7 Up (Easy Way) / Tillamook State Forest

Banks, Oregon (Tillamook County)

Last Updated: 09/17/2021
4.3 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 0.41 miles
Highest Elevation: 3544 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Banks
Nearest Town w/ Services: Banks
Official Road Name: #17
Management Agency: Tillamook State Forest


Highlight: 7 Up (Easy Way)  / Tillamook State Forest
The 7 Up (Easy Way) trail is a challenging but manageable adventure through the forest to the top of the hill where the iconic 7 Up (Hard Way) trail connects. There are three legs to 7 Up which include two legs that are passable by normal 4x4s (detailed in this trail description) and one leg that is a challenge for even the most built buggies (detailed as the 7 Up (Hard Way) trail). On warm summer afternoons, rock buggies can often be found battling up the 7 Up (Hard Way) trail where they often break axles, drive lines, and occasionally flip over and crash down the hill. The 7 Up (Easy Way) trail is a popular trail that many overlanders enjoy throughout the year. The trail winds up and down through a deep, dark forest where night time comes hours ahead of schedule. Thick moss hangs from the trees in some areas and lends a magical, enchanted aura to the trail especially in the late afternoon and early evening.


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The 7 Up (Easy Way) trail starts on the east side of Seven Cedars Road. Look for the sign marking the start of the trail underneath the low-hanging conifers. The trail heads into the forest and quickly switchbacks up the hill.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Banks

From the town of Banks, head west on Oregon Highway 6 toward Tillamook for twenty miles. Turn left onto South Fork Road (signs for South Fork Prison Camp). Follow South Fork Road for approximately six miles until it intersects with Seven Cedars Road. Turn left onto Seven Cedars road and go one half mile south. The trailhead for 7 Up trail is on the left. Look for the sign at the edge of the forest.



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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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