Located about 45 miles west of Portland, Stagecoach Horse Camp provides access to a wonderful 11.5-mile loop through the second-growth forest that was planted after the Tillamook Burn.
The loop explores the summit of the Coast Range by connecting four trails: the Side Step Trail, the Gravelle Brothers Trail, the Nels Rogers Trail, and the Wilson River Wagon Road Trail. The Tillamook State Forest refers to the loop created by these four trails as the Historic Hiking Loop.
One of the highlights of the Historic Hiking Loop is University Falls, which drops an impressive 65 feet down a rock face.
Nearby off-highway vehicle trails are completely separate from the non-motorized trails, so you may hear OHVs but will seldom see them. The non-motorized trails are shared with hikers and mountain bike riders.
Stagecoach Horse Camp was completely rebuilt in 2008 and 2009, with all new log corrals and room for larger trailers. It’s a very nice horse camp with a scenic trail network, perfect for a day ride or a weekend getaway.
Getting to Stagecoach Horse Camp: From Portland, drive west on Hwy. 26 for 20 miles, then veer left on Hwy. 6 toward Tillamook. Drive 19 miles, and at the summit of the Coast Range turn left on Beaver Dam Road next to the ODOT storage sheds. Follow the signs 5 miles to Stagecoach Horse Camp.
Facilities: 10 campsites, 9 of which have 2-horse log corrals. All sites have fire grates and picnic tables, and several sites have room for 2 trailers. The camp has vault toilets, manure bins, stock water from a trough, and a covered group picnic area. The camp is open year round, and there is a fee for overnight camping.
More Information: Stagecoach Horse Camp is covered in Riding Northwest Oregon Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, (Ponderosa Press, 2013).