Crown Zellerbach Trail Hike with Friends

Hike Distance: 8.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1769.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 870 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 231112 feet

We planned on going for a hike with our friends today and let them know about the Crown Zellerbach Trail, located near Scappoose Oregon.  The Crown Zellerbach (CZ) Trail is about 22 miles long, and spans between the Columbia River and Vernonia Oregon,   This trail used to be a logging road through the Coast Range and came into public ownership in 2004, and then a plan was implemented to make it useable for outdoor recreation.  For today’s hike we chose to hike west from the Nehalem Divide TH.

It was very foggy at the start of the hike and provided a wonderful mood to hike through.  The trail was covered with leaves and the gravel surface was barely noticeable.  For most the length of the section we hiked upon was bordered on both sides by forest.

Between 1-2 miles out we took a trail that led down to a tunnel that was intended to move wood out of the forest via a railroad.  According to literature, the 1,712 foot long tunnel was completed in 1920.  A change of ownership ended up in the removal of the railroad path and alternate use of this logging road.  Two of our friends went into the tunnel but we didn’t feel comfortable.  The tunnel looks collapsed within the first 100 feet or so, from what we could see from our friends headlamp?  Definitely an interesting feature, from the old logging days, that was worth seeing!  There was also couple of very small waterfalls near the tunnel.

As we hiked west the weather became clearer and it warmed up considerable.  We turned around at about 4 miles out as we wanted to get back before sunset.  On the way back it again got both dark and foggy.  Such a great day with our friends!  We’re looking forward when we can get together with them again! 🙂