Browns Camp Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,036' 316 m
Descent: -1,042' -318 m
High: 1,923' 586 m
Low: 1,343' 409 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“A 7.5-mile loop that travels over some of the area's finest trails.”— Eric Ashley
If you'd like to make a longer loop, the Storey Burn Trail, Sickter Lars Trail, bottom of Gales Creek Trail, and Gales Creek Trail - Gales Creek TH to Summit TH can be added to this route for a total of 15 miles of pedaling.
This ride has been called "Browns Camp Loop" for years but the signs and maps for the area all call it the inspiring "Historic Hiking Loop". Remember this when navigating the area for the first few times.
The next section of trail is rewardingly level as it leads through a charming forest. The grade steepens again before another road crossing, which is followed by a fast-and-steep descent into the clearcut. The grade once again mellows at the edge of the trees as the trail winds down to a creek. Keep left here. Ahead, the forest takes on an especially spooky quality before the trail ends at Beaver Dam Road across from the Wilson River Wagon Road Trail.
With a new trail comes a new climb. Wilson River Wagon Road Trail isn't as punchy, but the climbing continues through dense trees for over a mile. A thinned grove of trees marks the top of the climb, and then it's time to race down the other side (which includes two more road crossings). Expect some modest climbs to add variety to the singletrack. The last segment of this trail parallels, and then eventually pops onto, University Falls Road across from the Gravelle Brothers Trail.
Past the parking area, the Gravelle Brothers Trail begins with a steep, sometimes-slippery descent. Make sure to take the very short spur to the actual University Falls!
From there, the trail alternates between short climbs and descents as riders gradually lose elevation through a picturesque forest of moss, ferns, and alders.
Keep right at the Storey Burn Trail intersection, and begin a gradual climb. The trail briefly turns to very old doubletrack before ending at the Elliott Creek OHV Trail just before an ODOT gravel station. This segment of the Elliott Creek OHV Trail is obvious, as it runs behind concrete barriers. Turn right and then left to connect to Saddle Mountain Road and follow it back to the parking area.
On the upper reaches of the Gravelle Brothers Trail, some charred stumps can be seen. These are from the Tillamook Burn, which ravaged what we now know as Tillamook State Forest in the earlier half of the 20th century. Persistent reforestation efforts created much of the forest we now love west of the Portland Metro Area.
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Land Manager: Oregon Department of Forestry