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 Post subject: Jones Creek to Wolf Creek (Wilson River Trail) 2-12-17
 Post Posted: February 15th, 2017, 7:07 pm 
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We were looking just for some kind of normal hike without a lot of snow or debris and settled for this section of the Wilson River Trail. Beginning at the Jones Creek Trailhead, we were immediately notified that the trail was closed at the Jones Creek Bridge - except that the bridge itself was perfectly intact and only some railings after the footbridge were sliding into the river. The Tillamook Forest Center is closed this time of year, and there's a gate across the big bridge there, so we continued on to Wilson Falls and then the Footbridge area.

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All the waterfalls (Wilson, Lower Bridge, and Bridge Creek Falls) were in good spate. We followed the trail on to Wolf Creek, where a sign told us the trail was closed between Wolf Creek and Cedar Butte Road because the Wolf Creek Bridge, a one log railed affair, had been taken out. The bridge gabions are still there, and you could ford the creek just upstream if you wanted: there's an alder down which would serve as a railing and the water is just over knee-deep. We decided not to douse ourselves, though, and called it a short day.

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 Post subject: Re: Jones Creek to Wolf Creek (Wilson River Trail) 2-12-17
 Post Posted: February 15th, 2017, 7:20 pm 
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awesome!!
So is the Wilson totally/mostly snowfree now??


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 Post subject: Re: Jones Creek to Wolf Creek (Wilson River Trail) 2-12-17
 Post Posted: February 15th, 2017, 9:27 pm 
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Thanks for the TR and photos!

Brings back great memories from the 70's and 80's when I used to go down there and float the river or just hang out with my kids and enjoy a nice summer day.

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 Post subject: Re: Jones Creek to Wolf Creek (Wilson River Trail) 2-12-17
 Post Posted: February 17th, 2017, 7:32 am 
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So is the Wilson totally/mostly snowfree now??


Sections along the river will be snow free. I suspect there's some snow in the upper Lester Creek and Ryan Creek bowls, but the Coast Range is melting out fairly rapidly on the seaward side.


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bobcat wrote:
-Q- wrote:
So is the Wilson totally/mostly snowfree now??


Sections along the river will be snow free. I suspect there's some snow in the upper Lester Creek and Ryan Creek bowls, but the Coast Range is melting out fairly rapidly on the seaward side.


Thanks so much for the update. Really appreciate it!!


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