Hoodraiser is a fun romp through the Tillamook State Forest that is perfect for beginner 4x4ers to get a taste of the adventures that await in the Oregon Coast Range. The trail starts near the South Fork of the Wilson River and heads south and west through the forest toward the top of the ridge. The many water bars cut into the trail give Hoodraiser its name. Going up and over the water bars obscures the view of the trail because the hood of the vehicle is pitched up into the air -- hence the name Hoodraiser. Several narrow sections (wide enough for full size vehicles) are a fun challenge for drivers learning the dimensions of their vehicles. A few small mud puddles after rains make for a good place to take videos of overlanders driving through the forest.
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From the town of Banks, head west on Oregon Highway 6 for 20 miles. Immediately after signs for Elk Creek Campground (to the right), turn left onto South Fork Road. Proceed past the South Fork Prison Camp, past the Lyda Camp OHV Staging Area, and continue for about five miles on South Fork Road. The trailhead is on the left side of the trail about five hundred feet after South Fork Road departs the South Fork of the Wilson River.
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
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
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
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.