Bates Road / Tillamook State Forest

Banks, Oregon (Tillamook County)

Last Updated: 09/17/2021
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Highlight: Bates Road / Tillamook State Forest
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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1. Trailhead (Fern Rock Falls at Southeast End of Pull-Out) (0 mi)
Bates Road trail starts at Oregon Highway 6 at the southwest end of a large pull-out next to Fern Rock Falls. The waterfall is in the southeast corner of the pull-out. This is a good place for a group to meet up and air down tires before proceeding up the hill.

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Starting Point: Banks

From the town of Banks, head west on Oregon Highway 6 toward Tillamook for nineteen miles (three miles west of signs for Brown's Camp). Turn left onto Bates Road. There is a large gravel pull-out. Fern Rock Falls is located at the southeast end of the gravel pull-out and the start of Bates Road is at the southwest end of the pull-out.



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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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