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Horse Creek North Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Painted boulder at the trailheaad, Horse Creek Trail a.k.a. Drift Creek Trail (bobcat)
North Trailhead, Horse Creek Trail, Drift Creek Wilderness (bobcat)


Hikes starting here

Driving Directions

Drive I-5 South to Exit 294 for 99W, Tigard and Newberg.

Keep on 99 West through Tigard, Sherwood, Newberg and Dundee for 22.9 miles and then turn left onto Highway 18 for Dayton and the Oregon Coast.

Drive all the way on Highway 18 (52.7 miles).

Before Highway 101, there’s a junction where cars going north peel off to the right for Neskowin and Tillamook. Drive 0.7 more miles and merge with Highway 101 South.

Drive 38.6 miles through Lincoln City and then Newport, crossing the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

At Ona Beach, turn left onto N. Beaver Creek Road and go 1.1 miles to the junction with S. Beaver Creek Road.

Keep left here, and continue for 2.9 miles before turning right onto Elk Horn Road (FR 51) for the Drift Creek Wilderness and Horse Creek Trail.

Wind up into the foothills for 6.0 miles and turn left on FR 50 for the Horse Creek Trail.

After another 1.5 miles come to the signposted junction with FR 5087, and turn right here.

This last stretch of road is gravel: continue 2.9 miles to a parking area on the ridge crest with several blocked roads radiating from it.


  • Trailhead accessible all year except during rare periods of heavy snow

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