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Cascade Head Trail #1310

LOCATION: Within the Cascade Head Scenic-Research Area. The trail traverses moderate to steep hillsides in a forest setting. Take Hwy. 101 0.5 miles north from junction of Hwy. 101 and Hwy. 18 to Three Rocks Road. The south trailhead is at the junction of the roads. The middle trailhead is west on Forest Road 1861 and the north trailhead is 1 mile south of Neskowin along Hwy. 101.

ACTIVITIES:
Wildlife Observation - Birds and animals are plentiful.
Photographic Opportunity - Trail passes through stands of large trees and some stands of smaller trees. There are some views of the ocean in the distance (about two miles) on the north portion of the trail.

LENGTH: 6 miles

RECOMMEND SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

USE: Moderate level

DIFFICULTY: More Difficult. Trail grade is generally 10-15 percent with some steeper pitches.

Harts Cove Trail #1303

LOCATION: Within Cascade Head Scenic-Research Area, the trail traverses steep hillsides to a grassy meadow overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Take Hwy. 101 3.3 miles north from junction of Hwy. 101 and Hwy. 18 to Road 1861, turn left, trailhead is at end of the road, about 4 miles.

ACTIVITIES:
Wildlife - Whales (during migration season), sea lions and numerous sea birds can be observed from the meadow.
Photographic Opportunity - Trail passes through stands of large spruce and crosses several streams.

LENGTH: 2.7 miles

RECOMMEND SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter

USE: Moderate level

DIFFICULTY: More difficult. Approximately 1/2 mile is steep (20 to 30 percent grade).

Hebo Lake Loop Trail (Barrier Free) #1311

LOCATION: Within the Hebo Lake Campground. Trail traverses the lake and is barrier free. Take Hwy. 22 East 0.12 miles from junction with Hwy. 101 in Hebo to Forest Service Road 14. Take Forest Service Road 14 5 miles to Hebo Lake Campground.

FACILITIES:
Trail is a loop inside the boundaries of Hebo Lake Campground.
Toilets - in campground
Parking - available throughout campground
Drinking Water - available throughout campground

ACTIVITIES: Camping, fishing, wildlife observation, photography

LENGTH: 0.5 mile

RECOMMENDED SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall

USE: Moderate

DIFFICULTY: Easy, Barrier Free

Niagara Falls Trail #1379

LOCATION: This trail, newly constructed in 1989, follows a stream through lush foliage and a typical Douglas-fir forest. Four wooden bridges are encountered along the trail. The distant roar of the falls will become evident, beckoning you forth. After hiking around a hillside, you'll suddenly break into a natural opening in the forest. From a bridge, which dually serves as an observation deck, you'll view two 80-foot waterfalls. Niagara Falls free flows while Pheasant Creek Falls cascades. The falls, of course, are most spectacular in the winter months when there is greater stream flow. This is a photographer's paradise. The trail is rated more difficult because of steeper grades. The average grade is 10 percent, although some sections have steeper 20 percent trail grades. A picnic table and viewing area are provided at the trails end.

From Hebo, travel 4 miles north on Highway 101 to the small town of Beaver. Follow the Nestucca River Road 11.8 miles to F.S. road #8533. Turn south, crossing the Nestucca River and continue 4.3 miles to F.S. road #8533-131. Turn right at this junction and travel 0.7 mile to trailhead parking.

From McMinnville, travel north to Carlton, then west on Country road #858. Take F.S. road #8533 to F.S. road #8533-131 and turn right. Travel 0.7 mile to trailhead parking.

From Grand Ronde Agency, follow the paved road north 1.4 miles to BLM road 5-8-36. Proceed 4 miles to Rd. 5-8-15, continue 2.1 miles to Rd. 5-8-10. Follow 3.2 miles to F.S. road #14, turn right and proceed 5 miles to F.S. road #8533. Follow #8533 0.5 mile to F.S. road #8533-131. Turn left at this junction and travel 0.7 mile to trailhead parking.

LENGTH: 1 mile

RECOMMENDED SEASON: All

USE: Moderate

DIFFICULTY: More difficult

SITE NAME: Plantation Trail #1301

LOCATION: Within the MT Hebo Plantation. Trail traverses through easy to moderate hillsides in a plantation forest setting. Take Hwy. 22 East from the junction in Hebo with Hwy. 101 and Hwy. 22. Take Forest Service Road 14 4 miles to the West Trailhead and 4.2 miles to the East Trailhead with Forest Service Road 14.

ACTIVITIES: Wildlife observation, interpretive historical information, photography

FACILITIES: Parking - limited at West Trailhead. Good at East Trailhead.

LENGTH: 0.8 mile

RECOMMENDED SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall

USE: Low

DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Easy

Pioneer Indian Trail #1300

LOCATION: Crosses over Mt. Hebo (elev. 3174 feet) in Northern Coast Range. From Hebo, Oregon, travel east on Forest Service Road 114 for 5 miles, to Hebo Lake Campground. Trail can also be found where it crosses road on top of Mt. Hebo.

FACILITIES: Campgrounds at both trailheads and Mt. Hebo CG midway. See Recreation Opportunity Guides for these areas.
Toilets - at campground. Parking - available at trailheads. Developed drinking water - at Hebo Lake Campground.

ACTIVITIES:
Hiking - The trail is 8 miles from Hebo Lake to South Lake. Eco type experiences include second-growth Douglas-fir, open mountain meadow (home for wild strawberries and the rare Silver Spot Butterfly), and wet meadowland with a wide variety of wildflowers.

Historical Background - Portions of the trail were first used by Indians and in 1854 improved into a usable trail by Hiram Smith, assisted by Tillamook settlers. This was the major route to the Willamette Valley from the 1850s through 1860. The trail was discontinued after a wagon road was completed in 1882.

Leonard Whitmore, a Forest Service employee, rediscovered the trail in 1975. He reestablished easily identifiable sections, well worn by years of horse travel. In 1984, trail segments were constructed to tie the historic segments together.

Photographic Potential - The open second-growth timber stands have a carpet of oxalis (three leaf clover). Mt. Hebo provides views of the surrounding forest and the ocean. Meadows contrast between wetlands, rock outcrops, heavy forests, and open grasslands.

LENGTH: 8 miles

RECOMMEND SEASON: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

USE: Light

DIFFICULTY: More Difficult


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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