Lower Nehalem Road Beach Route

Total Miles
11.1

Elevation

112.55 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

2

Easy

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.

Photos of Lower Nehalem Road Beach Route

Lower Nehalem Road Beach Route
Lower Nehalem Road Beach Route

Difficulty

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.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Shane Johnson
Feb 17, 2024
4x4
Open
Road is good, some areas of tree debris nothing big and one spot where the road narrows a lot but otherwise good road
Rachel Kopf
Feb 17, 2024
Open
Muddy/Wet
Clatsop county side is easy. Tillamook side had 3 sections of recently repaired wash outs, some downed tree limbs, and deep gravel pockets. Needed 4WD in a couple spots. Otherwise an easy drive.
Russ Mo
Sep 23, 2023
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Washboard

Access Description

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

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