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  • Welcome! 

    August 5, 2010, 07:36

    The trails presented on this website  are a continuation of the trail selections first compiled by Jim Thayer and published in the trail guidebook, Portland…

    • Take a Hike 

      July 5, 2010, 21:54

      I love walking in the woods where nobody ever goes. Oregon is full of dramatically beautiful places to go hiking from the Columbia Gorge to the remote…

    • About... 

      July 5, 2010, 22:29

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  • West Hills 

    July 21, 2010, 10:03

    This site explores surveyed and mapped walking routes from Portland to the Coast. The trails and the differing routes are broken into distinct segments and…

    • Jason Lee trail (historical) 

      December 2, 2013, 00:03

        Jason Lee Road from "Hillsborough" to St. Helens For the purposes of this dissertain on early travel routes, I will not digress to explain the…

    • Logie Trail (historical) 

      December 2, 2013, 00:06

      Anywhere where there are animals or people; there are trails. The trails tell a story about the place. The trails are the arteries of a network that bind…

    • Jackson Creek 

      July 22, 2010, 23:20

      Brief summary: This walk is mostly on an older, rarely used logging road, but a portion of the trail traces a less defined road that has become partially…

    • Vedanta Retreat trail 

      November 23, 2013, 15:52

      Brief summary: This walk is mostly on private property owned by the Vedanta Society, a Hindu religious organization whose main temple is located on SE 55th…

    • Barrow Loop 

      July 22, 2010, 23:21

      Brief summary: This is one of my favorites trails that keeps pulling me back in all weathers. I have named this the “Barrow Trail” because of the huge…

    • Gourlay Creek & Dutch Canyon 

      July 22, 2010, 21:16

      The Lower Columbia Corridor is the first segment through which my surveyed hiking trail connecting Forest Park to the Coast must pass.  It begins at Rocky…

      • Bridle Trail - Upper Gourlay Creek area 

        July 22, 2010, 23:21

        Brief summary: This trail is a strategic access route for the southern end of the Gourlay Creek watershed. The trail itself is an infrequently used track…

      • Gourlay Creek - Main Stem 

        July 22, 2010, 23:24

        Brief summary: This walk follows a main line logging road into the remote reaches of the Gourlay Creek and Raymond Creek watersheds. This area is…

      • Gourlay Creek - Lower Loop 

        July 22, 2010, 23:25

        Brief summary: This walk follows a remote little used logging road into the lower parts of the Gourlay Creek watershed. This area is not currently being…

      • Elk Kick Loop 

        July 22, 2010, 23:25

        Brief summary: This trail joins two idyllic forest roads by means of a bushwhack that climbs a scenic ridge. As the name of this trail suggests there is much…

      • Buck Mountain Loop 

        July 22, 2010, 23:26

        Brief summary: This trail is mostly on rough logging road with moderate to large sized rock underfoot.  The side trails that meander through the woods along…

      • Gourlay Creek - Upper Trail 

        August 9, 2010, 22:53

        Brief summary: This walk follows a remote little used logging road into the upper reaches of the Gourlay Creek watershed. This logging road is a solitary…

    • Southwestern Slope 

      August 10, 2010, 08:10

      The Lower Columbia Corridor is the first segment through which my surveyed hiking trail connecting Forest Park to the Coast must pass. It begins at Rocky…

      • Pottratz Road Loop 

        August 10, 2010, 11:09

        Distance: 2.57 miles round trip Walk duration: 1 hours 40 minutes Travel time to trail head: 40 minutes Driving directions to the trailhead: Driving…

      • Rim Road & Panther Creek 

        August 10, 2010, 11:09

        Distance: 6.06 miles (one way) Walk duration: 4 hours approximately Travel time to trail head: 56 minutes (32 miles) Travel south on 405 and turn…

      • Jackson Creek - West slope 

        August 10, 2010, 11:10

        Distance: 2.25 miles Walk duration: 1 hour minutes Travel time to trail head: 26 minutes (17.8 miles) Take US 30 to Logie Trail and ascend to Skyline…

      • Bacona Road 

        August 10, 2010, 11:11

        Distance: 10.2 miles Walk duration: 4 hours - one way Travel time to trail head: 1 hour (35.5 miles) Head north on I-405 towards St. Helens for…

      • Rye Hill loop 

        August 10, 2010, 11:12

        Distance: 4 miles round trip, 5.32 miles using extended route Walk duration: 3 hours, or less Elevation change: Brief summary: Travel time to…

    • Scappoose-Vernonia-Banks Linear Trails 

      August 19, 2010, 07:31

      The Lower Columbia Corridor is the first segment through which my surveyed hiking trail connecting Forest Park to the Coast must pass.  It begins at Rocky…

      • 01: Banks to Manning 

        August 19, 2010, 13:21

        Distance: 3.63 miles Walk duration: less than 2 hours Travel time to trail head: 25 minutes (18.3 miles) Drive northwest from the Sylvan…

      • 02: Buxton to Stub Stewart 

        August 19, 2010, 13:24

        Distance: 15 miles Walk duration: 5 hours Travel time to trail head: 34 minutes (27 miles) From the Sylvan Interchange on US 26 travel west on the…

      • 03a: Stub Stewart to Trestle 

        August 19, 2010, 13:26

        Distance: 4.64 miles round trip Walk duration: 2 hours Travel time to trail head: From the Sylvan interchange on US 26 (top of the West Hills) take…

      • 03b: Trestle to Braun 

        August 19, 2010, 13:31

        Distance: 3 miles (one way) Walk duration: 1 hours 10 minutes (one way) Travel time to trail head: 37 minutes (31.6 miles) Elevation change:…

      • 03c: Braun to Vernonia Lake 

        August 19, 2010, 13:43

        Distance: 8.25 miles (Braun to Vernonia Lake and back to Anderson Park trail head) Walk duration: 3 hours 15 minutes Travel time to trail head: 1…

      • 04: Vernonia Lake to Elk Creek. 

        August 19, 2010, 21:01

        Distance: 4 miles Walk duration: 2 hours Travel time to trail head: 1 hour 10 minutes (49 miles) to E. Knott St., Vernonia Elevation change:…

      • 05: Elk Creek to Summit. 

        August 19, 2010, 21:07

        Distance: 5.54 miles Walk duration: 3 hours Travel time to trail head: 47 minutes (32 miles) to summit of Scappoose/Vernonia Rd. Elevation…

      • 6: Summit to Spitzenberg 

        August 19, 2010, 21:11

        Distance: 5.36 miles (one way) Walk duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (Riding bikes from the Summit to Spitzenberg Jct. is highly recommended!) Travel time…

      • 7: Spitzenberg to Scappoose 

        August 19, 2010, 21:12

        Distance: 5.8 miles (one way) Walk duration: 2 hours 15 minutes Travel time to trail head: 26 minutes (20.6 miles) Elevation change: 520 ft rise…

  • Nehalem Valleys 

    August 19, 2010, 07:28

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    • Peterson Crossover 

      November 3, 2010, 16:14

      Distance: 6.07 miles Walk duration: 3 hour 15 minutes Travel time to trail head: 45 minutes (38.1 miles) Travel west on US 26 to Highway 47. Turn…

    • Connection to Hwy 26 & Trestleview Trail 

      November 3, 2010, 16:16

      Distance: 5 miles Walk duration: 3 hours 00 minutes Travel time to trail head: 41 minutes (34.1 miles) at Tophill Elevation change: 1330' in…

    • Eastside Grade to Camp McGregor Road 

      December 10, 2010, 14:06

      Brief summary: This hike is located about midway to the coast on the northern route - on the north side of the Sunset Highway. It is one of the most remote…

    • Rocky Point to Eastside Grade 

      November 28, 2010, 00:31

      Distance: 10.6 miles round trip Walk duration: 5 hours Travel time to trail head: 52 minutes (41.1 miles from West Burnside & I-405) Elevation…

    • Eastside Gradeline to Rock Creek Gradeline Connection. 

      December 29, 2010, 23:43

      Brief description: This short trail serves to connect the western end of the East-side Gradeline with the Rock Creek Mainline - an important watershed…

    • Dogthief Mountain 

      December 30, 2010, 00:00

      Brief description: This trail segment linking Camp McGregor road to the Military Creek Road is located about half way to the coast on the northern route.…

    • Military Creek Road 

      December 30, 2010, 00:09

      Brief description:This trail is more than half way to the coast and is accessed by a turn off about a mile west of the rest area. This trail connects to the…

    • Cow Creek 

      December 30, 2010, 00:26

      Brief description:This trail is about two-thirds of the way to the coast, and is most easily accessed via the hamlet of Vinemaple located on Highway 103 (exit…

    • Steam Donkey 

      April 10, 2011, 19:14

      Brief description: This Tillamook State Forest trail is more than half way to the coast and is accessed by a turn off at the Sunset Rest Area. This trail…

    • Four County Point Trail 

      April 10, 2011, 20:04

      Brief description: This Tillamook State Forest trail is about 39 miles from Portland. Access is directly from the Sunset Highway, with parking on the…

    • Rock Creek 

      August 29, 2011, 19:56

      Brief description: This trail is more than half way to the coast and is accessed by a turn off about a mile west of the rest area. This trail is not part of…

    • Bloom Lake Hike 

      September 16, 2014, 20:42

      Distance: 3 miles round trip Trail description: single track path, and some logging roads Travel Time to Trail head: 1 hour 20 minutes from downtown…

  • Saddle Mtn 

    August 19, 2010, 07:28

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    • Ridge Runners' Delight 

      November 10, 2010, 15:14

      Brief summary: This is the final segment of the Northern Route connecting Forest Park to Seaside, Oregon. This segment consists of a long sloping descent along…

    • Pope Ridge to Saddle Mountain 

      December 30, 2010, 00:40

      Brief Description: This is the first of two trail segments that comprise a single long hike (14.5 miles) from the Lower Nehalem up the slopes of Saddle…

    • Saddle Mountain to Humbug Mountain 

      December 30, 2010, 00:53

      Brief description: This Northern Route trail segment is the second stage of a longer route that combines with the "Pope Ridge to Saddle Mountain" track to…

  • Salmonberry area 

    July 21, 2010, 11:56

    This site explores surveyed and mapped walking routes from Portland to the Coast. The trails and the differing routes are broken into distinct segments and…

    • Gales Creek area hikes 

      July 11, 2010, 09:56

      This site explores surveyed and mapped walking routes from Portland to the Coast. The trails and the differing routes are broken into distinct segments and…

      • University Falls & Gravelle Brothers Trail 

        July 11, 2010, 20:54

        Brief summary: This nice wooded trail follows Elliott Creek along the slope of these hills. University Falls is worth the 500 foot detour, but the lack of…

      • Wilson River Wagon Road Trail 

        July 19, 2010, 15:51

        Brief Description: This path retraces the historic wagon route connecting Tillamook and the Tualatin valley. It is a lovely hike up the side of the Wilson…

      • Triple C Trail 

        July 20, 2010, 17:23

        Brief summary: This well maintained horse trail is located near the railroad tracks that used to carry the Tillamook railroad through the Salmonberry…

      • Storey Burn Trail 

        July 20, 2010, 22:48

        Brief description: This nice wooded trail is part of the Tillamook State Forest just south of the Southern Route. It follows Gale's Creek and then…

      • King's Mountain and Elk Mountain Loop 

        October 29, 2013, 22:17

        Elk Mountain and King’s Mountain loop  General description: Steep climb up Elk mountain followed by rugged ridgeline traverse to King’s Mountain,…

      • Gales Creek Loop via Round Top 

        September 23, 2014, 10:10

        Brief summary:   From the Gales Creek Campground, just off Highway 6, this trail follows Gales Creek up past its headwaters and over the first range of…

    • Upper Salmonberry 

      August 29, 2010, 21:59

      Brief Summary: This upper portion of the Salmonberry River trail extends from Cochran Pond about 6.25 miles down to where the Belding and Beaver Slide roads…

    • Lower Salmonberry River 

      August 29, 2010, 21:59

      Brief Summary: The "Lower" Salmonberry trail runs west from where both Belding, and Beaver Slide Roads intersect this wild river. It is an overnight…

    • Two Rocks Loop 

      November 19, 2010, 08:34

      Distance: From Scofield Road: 5.42 miles round trip Over the tunnel: 4.52 miles round trip Walk duration: From Scofield Road: 2 hours 30…

    • Ridge Road to Dober Road 

      November 22, 2010, 21:25

      Brief summary: This segment is the first of three trails that connect the trails north of US 26 to the trails that descend the Salmonberry River. This first…

    • Dober Road 

      December 29, 2010, 23:25

      Brief Description: This trail is the middle section of a three part "passage" connecting the trails north of US 26 to the entrance of the Salmonberry River…

    • Cochran Road 

      December 29, 2010, 23:33

      Brief Description: This segment follows the dirt road leading from Timber to Cochran Pond, which can easily be navigated by car (my recommendation).…

  • Nature & Places 

    July 5, 2010, 21:55

    Exploring the Flora, Fauna of the Tualatin Hills This page is the introductory “splash” page leading into four sub-pages that catalogue those animals…

    • Mammals 

      March 6, 2011, 11:32

      Cougars: Although archeological records are obscure, the cougar likely evolved as a distinct species 390,000 years ago. Scientists suggest…

    • Insects and Amphibians 

      March 6, 2011, 11:34

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    • Plants & Trees 

      March 6, 2011, 11:34

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    • Birds 

      March 6, 2011, 11:35

      • Ravens and crows 

        July 20, 2011, 11:02

        An old partner – the Raven The Northwest Indians revered the raven as a powerful, aggressive trickster and credit him with being responsible for the…

    • Geology 

      March 6, 2011, 11:35

      The Portland Hills Faults Briefly, the meeting of the Juan de Fuca Plate with the North American plate are what produce the volcanic activity in our area,…

      • Fossil hunting along the Sunset Highway 

        December 5, 2011, 00:26

        Mud is us! If you spend much time squelching through Oregon’s soggy landscapes you might get the feeling that we have only recently squeezed from the…

      • The Geology of the West Hills 

        December 5, 2011, 00:31

        The Geology of the West Hills Let’s consider for a moment what we’re walking over. What are the Tualatin Mountains made of and when were they formed? …

    • Places 

      March 6, 2011, 11:36

      It seems that our Western culture consumes itself so that after just a few years all traces of a once bustling community has all but melted back into the…

      • St.Helens 

        July 20, 2011, 11:57

        Historical anecdotes about St. Helens and mountain travel: Historical records describe how Elmer Everett Nickerson,  one of the early settlers in…

      • Necanicum River 

        July 20, 2011, 11:49

        The Necanicum River: The tributaries draining off the south flank of Saddle Mountain and it's neighbor, Humbug Mountain flow into the Necanicaum River. In…

      • Camp Eight 

        July 20, 2011, 11:54

        Camp Eight: About two miles from Hawkins Road, or 5 miles from the summit the CZ Trail enters a flat plain tucked into a broad bend in the flanking hills.…

    • Pacific Greenway Project 

      March 6, 2011, 11:36

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    • Indian lore 

      July 20, 2011, 10:47

      Whispers of a bygone era... As I have explored and assembled information about the coast Range, I've come across occasional anecdotes and information…

      • The Clatsop Indians 

        July 20, 2011, 11:12

        The Indians that inhabited the 1100 square miles of coastal plain and river valleys north of Neakahnie Mountain to the mouth of the Columbia were known…

    • Forestry history 

      August 30, 2011, 22:18

      We grow trees for the history books! Make no mistake this corner of the world is home to the giants, not just Paul Bunyan and his gigantic blue ox, but…

      • Camp Eight 

        August 30, 2011, 22:49

        Camp Eight: About two miles from Hawkins Road, or 5 miles from the summit the CZ Trail enters a flat plain tucked into a broad bend in the flanking hills.…

      • Camp McGregor 

        August 30, 2011, 22:59

        Ten thousand of the best men that ever wore calks could never have done as we did.. The great Tillamook Burn of 1933 has received a lot of attention,…

  • History 

    January 20, 2013, 22:55

    This is the home page for my pending book project. I will use this section to organize my book into its component parts so that I can work on various parts…

    • Forward 

      January 20, 2013, 23:16

      A different perspective on walking in the woods…   Upon reading my materials and observations on Oregon’s coastal range the question frequently…

    • Introduction 

      January 20, 2013, 23:32

      Introduction:   Sometime in the winter of 2005, I found myself standing near the summit of Buck Mountain, watching the clouds sweep up the Columbia…

    • 1750's 

      January 21, 2013, 07:58

      This is the first section of the book concentrating on what the northwestern corner of Oregon was like during the time the Indians dominated the area. It was…

    • 1840's 

      January 21, 2013, 08:12

      This section of the book focuses on the arrival of the Europeans and the settlement of the Lower Columbia and the Nehalem Valley. Settlement of Astoria Ja…

      • Chapter 7 - Before the Wagons arrived 

        January 21, 2013, 09:06

        Work in progress on this section... Today Portland dominates the confluence of the Willamette River and the Columbia River. But it was not always so. In…

      • Chapter 8 - 1840 brings New Arrivals 

        January 21, 2013, 00:40

        90 years later...

      • Chapter 9 - Penetrating the Nehalem River valley 

        January 21, 2013, 00:44

        Stories from the early settlement of the Nehalem valley. The Finnish settlements in the Necanicum River Valley. Reach of Tides - stories from the lower…

      • Chapter 10 - Portraits 

        January 21, 2013, 09:08

        Cowanish, the Owyhee Indian that fought the Klickitats on Logie Trail. Find prior write up. Thomas McKay Chief Concomly Theodore Winthrop David…

      • Chapter 11 - tbd 

        January 21, 2013, 09:09

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      • Chapter 12 - tbd 

        January 21, 2013, 09:10

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    • 1930's 

      January 21, 2013, 08:08

      This section of the book focuses on the early twentieth century and the heyday of the logging industry and lumberjack culture.

    • 2020's 

      January 21, 2013, 08:16

      This section of the book concentrates on how this region may develop. It incorporates ideas about evolving forestry practices, progressive urban and rural…

  • Purchases 

    November 18, 2013, 21:58

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    • Buying Stuff! 

      November 23, 2013, 15:05

      Welcome to the Forest Hiker store! I have collected all the best trail descriptions (in .pdf format) and the associated maps for you to download - ready for…

    • Purchase Confirmation 

      November 18, 2013, 21:58

      Thank you for your purchase!

    • Purchase History 

      November 18, 2013, 21:58

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  • Site Map 

    August 1, 2010, 20:54

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    • Smart Grid Blog 6 

      February 14, 2011, 16:22

      Smart Grid Blog 6 - February 14, 2011 Chasing the Benefits -       Conrad Eustis This lecture is a continuation of Conrad’s prior lecture in…

    • Smart Grid Blog 5 

      February 9, 2011, 22:05

      Smart Grid Blog 5 - February 7, 2011 PSU's third annual Smart Grid class is now about half way through the Syllabus and there seems still so much to…

    • Smart Grid Blog 3 

      February 1, 2011, 15:58

      Blog 3 – PA 510 January 24th, 2011 This was the third class of PSU’s 2011 iteration of the Smart Grid Course – a path breaking instructional offering…

    • Smart Grid Blog 2 

      January 24, 2011, 08:22

      Blog 2 – PA 510 January 18th, 2011 This second class was devoted to laying the foundation for the examination of Smart Grid. Conrad Eustis provided a…

    • Smart Grid Blog 4 

      February 1, 2011, 18:15

      Smart Grid Blog 4 - January 31, 2011 Getting Smarter Attending the Smart Grid Class reminds me of an old Russian joke that I heard from my grandfather…

    • Smart Grid Blog 7 

      February 28, 2011, 14:34

      Smart Grid class # 7 February 21, 2011 _________________________________________________ An overview of Economic, Institutional, and Rates issues…

    • Smart Grid Blog 8 

      March 12, 2011, 22:35

      Smart Grid Class #8  February 28, 2011 The eighth session of this course was devoted to the topic of how the Smart Grid intersects with the consumer. To…


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