This ride combines the short loops of the Triple C Trail
and Step Creek Trail
to create a decent sized ride: long enough to warrant driving out to Reehers Camp Trailhead, but not so long as to do all of Gales Creek Trail
Tillamook State Forest sees heavy logging activity. Be ready to change plans if some part of your ride is closed due to logging.
In reality these loops can be ridden in any configuration. Clockwise, counter-clockwise, once, or twice. The loops are manageable enough and close enough to be creative with your endurance. Triple C Trail
is shorter and easier, so it could be a nice warm-up or cool-down.
The section of Gales Creek Trail
that connects the two is mostly uphill when heading southbound. It's quite manageable for a mildly in-shape ride. About halfway up the connecting segment, the trail crosses a retired rail-line, an amusing relic of the past. The descent back to Reehers Camp Trailhead is fast and fun.