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.