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Cedar Tree is an aptly named trail deep in the Tillamook State Forest, where the highlight is a huge fallen cedar trunk that vehicles used to be able to drive under. The iconic fallen cedar tree at Waypoint 7 is a favorite place for photographs of 4x4 rigs. The trail wanders through the forest's prettiest and most exciting sections along the cedar tree. A significant, deep depression is often filled with water and makes for an exciting challenge to cross. An ancient tree stump hides a shelf that can catch the unsuspecting driver by surprise. Cedar Tree is one of the highlights of Tillamook State Forest and should be one of your must-do trails while visiting the park.
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Cedar Tree is one of two Badge of Honor trails in the Tillamook State Forest. The course is part of the Browns Camp OHV, about 25 miles west of Portland, Oregon. This trail system has more than 25 trails that are easily accessible through a network of forest service roads. This trail is straight-through, about 5.5 miles long, and winds up to an elevation of 3200 feet through old-growth forest with tight twisting turns. There are slippery roots and leaning trees that will give you pause. In comparison, sections of this trail would be more suited to an experienced driver and lifted rig. The areas requiring bypasses make this an excellent route for any driver and rig to explore.
Cedar Tree trail conditions can change dramatically depending on recent rain or when the last trail maintenance occurred. Any trail in the Tillamook State Forest during the rainy season can quickly change from very benign to wild and highly technical. While Trails Offroad tries to represent average trail conditions on every trail in the Tillamook State Forest and regularly updates trail information, caution is always warranted.
The trailhead is at the end of a trail called University Firepower Part 2. You will find the sign for the trail on the left.
The trail pick up across the road diagonally, there is a sign to guide you.
The trail crosses this un-named road.
At this waypoint is a stump on the left and a hidden shelf dropping down that needs some caution. While not really a difficult section it can be a surprise with too much speed.
The trail crosses another unnamed road. For an early out you can turn right and take this road back to Beaverdam Road.
At this location is the famous Cedar Tree. However, it's far from what it used to look like here before the clear-cut area. The forest was lush and beautiful at that time, and the trail would allow you to drive under this old stump if you had the clearance. Today is just a reminder of what it used to be. Some smaller ATVs and side-by-sides can accomplish the drive under.
The trail intersects an unnamed road. The trail continues further up at the end of this road. You can turn downhill on this road to get back to Beaverdam Road.
This trail crosses Saddleback Mountain Road. Continue straight ahead. For an early out, turn right on this road back to Beaverdam Road.
The trail crosses yet another unnamed road.
Cedar Tree has a few campsites, although they could be better. Waypoint 7 at the fallen cedar tree is the best campsite. However, every vehicle on the trail drives right through the site. Several designated campgrounds within the Tillamook State Forest, such as Brown’s Camp, Diamond Mill, and Jordan Creek, have direct access to the 4x4 trails. Other Oregon Department of Forestry campgrounds include Keenig Creek, Jones Creek, Elk Creek, and Gales Creek. On popular summer weekends, campgrounds may occasionally be noisy at night.
Dispersed camping is generally allowed throughout the forest, although restrictions are periodically placed for areas with active logging, restoration projects, or during burn bans. Contact the Tillamook State Forest Ranger Offices in Forest Grove or Tillamook for the most up-to-date information on dispersed and campground camping.
This trail is accessed from Waypoint 6 of the University Firepower Part 2 trail.
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