An Enjoyable Hike from the Nehalem River to the Summit of the Coastal Mountains

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Gales Creek Trail

I enjoy hiking in the Coastal Mountains. It’s always an interesting change of environment compared to the Cascade Mountains to the east.

In early November I took a pleasant seven-mile out-and-back hike on the Gales Creek Trail to Bells Camp Road from the west side of the Coastal Mountains.

I started the day by driving to the Reehers Camp Trailhead west of Timber, a great name for a small logging town in Western Oregon.

The trail followed the Nehalem River for awhile before crossing the river and beginning the 1,500-foot climb to Bells Camp Road.

The trail is poorly marked, but makes for a nice outing. On the summit I explored some logging roads for awhile before starting the return trip.

At one point the trail crossed the long-abandoned Tillamook Railroad track.

Interestingly enough, I saw no other hikers.

Nehalem River

Leaves scattered on the trail

Oregon Grape with its autumn colors

A section of the abandoned Tillamook Railroad

Lots of moss and lichen in the rain forest

Wood Sorrel beginning to turn autumn colors

Footbridge on the lower portion of hike

Channeling Monet

Trail in the mid-section of the hike

Leaves scattered along the trail

Easy to get lost within the maze of logging roads



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  1. Look at all that lush greenery and those fallen leaves blanketing the trail and the bridge. I can just see myself wandering that area in amazement and awe. Thank you for sharing these wondrous pics. I think Jason I will be taking a trip to the Muir Woods soon. 🙂

  2. I really liked that ‘Channeling Monet’.

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