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Outback Trail

Intermediate
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Enjoy mature forest, burbling creeks, and wildflowers in a recent clear-cut in this isolated area of the State Forest.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

82%

Runnable

317' 97 m

High

15' 5 m

Low

100' 30 m

Up

303' 92 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek

Need to Know

No bathroom, look out for mountain bikes.

Runner Notes

Seasonal mud can be slick.

Description

The trailhead parking is near the halfway point of the trail, providing an opportunity to run either way, downhill or uphill.
Downhill from the trailhead, the trail takes a switchback and dives into a mature forest, crossing several small bridges over creeks. It's green, peaceful, and an easy run. The trail ends at the same road you drove in on, and the runner will need to head back up to the trailhead.

Uphill from the trailhead climbs quickly into a recent clear-cut that is filled with wildflowers in the spring, though watch out for thistle. It can be nice to get some sun while running in the PNW, so enjoy the openness. There are good views of the forest all around. The trail heads back into the trees and ends on the road again, further up from where you parked. Turn and follow the trail back to the parking area.

The nearby Coal Creek Trail is closed due to extensive trail damage from flooding and storms. There are dangerously unstable bridges that need to be repaired. Please stay off closed trails for your own safety.

Flora & Fauna

Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, swordfern

Contacts

Land Manager: Tillamook State Forest

Shared By:

Samantha Goodwin

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Photos

Wooden bridge with railings over a creek in a deeply forested area.
Sep 10, 2020 near Cannon…, OR
Wildflowers in a recently planted clearcut.
Sep 10, 2020 near Cannon…, OR
Parking area on the Outback Trail.
Sep 10, 2020 near Cannon…, OR

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