Powerline #4C / Tillamook State Forest

Banks, Oregon (Tillamook County)

Last Updated: 03/12/2021
2.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 1.2 miles
Highest Elevation: 1996 feet
Duration: About 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Banks
Nearest Town w/ Services: Banks
Official Road Name: #4C
Management Agency: Tillamook State Forest
District:
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Highlights

Highlight: Powerline #4C  / Tillamook State Forest
Powerline #4C is a fun jaunt through thickets of alder, maple, and other deciduous trees on the way down to the bottom of the Elliot Creek Drainage. The trail almost immediately narrows to a tight single lane of travel where full-size vehicles might not have the most fun navigating through narrow spots. Depending on when the last maintenance was done on the trail, 4x4s may end up with some pinstriping from brush and trees but that is all part of the charm of Powerline #4C. During the fall, the leaves on the trees turn vivid shades of yellow, orange, and red, making for some very pretty trail segments that are excellent for taking glamour shots of overlanding rigs.

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Route Information

Technical Rating:
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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead for Powerline #4C is on the downhill (west) side of the gravel road. Look for the sign indicating the start of the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 45.607120, -123.379732

Starting Point: Banks

This trail is accessed from waypoint 3 on Powerline #4B. At the waypoint, follow the gravel road to the west down the hill about 500 feet. Powerline #4C starts on the right side of the gravel road and is marked with a small sign.

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Trail Reviews (10)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Powerline Trail (all sections) 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.

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

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

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

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Pretty basic powerline trail. A couple tight turns but we got through with a Tahoe and F250LD without issue. Easy trail.

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
Offroaded on:
Rating:
The trail is currently closed due to high fire danger. http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com/2018/07/tsf-ohv-trails-closing-on-wednesday.html

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
The trail is part of the Powerline series of trails. It's fine but nothing special.

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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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