Bates Road / Tillamook State Forest

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5/5 (11 reviews)
Banks, Oregon (Tillamook County)
Last Updated: 07/03/2022
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Bates Road packs in amazing views of the Oregon Coast Range, a knife-edge ridge to drive along, fun and challenging trails, and the small but real chance of serious vehicle damage. The ridge narrows down to a knife edge in several points with the road running right at the crest. Those who take their eyes off the road are rewarded with views to the north and east across the patchwork of clearcuts and timber. Deep dug out sections of trail make for moments of slipping, moments of unexpected gripping, and occasional heart-pumping moments of a barely controlled descent down steep slopes. This is not a trail that Trails Offroad suggests as a first time 4x4 driving experience for beginners. This is a trail that Trails Offroad recommends for adventure and challenge.

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5/5 (11)
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Visited: 09/17/2021

The Tillamook State Forest has reopened all OHV trails thanks to lowered fire danger: http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com/2021/09/all-ohv-trails-open-effective-09162021.html
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Visited: 06/25/2021

Due to high fire danger, the Tillamook State Forest is closing all OHV trails as of 1am on Friday June 25th. At this time the gravel roads in the TSF are still open for OHV use but all the trails are shut down. http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com/2021/06/fire-danger-moving-to-high-effective.html
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Visited: 09/20/2020

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
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Temporary Closure
Visited: 09/07/2020

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
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Visited: 07/01/2020

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

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