Cedar Tree / Tillamook State Forest

Banks, Oregon (Tillamook County)

Last Updated: 09/20/2020
4.6 / 5 ( 12 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 3 miles
Highest Elevation: 2556 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Banks
Nearest Town w/ Services: Banks
Official Road Name: #14
Management Agency: Tillamook State Forest
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Highlights

Highlight: Cedar Tree / Tillamook State Forest
Cedar Tree is an aptly named trail deep in the Tillamook State Forest where the highlight is a huge fallen cedar trunk that short enough vehicles can drive underneath. The iconic site of the fallen cedar tree (Waypoint 7) is a favorite place for photographs of 4x4 rigs. Along the way to the cedar tree, the Cedar Tree trail wanders through some of the prettiest and most interesting sections of the forest. A large, deep depression is often filled with water and makes for an interesting challenge to cross. An ancient tree stump hides a shelf that can catch the unsuspecting driver by surprise. Scrambling through a section of trail filled with roots can occasionally result in a damaged suspension or steering mechanism. While stock vehicles can make it through Cedar Tree, careful and attentive driving, and a bit of good spotting will make the drive much more enjoyable. Cedar Tree is one of the highlights of Tillamook State Forest and should not be missed. Just be sure to compare the height of a vehicle to the clearance on the cedar trunk before attempting to go underneath.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail starts just down the road from the end of University Firepower Part 2. Look for the sign and dirt path that climbs up the hill.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 45.586125, -123.374263

Starting Point: Banks

This trail is accessed from waypoint 6 of the University Firepower Part 2 trail.

Camping

Dispersed

Trail Reviews (20)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The Tillamook State Forest has reopened now that fire danger has lowered. http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com/2020/09/tillamook-state-forest-re-opens-to.html

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
All trails in the Tillamook State Forest are closed as of 9/7/2020 due to extreme fire danger: http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-tillamook-state-forest-needs-your.html

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Status: Open
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Trail was dry and not TOO busy, though we did have to pull aside in a few places to let some faster side-by-sides / ATVs and a more experienced Jeep get past. Couldn't quite get the JLUR all the way under the tree, but close enough. Finished the trail with no damage on a stock JLUR and a 2in lifted JK Sport. Great time! I imagine it is a very different experience when wet. NOTE: You are required to carry a shovel and fire extinguisher. The shovel must have at least a 8in round-tip blade and >= 26in handle, and the extinguisher needs to be ABC and at least 2.5lbs. The permit can be acquired online and a temporary one stored on your phone until the sticker arrives.

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Status: Open
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What an awesome trail! Took a little detour while on our honeymoon before the 4th and hit up this trail.. Got to say that it was fun to explore the area afterwards and drive around in the Tillamook State Forest. Trail was wet and slick, although we were able to complete most of the trail in 2WD. I only had to drop @jeepleonidas in 4 low for 2 obstacles on the trail. Be prepared for ruts, rocks, tree roots and and combination of the three. There were few people in the area all on quads or dirt bikes be careful when coming to the trail and main road intersections. The hardest part of doing this trail was getting the state required permits. We were able to acquire the permit at the South Prairie Store just south of Tillamook on 101.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The Tillamook State Forest is now in the "regulated use" portion of fire season. Please check fire danger before you go to the Tillamook State Forest and plan accordingly including minimum equipment you are required to carry while in the forest. TSF general information: http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com/p/fire-season.html More information and links to current fire danger: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/pages/restrictions.aspx

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Status: Open
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This GPX is missing the 2 extra legs that were added. Not sure when they added them but there is a nice uphill rock section that seems to be claiming some rigs. From the end of this GPX, cross Saddle Mountain Rd and continue on Cedar Tree Trail #13 - again you will come to a crossing, just follow the signs for Cedar Tree Trail #13. (this will be the last leg.) Fun trail. Always changing it seems, where giant drops offs have appeared months later they have been filled in and its a highway again. Fun trail. The extra 2 legs really help round this trail out.

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Status: Open
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Great trail and I love this website, but these instructions we’re absolute dog shit. We spent hours looking for the trailhead because of the horrible directions starting at “going 500 feet past the quarry”. Someone’s gotta update these instructions because a lot of these directions could be skipped entirely. Other than that, beautiful trail.

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Status: Open
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Cedar Tree Trail has been lengthened since the last time I was there, this is a fun moderate trail that most stock Jeeps can do.

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Status: Open
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I drive a 2020 Tacoma Off-Road Long Bed with Predator steps. I'd say this is the max width for a few narrow spots. With the longer wheelbase, we were fine for the most part, definitely needed spotters for ~10-15 questionable spots, and had to build some small ramps with available rocks to keep the steps from getting too jacked up. We fit under the cedar tree with basically no clearance. Relatively easy trail, just need to take time through some narrow areas in larger rigs. The waypoint directions here are on point, especially needed to find your way back out to Brown's Camp area to get back on the main road.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trails in the Tillamook State Forest are open again after a brief closure due to fire weather. Please be safe out in the forest, carry appropriate fire extinguishing equipment, and don't have open flames. More details are at: http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com/2019/08/ohv-trails-open.html

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
The Tillamook State Forest is under fire restrictions and all OHV trails are temporarily closed. More information is available at: http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com/2019/08/high-fire-danger-level-ohv-trails-closed.html

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Status: Open
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Jeep Badge of Honor Trail! Made the trip from Southern California to wheel the two Jeep BOH trails in the Tillamook State Forest (this and Firebreak 5). Weather was sunny and trail was dry. The trail was fairly easy. Not technically challenging but the trail is narrow and has sharp turns at some spots. Beware of huge tree roots that do stick out of the ground. They can jolt your rig pretty good if you take too sharp of a turn or not paying attention. Being from Southern California, this trail was one of the densest forest trails I've ever encountered (which made it exciting for me at least). The highlight of the trail, of course, was the giant fallen cedar tree (which I was unable to drive under w/ my rig setup). The pics I took (along with the JBOH badge) throughout the trail were worth the visit.

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Status: Open
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I have left a few reviews for Browns camp area after visiting this past week and I feel like I keep saying the same thing, it was a little bit of a let down. The only exciting thing on this trail was one of our rigs snagged a tire on a sharp root sticking out. It caused a small tear and leak in the sidewall. Overall this trail was very easy in two full size rigs (Tahoe and F250LD) as well as two 4runners and a Tacoma (not sure where they falls on the size spectrum (mid size maybe?). It was pretty much a two wheel drive trail. All the "difficult" spots are shown in photos above. We had a good time, but were looking for something with some challenge to it.

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Status: Open
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It's a narrow trail but didn't have any issues with a stock Jeep Rubicon. It was sunny dry conditions. I honestly expected it to be harder for it's rating on the Badge of Honor app but not bad! It was fun.

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Status: Open
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Very dry but great riding. In my stock XJ the "Obstacle" (Waypoint #9) was a bit of a challenge. Got stuck for a second, until we rocked her back about two feet or so and got traction. We went on the right side of the roots as the clearance on the left worried me for the stock height. An hour journey length was about the right estimate. Fun but definitely challenging.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The trail has re-opened after the fire closure: http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com/2018/08/tsf-ohv-trails-re-open-on-august-1-2018.html

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
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Temporarily closed due to fire danger. It should be reopened when the rains come back: http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com/2018/07/tsf-ohv-trails-closing-on-wednesday.html

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Status: Open
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Great adventure in the snow. Grip was low on the snow packed areas but in the muddy sections you could get a good drive up or around corners to regain that forward momentum. Advise having rock sliders in the snow due to hidden objects and sliding into stumps/rocks.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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It was a fun, wet, and muddy time on Cedar Tree last Friday. Someone cut out a tree that fell down into the road near Waypoint 4. With all of the wind we'll be getting this winter, it's not a bad idea to carry a saw and be ready to cut your way through trails, especially if you're running a trail during the week.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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This is a fun, muddy trail through the woods. My truck can pose for pictures under the cedar tree but it's too tall to drive all the way through underneath. Good thing there's a bypass.

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: Looking at the map, is the exit road actually called Beaver Dam road? (or maybe the beavers were successful and the creek is now a dam..)
–Jason H Martin (08/25/2020)
–Douglas Van Bossuyt (08/25/2020)
Q: How do I use the downloaded GPX file? Can it be use on my iPhone or iPad?
–Dave “Pappywags” Wagner (06/21/2019)
–Douglas Van Bossuyt (06/21/2019)
Q: Do I need a permit to drive with my jeep through the trails of Tillamook?
–Yasser (10/24/2018)
–Zane R Brown (07/16/2020)
–Douglas Van Bossuyt (10/25/2018)

Writer Information

Douglas Van Bossuyt

Mapping Crew - Oregon

Douglas grew up riding in the back of pickups in Oregon and California. He comes from a long line of overlanders and adventurers dating back to the Mayflower and the Oregon Trail. During a stint working in Colorado, Douglas fell in love with the offroad scene and immediately gravitated toward the Toyota crowd. His first 4x4 was a 1988 Toyota 4runner nicknamed Goldilocks. After a year of running many of the iconic trails throughout the front range in the fully stock Goldilocks running on bald tires, it was time for an upgrade. Goldilocks went off to a new home and the Albino Rhino came home. The Albino Rhino is a built 1986 Toyota 4runner ready for any adventure anywhere at any time. During the week, Douglas works on systems engineering and architecture problems in California. Douglas also enjoys backpacking -- especially in the central Sierras in California -- scuba diving along the Oregon and California coasts, and riding his motorcycle on the Pacific Coast Highway. Most weeknights you can find Douglas under his truck in the driveway performing maintenance or fixing the latest trail damage.
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