The Salmonberry Trail Forges Ahead

We’re getting more photos of the Salmonberry Trail, so we won’t have to use this one so much.

 Tillamook State Forest – On April 1st, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, representatives from various state and local agencies and nonprofits, including the Port of Tillamook Bay, Washington County Visitors Association, Cycle Oregon, and more will meet at the Tillamook Forest Center in between Gales Creek and Tillamook on the Wilson River Highway to discuss and plan what may become a significant driving force in the local economy.

The Salmonberry Trail, a trail that will cover about 86 miles of a former railroad corridor, will stretch from the city of Banks, pass through the heart of Timber, and then dive into some of the most remote and rugged terrain in Northwest Oregon as it follows the Salmonberry River through the Coast Range before entering the gentler coastal regions, where it will end in Tillamook. Proposed as a hiking, cycling and equestrian trail, the trail plan has received largely positive reviews from local residents, with some concerns about access to existing land uses such as hunting and fishing by local residents. According to the Salmonberry Trail Master Plan, the plan “does not represent any limitations on the continued enjoyment of public lands for these purposes and may enhance access and safety for users.”

The meeting is open to the public, and will have an opportunity for public comments at the beginning of the meeting. The Tillamook Forest Center is located at
45500 Wilson River Highway
Tillamook, Oregon 97141

Editor’s note: Due to the potential significant impact on the region by the Salmonberry Trail, the Gales Creek Journal is taking an active role in covering the development and use of the Salmonberry Trail. We’ve partnered with the Tillamook County Pioneer to build a separate website that will, among other things, cover trail news, weather, and local trail amenities. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  We’ll also be getting some more photos of the trail site so we don’t have to keep recycling the one good photo we have. -Chas Hundley