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Nature Conservancy Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The upper end of the Nature Conservancy Trail


Hikes starting here

Regulations, facilties, etc.

  • No fees
  • Stay on the trail
  • Trailhead closed from January 1st to July 15th; this includes the first 0.6 miles of trail inside the Siuslaw National Forest
  • PLEASE NOTE: Dogs are not permitted on this trail even on leash. You may have seen people going up with dogs: these scofflaws are ignoring signs and the explicit directions of the Nature Conservancy. This is a private trail: DO NOT bring your pet!

Driving Directions

Drive I-5 South to Exit 278 for Donald and Aurora.

After exiting, turn right onto Ehlen Road, which becomes Yergen Road, and drive 3.6 miles.

At a crossroads, continue straight on McKay Road for 3.4 miles.

At the T-junction with Highway 219, turn right, and proceed 3.1 miles, crossing the Willamette River.

Turn left onto the Newberg/Dundee Bypass, and go 4.2 miles.

Bear right at the merge with Highway 99W, and drive another 3.2 miles.

Then turn left onto Highway 18 for Dayton and the Oregon Coast. Keep on Highway 18 for 52.1 miles.

Exit right for Neskowin, Tillamook and Astoria and, in 0.2 miles, join Highway 101 North.

Drive 3.8 miles up onto forested Cascade Head and turn left onto an unsigned gravel road (The gate is open July 16th - December 31st).

Keep left at a fork after 2.5 miles.

In 0.9 miles, look for the Nature Conservancy Trailhead on the left.


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