Last minute - North Fork of the Salmonberry to Enright adventure

  • August 4, 2012 · 8:00 AM
  • Sunset Transit Center

A long time ago there use to be a railroad track running along the Salmonberry river in the Tillamook forest. That track got washed out in 2007 and was never repaired, instead the whole track system was abandoned. Before that happened, this track was a good hiking destination as it provided access and a path to a very remote area of the Tillamook forest and a beautiful river. Today few people know about its existence. On this hike, we'll start from a close by access to the tracks and then follow whatever remains of the track west to Enright. If this doesn't sound like a real adventure, let me point out some of the things we can expect:

- We'll have to navigate and find our way

- There will be bushwhacking

- We will ford at least one river with knee deep waters. We might need to ford two or three creeks as well

- We'll hike thru several tunnels

- We'll cross several bridges and trestles

- We'll see remains of train tracks, machinery and cables across the river

- We'll get to Enright, where an old town used to exist. There are some cars and maybe structures in the area

- We might be able to explore further

 

This hike will be about 10 miles and a bit more than 1000' in elevation gain. Under our rating system is considered challenging but that doesn't include the bushwhacking and other challenges we may find.

 

What to bring:

- Good hiking shoes or boots

- Crocks, flip-flops or whatever you'll like to use to ford the river

- A pack towel

- Extra socks

- A flash light or head lamp or both

- Food and water

- Rain gear (just in case)

- Trekking poles

- Food and water

 

Carpooling: Total RT driving distance to trailheadis about 100 miles. We suggest a gas donation of 10cents/mile/person or $10. Exact change makes it easier to divide among drivers. Nobody will be turned back for their inability to contribute.

PLEASE NOTE: The last portion of the road is rough and not recommended for low clearance vehicles. please indicate in your RSVP if you can drive, how many people can you take and if you have a 4WD or AWD

 

A word about my hiking style:

I'm never in a rush to get somewhere fast so my pace is usually between 2 and 2.5 miles/hour with frequent stops to take pictures. I also like to make a stop for lunch, preferably somewhere where we can sit down and enjoy the surroundings. I like exploring and checking out viewpoints or other interesting things while sticking to the plan. In some of my hikes (specially if the word "adventure" is included in the title) we'll go off-trail which requires some navigation, route finding and bushwhacking. When doing so, I take routes that I have researched, have waypoints on my GPS and/or have a map. I can get a bit disoriented but unless I say we're lost, we're not. Be patient and I'll find a route.

While hiking, unless I say otherwise or we are bushwhacking, I like to keep a loose point and sweep system where anybody can be upfront (point) or behind (sweep). When doing so if you are ahead you are point and should stop at every fork or intersection to regroup. If you are last, you are sweep and should maintain awareness that nobody is behind you. Nobody has to be point or sweep for the entire hike.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was good fun, we hiked saddle mountain, and later ended up Chilling at Canon beach, tanning, having clam chowder and beers.. Great day

    August 5, 2012

  • Claudio

    Hey all, I hope you had a fun day. I came back home and Shia, my dog, still had a swollen eye. WE found out it was a hornet that stung her. She got some Benadryl so she shoud be getting better soon. Sorry I was not able to lead the hike

    August 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are hear! We can't find you in the parking! Please, call us[masked]

    August 4, 2012

  • Esteban H.

    Is there not a wait list? I can drive as well if you open up more spots

    August 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    is anyone crossing downtown, on there way to the meetup point?? I would love a ride then..
    please text or call[masked]
    Claus

    August 3, 2012

  • Jill M

    This is killing me - I would love to go but have a hard stop and need to be back in town on a timely basis - I'll wait for the next one, but wanted to let you know that this sounds so interesting and will definitely be looking to go on another hike with you. Hope you post lots of pictures.

    August 3, 2012

  • Claudio

    Yes, please read the list. We need flashlights for the tunnels and flipflops or something to cross the river. Poles are a big help so please bring those as well... and no machetes!

    August 2, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    Clippers maybe. Machetes are dangerous tools to be swinging around.

    August 2, 2012

  • Keith

    I was there back in June. Be prepared for it to be very overgrown, almost impassable in spots. Enright has two houses and they were both occupied when I was there. So not exactly a ghost town but there is some abandoned railroad equipment including a bunch of old logging cars in the area.

    August 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will you be doing this hike again? I am too inexperienced to attempt it now and have a conflict.

    August 2, 2012

  • Lara

    This sounds awesome! However I have a conflict this Saturday. Will you be doing this hike again?

    August 2, 2012

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