Stick in the Nose #37 / Tillamook State Forest

Tillamook, Oregon (Tillamook County)

Last Updated: 08/27/2021
4.8 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 2.58 miles
Highest Elevation: 2185 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Tillamook
Nearest Town w/ Services: Tillamook
Official Road Name: 37
Management Agency: Tillamook State Forest


Highlight: Stick in the Nose #37 / Tillamook State Forest
Stick in the Nose is an apt name for this tight trail where brush encroaches on both sides of the dirt track and tree branches hang low. Gatekeeper obstacles and a challenging rocky obstacle halfway along the trail make for a challenging but achievable adventure through third growth forest on the way up to the top of Fox Creek Ridge. On clear days, Archer's Ridge across the Jordan Creek drainage can be seen to the north. On rainy, cloudy days, driving on Stick in the Nose feels like going to another planet where it is highly unlikely any other vehicles or people will be encountered.


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1. Trailhead -- Gatekeeper (0 mi)
The trail starts immediately with a gatekeeper obstacle to warn away vehicles that may have width issues on this trail. Most stock 4x4s should have no problem getting through this section. Those who are nervous about the large stump on the right or the potential for tire sidewall damage on the left may be more comfortable placing one set of tires on the rocks on the left side of the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Forest Grove

From Forest Grove, head west on Oregon Highway 6 to milepost 18 (four miles west of the Tillamook Forest Center) and turn left (south) onto Jordan Creek Road / signs for Jordan Creek OHV Staging Area. Follow Jordan Creek Road for about two miles. Just past Jordan Creek OHV Staging Area, turn right onto South Fork Jordan Creek Road across the bridge over Jordan Creek. The road passes a quarry and then goes another half mile to the trailhead for Stick in the Nose #37 trail. The trail starts on the south (uphill, right) side of the road. Look for the rockwork and large tree stump marking the start of the trail.



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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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