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Bell Creek Trail #459

Intermediate
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This trail traverses one of the best stands of old-growth forest in the entire Columbia Gorge area.


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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

92%

Runnable

2,956' 901 m

High

2,689' 820 m

Low

447' 136 m

Up

459' 140 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

This trail is in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness and the usual federal wilderness area regulations and restrictions apply here. Practice Leave No Trace (LNT) backcountry skills and ethics. Camp 100 feet from fragile areas; bury human waste at least 200 feet from water, trails, and campsites. This trail is usually closed by snow between November and May.

Description

This little used trail runs bwteen the Oneonta Trail #424 and the at Horsetail Creek Trail #425.

It promises (and delivers on) solitude as it traverses across the upper basin of Oneonta Canyon through stands of huge hemlocks, Douglas firs, and Western red cedars, across several open scree fields, and through spring soaked wetlands ringed by towering cedars.

Access to it from either end is limited by snow between November and May. Access from the #424 end is further limited by closure of Larch Mountain Road gate at milepost 10 during this same time period.

Flora & Fauna

A forest with huge hemlocks, Douglas firs, and Western red cedars. This forest may have been impacted by the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire.

Contacts

Shared By:

Bruce Hope

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A bridge on the Bell Creek Trail
Feb 22, 2018 near Bridal…, OR
Along the Bell Creek Trail
Feb 22, 2018 near Bridal…, OR

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