Towering Sitka spruce and western hemlock that sometimes reach seven feet in diameter shade the Coast Range's largest rainforest stand of old growth. The steep canyons of rock-splattered Drift...[more]
Drift Creek Wilderness
Drift Creek Wilderness is located in the Oregon Coast Range, 7 miles north of Waldport and south of Newport, Oregon.
From the south, the Harris Ranch trailhead is located 2 miles north of Highway 34 and is the portal to the southern half of the wilderness area.
On the north side, the Horse Creek trailhead is approximately 15 miles east of Highway 101 and allows hikers to explore the northern half of the wilderness area.
Turn east off Highway 101 on Beaver Creek Road at Ona Beach for 3.7 miles, then turn right on N Elk Horn Road for 5.9 miles. Follow the Horse Creek Trail sign at the FS Road 5100 junction and turn left on to FS Road 5000. After 1.3 miles, continue on FS Road 5000 and veer right for another 2.8 miles to the Horse Creek trailhead.
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