Lower Nehalem Road Beach Route

Total Miles


112.55 ft



Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This route is a nice backcountry route that leads from HWY 26 towards Nehalem Bay. The first section of this road is paved and then turns into 11 miles of gravel. There are a couple of state-run campgrounds along the route, as well as many dispersed camping spots right along the river. It's a very scenic drive with the river flowing alongside and a few small waterfalls dropping from the cliff sides. During the right time of year, there are great fishing opportunities.


The road has many potholes and gets to single wide in a few areas. Most vehicles will make the road just fine as long it's taken slow.

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Access Description

Take the Lower Nehalem Rd just west of the town of Elsie