How to explore the Wilson River Trail, a hiker’s paradise in the Tillamook State Forest – OregonLive

How to explore the Wilson River Trail, a hiker’s paradise in the Tillamook State Forest  OregonLive

A Coast Range view through the mist and the trees along the newest segment of the Wilson River Trail, a 3.7-mile section between the Elk Creek Trailhead and Idiot Creek Loop Road in the Tillamook State Forest. Jamie Hale/The Oregonian

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You would imagine that a long-distance hiking trail between Portland and the Oregon coast, featuring beautiful mountain views and serene riverside settings, with multiple trailheads and campgrounds found just off a major highway, would be one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the region.

You would be wrong.