THE FOUR SEGMENTS
The 26 mile section of the trail hugs the coast from the City of Wheeler on the north, to the City of Tillamook on the south. Along the way, this “rail with trail” route passes through the Cities of Rockaway Beach, Garibaldi, and Bay City, and provides non-motorized travelers with a safe alternative to Highway 101. The trail will also connect numerous state, county, and city parks located along the coast, and provide access to the Tillamook Cheese Factory and other popular tourist stops.
This section spans 17 miles, from the confluence of the Salmonberry and Nehalem Rivers to the City of Wheeler, located on the shores of scenic Nehalem Bay. In this section, the trail will be located adjacent to what will remain an active scenic railroad operation (rail with trail). Users will enjoy views of the Nehalem River, including Nehalem Falls, and the lush farmlands of Tillamook County as the trail approaches the coast.
This 16 mile section is the wildest, passing through the rugged and remote Salmonberry River canyon. Along the way are numerous tunnels and bridges, lush riparian forests, and spectacular views of the river. This section of trail will be for the most adventurous users, with limited access or facilities along the way.
Approximately 25 miles of “rail to trail”, this segment starts at the City of Banks, and rises 1600 feet in elevation to its summit at Cochran, west of Timber. The trail passes over several historic trestles along the way, as it travels through the farmlands and wine country of the Tualatin Valley, and the young Douglas-fir forests in the area of the Tillamook Burn fires of the 1930’s and 40’s.
Oregon’s dense forests have long served as the backbone of our state’s economy. For generations, our timber and natural resource industries drew workers and families, and sparked brisk business as rural towns thrived. Today, the rugged region is a melting pot of working forests, farms and natural habitats, and a resource in the rough for many people who enjoy the Pacific Northwest’s world-class outdoor recreation activities, such as biking, hiking, and horseback riding.
These rural towns seek to recast their economic futures to encompass more than their traditional timber-based past. Communities are eager to imagine a more vibrant and sustainable future that draws on their shared natural resource heritage, and adds family wage jobs. These towns are keen to strengthen their bonds with one another, united in the belief that a rising tide lifts all boats.