If you’ve been through Tillamook lately, you’ve surely noticed the construction project near the intersection of Highways 6 and 101. It’s a major effort to upgrade a complicated intersection that was never designed to carry the traffic loads it currently does. Read more about the project at its website.
Even though we’re still several years away from major trail construction, there’s plenty of work to do to get ready: trail segment planning, engineering assessments, hazardous material surveys, public involvement, marketing plans, economic and health benefit studies, permitting, and what feels like a million other things to think about and prepare for. We’ve been busy collectively raising capacity funds to assist with this work, and we need your help.
Detailed planning for the valley segment of the future Salmonberry Trail—located between Banks and Reehers Camp Campground in the Tillamook State Forest—is about to begin, thanks to a significant grant from the Washington County Visitors Association.
Embark on visual tour of the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad and the places that will eventually become the Salmonberry Trail.
In this short video, we start in the Washington County and make our way into the Coast Range along the Salmonberry River, the Nehalem River and bay, then to the Pacific Ocean.
All of the odds were stacked against the rail builders who opened the Salmonberry country in the early 1900s: heavy rains, high water, steep and inaccessible hillsides thick with timber, an ongoing challenge of finding sufficient workers, supplies and equipment.
The Manhattan Beach walk is an out-and-back adventure that begins on the wide strand of Rockaway Beach. Walking north, you will cross Spring Creek to the quieter Nedonna Beach and to breathtaking views of the Coast Range. As you reach the mouth of the Nehalem, look for harbor seals.
Look carefully and you can see there is light at the end of the tunnel. One of 9 tunnels on the Salmonberry dug by hand, horse and explosives more than a century ago, it's a hazardous place today that we'll have to evaluate during trail planning and site evaluation.
Engines chugged over this bridge, which spans Highway 47 just north of Buxton. It's been years since it's been maintained, and like all of the existing river and road crossings on the old Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad will need careful evaluation during trail planning.
Salmonberry Trail meeting set April 6, 2017
Banks OR - The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will meet in Banks to discuss issues related to ownership and management of the proposed 84 mile Salmonberry Trail corridor that will connect the cities of Tillamook and Banks. The meeting will be from 6:00 pm to 9 p.m. at the Banks Fire District #13, 13430 NW Main St., Banks, OR 97106.
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