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Browns Camp Loop

 30 votes

Length

7.4 Miles 12.0 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,062' 324 m

Ascent

-1,068' -325 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

1,927' 587 m

High

1,342' 409 m

Low

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Minor Issues 38 days ago
Muddy - Please do not clear the couple fallen trees on the trail. They are a small price to pay for keeping horses off the trails History

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A 7.5-mile loop that travels over some of the area's finest trails.

Eric Ashley

Overview

The Browns Camp Loop is a beautiful ride traveling through the rolling terrain and vibrant woodlands of the Tillamook State Forest. There are plenty of roots spread throughout, but significant tech is at a minimum. The constant ups-and-downs along narrow, twisting singletrack make this a loop that will test your fitness. Be ready to work for your fun and you'll have a great time.

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.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

The trails in Tillamook State Forest can stay wet and soft in the spring and after heavy rains. Be a good trail steward, and only ride when the trails are dry.

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.

Description

Begin at the Rogers Camp Trailhead, and head south onto Nels Rogers Trail. As is typical for the area, the trail gets right to the point with a lung-busting, leg-killing climb. Fortunately, the steeps disappear soon after crossing Firebreak One Road.

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.

History & Background

The Wilson River Wagon Road Trail, which makes up a large portion of the ride, follows a portion of a historic toll road which was opened in 1893. Stagecoaches and oxen carts used it as the main route between the towns of Forest Grove and Tillamook.

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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Oct 30, 2017
Kayo Plevac
6.6mi — 1h 28m
Oct 10, 2017
Francis Bouchard B
Sep 24, 2017
Richard Fitzgerald
conditions good 8.3mi
Sep 3, 2017
Darren Beckstrand
Sep 2, 2017
Brian Grattan
Great tail 8.2mi
Aug 17, 2017
Rick M
Aug 13, 2017
Oscar Arevalo
Tough, but lots of fun. 8.8mi — 2h 18m
Jul 15, 2017
Ian Hand
7.4mi

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  4.2 from 30 votes

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Looking at the posts, I was very excited to try this trail. In actuality, I was a bit disappointed... there isn't much flow,the sections I found were up-and-downs with technical sections interrupting the flow. Technical = roots (and more roots, and MORE roots). As of June 2016, several sections are *still* closed for logging (I didn't bother charging in and checking it out, though). From Rogers Camp, I recommend doing Storey Burn (starts off downhill, but then transitions into a major slog uphill as you get North of the highway) and looping around down Gales Creek. Jun 5, 2016
Alex Kuhn
Hillsboro
Alex Kuhn   Hillsboro
Such a great and challenging loop. For sure deserves the 'difficult' rating. Beautiful trail with amazing wild flowers and great vistas. Challenging roots and rocks on the trial. Can't wait to go back. Somewhat hard to find. The last arrow that points towards the left to Brown's camp, just turn right and park immediately. The tail is 50ft ahead crossing the gravel road. Jul 5, 2017
C M
C M  
The trail is open. There are some new bridges and nice views of the forest with the occasional vista. Check out University Falls for sure. Tough steep climbing. Lots of smooth loamy sections with some roots and a few rocks. The climbing is what will challenge you. Not very flowy and some abrupt sharp turns with no berms. Not dusty and rutted out in mid-August, though. Aug 22, 2017

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