|Looking southeast across the Wilson River at Highway 6.|
The Wilson River runs west along Highway 6 to Tillamook, starting just below the crest of the Coast Range at Brown's Camp. The trail runs for about 20 miles, starting at the Elk Creek campground and ending about 5 miles west of the Tillamook Forest Center. It's mostly single track, with a few short road connections and there are some significant elevation gains where you swing high above the river to traverse rocky outcroppings.
We parked at the Footbridge trailhead, a few miles past the Forestry Center. This is a popular swimming hole in the summer months, but on a rainy day in March, we had it all to ourselves. One of the reasons I had picked this particular trail was that even though the Coast Range receives heavy rainfall, the WRT (yeah, that's what I'm calling it now) has good drainage and is less susceptible to erosion and rutting making it a good option in winter and spring. We saddled up and rode a hundred feet down the highway shoulder to the actual Footbridge and crossed over.
|The Hymanator warily modeling the spring selection of footbridges.|
|This is looking up at a waterfall that crossed the trail at the top of the first ridge.|
|Apparently they have bats.|
We passed the Forest Center, and another mile brought us to the Jones Creek campground, followed closely by another sharp climb over a ridge to the Diamond Mill OHV area. OHV is a fancy guvmint term for motorsickles and other sweet gasoline powered recreation devices. Fortunately, the area was closed to motorized traffic so it was quiet except for the increasingly heavy rain. At Diamond Mill the trail crosses back over the river and climbs toward Kings Mountain.
|The bridge leading to King's Mountain|
|The river underneath the Diamond Mill bridge.|
Wilson River Trail Map