Hike Distance: 8.9 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 265.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 1457 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 39663 feet
A day for going on a well known trail that we enjoy and love! This area is quite unique in that it is a multi-use state forest where so many people, with differing outdoor interests, occupy and overlap activities. That said, it can lead to an interesting mix of noise at different points on the trail. We heard ATV’s and dirt bikes where the hiking/biking trail neared the motorized trail system. This was also an especially noisy day for target shooting, and at times sounded like the fourth of July. There were more hikers around the University Falls area.
We parked at the Roger’s Camp area and started hiking clockwise around this loop. We were quite fortunate that there were very few hikers on the trail, which gave us some solitude. University Falls was also great to see and so gorgeous, and we love visiting! Some great views of creeks and rivers along the length of this trail!
The unfortunate thing we observed was that there is significant logging and thinning occurring in Tillamook State Forest, and it was decided to log the trail out near University Falls. I’m also concerned about the tree thinning as we’ve seen other areas where this was done, and it resulted in invasive species taking over the under-story. 😦
A very nice hike and a great day to be outdoors.