Tillamook Timber

Development Route

Adventure in the Tillamook State Forest! This route explores the areas surrounding the future Salmonberry Trail.

This route is a modified version of the 2018 Cycle Oregon Gravel Event. “The major climb of the day comes early, at mile 3.5. You will gain just over 850 feet in 2 miles, an average gradient of 6%. Some sections of the climb exceed 10% for a short bit. From here on, it is scenic vistas and hulking logging equipment to see up close.” Check out their pre-ride video.

We recommend riding this route on a sunny fall day when the autumnal colors are on full display.

The Dirty Freehub Team has not ridden this route, thus the Development Route designation. However we have ridden with Cycle Oregon on their 7-day road adventure and with them for the 2019 Gravel Weekend. They put on great events and even better routes!

Based on the comments below, this route appears to have 5 Star qualities. We sure could use your help with:

  • a bit more route detail (road texture on different segments, views, hazards, etc.)
  • pictures and videos.

Our email address is at the bottom of the page. Thanks!

Adventure / Gravel Route

Figure 8 Loop: 28 miles / 2300 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 100% gravel
eBike Friendly: Yes
– Location: ~ 50 minutes northwest of Portland, Oregon
– Published: March 2019 (updated January 2021)

Technical Difficulty & Risk[what this means]


The Start

Reehers Camp. Camping area with pit toilets and a hand pump for water.
Lat / Long:  45.706988, -123.338063

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Brown = gravel / dirt road

  • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

    From LillianC / Fall 2019
    “I am the camp host at Reehers and I don’t think there is a more beautiful place to camp in the Tillamook forest. There is access to the Nehalem river (headwaters, so it is more like a stream), hiking trails for the novice and the more experienced, camping with a hand pump for WATER, vault toilets, and fire rings. There are 7 sites for non-horse owners that are spacious and semi-private. There are 10 sites for horse owners that contain well built corrals and plenty of room for your living-quarters trailer. Both loops have one pull through site. Just beyond our camp is a large staging area for horses, bike riders, and hikers with 4 picnic areas and two fire rings. We also have a shelter for larger groups! Nothing beats spending time in the forests of the coastal mountains. It is peaceful here and everyone is always pleasantly surprised when they find our little haven in the woods. So, if you enjoy peaceful tranquility with enjoyment for the whole family – come on up! Note: this is a first-come, first serve campground but in general non-horse sites only fill up on the weekends. Horse camp almost always has availability. If driving here during the week, keep a watch for log trucks on the road. Remember to be curtious to you neighbor. We like to keep a happy, peaceful camp!”

  • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

    This is a comment from AlanM on his Feb 7, 2021 ride.

    “Definitely looking forward to February’s Ride of the Month, but felt the need today to get further out into the forest, so rode a section of Dirty Freehub’s Tillamook Timber.

    Full Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29481707
    My shorter version (with photos): https://ridewithgps.com/trips/62389162

    Overall, road surface quality was generally decent – quite manageable on 650×40’s. Went outbound (west) on the northern side, and the forest was absolutely peaceful and wonderful. Got up into a long section with some snow along the shoulders, and the road along the Salmonberry river was quite picturesque.

    At the waistline of the figure-8, I decided to save the second loop for a future visit. The southern road coming back towards Timber was a fair bit rougher and chewed up from logging activities, but still rideable.”

  • Bryan says:

    Great gravel winter training ride. Rode on Jan 17, 2021. I saw nobody! Agree with previous recommendation, park at Reechers Camp Day-Use Area, located on Cochran Rd. and easy to find on Google Maps. When starting at Reechers Camp, I logged 29 miles, 2,300 ft elevation gain and its all downhill after mile 13.

  • Keith says:

    Rode this in the recommended direction on 7/21/2020 & started at 9am. Was wicked hot at the end of the ride, but perfect at the beginning. I agree that starting at Cochran road day use area is probably a better idea than the old US Post Office for various reasons. The first major climb feels like it lasts forever but you’re rewarded with a view to the east at the top. Also, on the western end of the ride you have a views of Saddle Mountain. I experienced no vehicles when riding but there were people bivouacking at random spots. There were a couple additional spots that looked appealing for camping when bikepacking along this route in the future.

  • Melissa says:

    Road this 9/28/20. Was a wonderful ride. Agree with riding in the fall. At the top of the first climb there is a logging turnout on the right that you can view 4 Mts from. Definitely worth the stop, we almost missed it. Large temperature swings coming in and out of the forest. Creek to filter water midway. A fair number of pot holes to dodge. Mostly excellent gravel. A very enjoyable, long, gradual descent.

    One recommendation: I’d park at the day use area on Cochran road, this will take out the few paved miles at the start and end of route on Timber road and avoid weird parking situation. The parking location off Timber Road was a little sketch.

  • Nathan says:

    I did this ride today and it was fantastic. Very few cars out there, but there were several hunters/target shooters in the deep forest. Be sure to ride in the direction recommended. The climbs are punchy, but the downhill flows are worth it!

    Be sure to bring your snacks and drinks. Theres no convenience stores in Timber to rely on.

    • Kevin / Co-Founder @ Dirty Freehub says:

      Thanks for the comment – it really helps out other riders. Yes, we ran into several hunting groups yesterday also. Bow hunters for Elk, Rifle for deer. Funny thing is we saw more animals than they did. We are also in the process of designing an orange Dirty Freehub bike kit for this time of year. Thanks!

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