University Firepower Part 2 may start out as an easy gravel road but it packs in a few surprises along the way. There are tight, twisty sections in dense forest where it is easy to become disoriented. Never fear though because all dirt paths lead to the end of the trail. Halfway through the trail, explorers are presented with a choice: the high road scrambles up the hill while the low road scuttles around the side. Choose your way wisely based on your vehicle's abilities and the trail conditions because the high road can be unforgiving if a mistake is made. The trail ends near where Cedar Tree trail begins which is an excellent place to head next after finishing University Firepower Part 2.
7 day forecast for University Firepower Part 2 / Tillamook State Forest
University Firepower Part 2 starts about 200 feet down the gravel road from University Firepower Part 1. Look for the straight gravel road that heads downhill from University Falls Road. There is a sign identifying the start of University Firepower Part 2.
This trail is accessible either from the end of University Firepower Part 1 or if that trail is closed due to wet conditions, from Waypoint 6 of Powerline 4C turn left (southeast ) onto University Falls Road and drive approximately one half mile. University Firepower Part 2 starts on the right (west) side of University Falls Road just before the large intersection.
Univ Firepower Trail is Open and in great shape. There are some narrow spots that could prove challenging for vehicles wider/longer than a Jeep Wrangler, but certainly nothing too crazy. I find this is a perfect trail for "newbies" or someone getting used to wheeling a new vehicle.
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
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
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
Great trail to play on to feel out snow sections before going to something harder. A bit of snow in sections but mainly mud. Puddles started to form in larger corners and ruts on tight corners. Watch for drop offs and hidden tree stumps in the puddles. Great recovery points along the way if driving solo with a wench.
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.