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Elk Creek Trail

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Following an old road up the creek and up the side of Elk Mountain, this gentle incline is a beautiful forest trek.


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3.2

Miles

5.2

KM

75%

Runnable

2,882' 878 m

High

947' 289 m

Low

1,943' 592 m

Up

8' 2 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek

Need to Know

Elk Creek Campground is located at the beginning of the trail and has camping sites, a day use area, and vault toilets.

Runner Notes

A wide trail with a road-grade incline.

Description

Elk Creek Trail begins at the Elk Creek Trailhead, which is also a gateway to the Elk Mountain Trail and the Wilson River Trail. The trailhead is adjacent to a small primitive campground with a vault toilet. There are 20 parking spaces at the trailhead.

The trail follows an old road bed up Elk Creek before starting to wind it's way up the backside of Elk Mountain in several long, road-grade switchbacks. The road bed is thoroughly returned to dirt and moss and in some places is brushed in to a narrow track. The incline is largely gentle and the switchbacks make the elevation change gradual

The trail begins where the Wilson River Trail branches off and crosses the creek on a seasonal bridge. The bridge is used during the summer months but it pulled aside for spring, winter, and fall to avoid flood damage. To follow the Elk Creek Trail, do not cross the creek but continue north along the creek and uphill. The trail follows the creek for a while and travels through pleasant second-growth forest, largely Douglas Fir and Alder. West Fork Elk Creek runs high and strong during winter, spring, and fall and is a really lovely sight as you walk along above it's banks.

There are no turns or junctions until the trail meets the Elk Mountain Trail near the top of the ridgeline, where the old road joins another road and continues up the ridge to Elk Mountain.

Flora & Fauna

Douglas fir, Red Alder, swordfern

Contacts

Land Manager: Tillamook State Forest

Shared By:

Samantha Goodwin

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A wooden sign says "Elk Creek Trail" next to a trail that goes along a stream, which has a bridge across it.
Jan 26, 2021 near Banks, OR
A dirt trail goes through the forest, bordered by alders and thimbleberry bushes.
Jan 26, 2021 near Banks, OR
A wide dirt track or road leads through douglas fir.
Jan 26, 2021 near Banks, OR

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