There’s an old railway that a group is attempting to turn into a trail/path. It’s called the Salmonberry Railroad and it goes from Tillamook to Banks through the Tillamook State Forest. It’s a very interesting area. It even has an old abandoned railroad town called Enright.
I’ve been on the railroad before. Sarah and I ran from Lower Salmonberry Trailhead to Enright. The Lower Salmonberry Trailhead is actually the NW part of the trail. It’s the lower section of the Salmonberry River though.
I want to go the opposite direction that Sarah and I did. So I’d start at Cochran Pond and goto the Lower Salmonberry Trailhead. It would be about 15.5 miles one way so a cool 50k out and back. The rivers and creeks are salmon spawning grounds and I think it could be quite an experience to fish without a hook here. I wouldn’t need much equipment or nutrition so I could go for a pretty light pack. I could get away with just food, clothes, collapsible fishing pole and a couple lures.
The railroad is closed and so this would be trespassing. It’s closed because of danger from mud slides that washed away the ground beneath parts of the railroad. I don’t see this as very dangerous so I’ll most likely go ahead with it.
Below are photos from my previous trip out there and the caltopo map I built for the route.