Hogs Back / Tillamook State Forest

Banks, Oregon (Tillamook County)

Last Updated: 09/17/2021
4.2 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Highlight: Hogs Back / Tillamook State Forest
Hog's Back is a fun trail that follows the spine of a ridge and hides a few surprises. On the top of the ridge, a rock garden has been installed for anyone wishing to test their skills. The descent into the dense forest on the north end of the trail becomes tricky as the trees close in on the road. Full size vehicles are not recommended but most SUVs and light pickups can make it through by executing three point turns as needed. A big view to the north peeks through the trees as the road hugs the edge of a cliff overlooking a quarry. Hog's Back has a little of everything and is a worthwhile trail to explore in the Tillamook State Forest.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The Hogs Back trail starts on the north side of the intersection of Seven Cedars Road and C-Line Road. Look for the rough dirt track climbing up the spine of the ridge. It is a smart plan to scout the top of the hill on foot before proceeding to decide on the best line to take through the bowl at the top of 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 South Fork Road intersects C-Line Road. Continue straight ahead on C-Line road for about a quarter mile to the intersection of Seven Cedars Road and C-Line road at the top of the ridge. The trailhead for Hogs Back is on the right side of the intersection with Seven Cedars Road and C-Line Road.



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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Would I be able to get through with a Jeep Gladiator towing a tear drop trailer? I know it says its tight but it seems that it isn't tight until the last waypoint?
–Cipriano Rivera (05/22/2021)
–Douglas Van Bossuyt (05/22/2021)

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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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