Powerline #4B / Tillamook State Forest

Banks, Oregon (Tillamook County)

Last Updated: 09/17/2021
3.4 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 0.66 miles
Highest Elevation: 1748 feet
Duration: About 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Banks
Nearest Town w/ Services: Banks
Official Road Name: #4B
Management Agency: Tillamook State Forest


Highlight: Powerline #4B / Tillamook State Forest
The Powerline #4B trail immediately plunges into a dense second growth forest thick with maples and fir trees dripping with moss and ferns. Depending on how recently the last rains passed through the Tillamook State Forest, visitors may be quite literally greeted with dripping moss and branches hanging low over the trail. A tight switchback points the trail southward toward the high tension power lines. After emerging from the dark and wet forest, the trail turns into a gravel access road that follows under the power lines on their march westward to bring electricity to the communities of the northern Oregon Coast. At the top of the ridge, 4x4ers are greeted with big views to the west across the patchwork of second and third growth timber, and clear cuts. Nine days out of ten, the distant ridges and mountains are veiled in clouds, rain, and mist, but on rare sunny blue sky days, the entire Devil's Lake Branch of the Wilson River Basin is on full display.


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The Powerline #4B trail starts on the northwest side of University Falls Road about 500 feet south of the quarry area. Depending on how recently the trail was maintained, the entrance can be chewed up and may require skill to navigate or the entrance may be well-graveled and easy to drive over.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Banks

This trail is accessed from waypoint 2 of the Powerline #4A trail. At the end of Powerline #4A, proceed to the left along Beaver Dam Road. In 300 feet, continue straight to switch over to University Falls Road. A large quarry where people often go shooting is to the left. Head past the quarry and up the hill. Powerline #4B starts on the right side of the gravel road about 500 feet beyond the quarry.



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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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