Hike the Wilson River Trail

Elk Creek Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Dan Moe

Up to a 22.6 mile one-way hike, but with plenty of trailheads to stop off at or turn around. Park a shuttle car at the Keening Creek Trailhead if you plan to go the full hike. Well-signed, easy to follow trail.

This long trail provides hikers with great views of the corridor in the Coast Range. As the trail follows public land for the most part, there are a couple sections with steady elevation gains to avoid private land: near Lees Camp and Ryan Creek.

Although the trail receives some of the most rainfall in the state, it is open to hike during all seasons. Be sure to check trail conditions before heading out as there may be a closure due to damaged sections. Be sure to check with the Oregon Department of Forestry during winter months for any trail updates.

Break up the Hike:

Some people decide to do this hike in portions, making it more doable as a day hike.

  • Dog Creek: Elk Creek Trailhead to King's Mountain Trailhead (7.4 miles in-and-out)
  • Lester Creek: King's Mountain Trailhead to Diamond Mill Trailhead (11.2 miles in-and-out)
  • North Fork Wilson River: Diamond Mill Trailhead to Jones Creek Trailhead (3.8 miles in-and-out)
  • Cedar Creek: Jones Creek Trailhead to Footbridge Trailhead (7.2 miles in-and-out)
  • Ryan Creek: Footbridge Trailhead to Keening Creek Trailhead (12.2 miles in-and-out)

Camping is available at the following areas: Elk Creek, Jones Creek, Diamond Mill, and Keenig Creek

Distance

22.6 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

3950 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Camping, Fishing, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Forest
River
Scenic

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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From Elk Creek TH

I did a short section from Elk Creek TH to the Dog Creek crossing. Pros: I had the trail to myself. Con: You can hear the freeway noise for most of the trail.

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