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|| This road (it really is one road, but has
two names) follows the Nehalem River through the Cascade
Range out to Nehalem Bay near Manzanita. You will be in
Clatsop and Tillamook counties on this trip. Just this
road is about 27 miles, and most of it is gravel, but easy
gravel - if I can do it, anyone can. Unless gravel has
just been put down, youíll be fine.
From Highway 26, the Lower Nehalem Road is paved for the
first 6 miles, then turns to gravel - and becomes Foss
Road. Excellent stopping points for photos or lunch are
the xxx camp site and the Salmonberry Creek bridge. The
bridge was built in 2012, replacing the one that washed
out in 2007.
No services on this route: there are pit toilets at the
campgrounds, but bring water and snacks (or lunch). Even
on a clear, hot day in the valley, itís cool up here.
The last 6 miles of Foss Road are paved, and then it meets
Miami Foley Road. Go right to state road 53 and, from
there, turn left for the coast or go right and enjoy a
gorgeous ride to 26 and back to Portland. If you take 26
back, know that, on a Sunday night, or on a Monday night
at the end of a holiday weekend, 26 is insane: lots of
traveling going way over the speed limit. Be careful!
Here's the route:
This is not a good ride for the Friday or Monday of a
holiday weekend - there will be a LOT of people rushing to
the campsites and fishing or trying to get home.
Want to go back to Portland on a longer, more scenic
route? Take the Nestucca
River Loop, but in reverse of how I've described it.
To get there, make a left on Miami Foley Road - paved,
winding and lovely. If you want something scenic but a bit
quicker, then take state highway 6 back.
To get to the Nehalem and Foss road route I've highlighted
above, I highly recommend going to Forest Grove
and, from there
- Take OR-8 W/Gales Creek Rd. for 9 miles. You will go
through the tiny town of Gales Creek.
- Turn left onto OR-6 W/NW Wilson River Hwy (signs for
- After 3.3 miles, make a slight right onto NW Timber
Rd. Stay on NW Timber Road for about 20 miles. It's a
very fun road - there are some hair pin turns (see
You will go through the tiny town of Timber, Oregon, which
is perched on the side of a hill - two gnarly hairpins as
you descend the steep hill will keep you awake!:
Have lunch in Vernonia! It's a charming little town, and
there's four or five places to choose from.
- Make a slight left onto OR-47 N/Nehalem Hwy S, and
take this for almost two miles
- Turn right onto Bridge St/Follow signs to Vernonia -
you will be on this road for 35.5 miles. It's a pretty
ride. The city is a terrific place to stop for coffee,
a snack or a meal.
You want an aluminum
top box, but the huge alu boxes of most sellers for one or even
two helmets are too big for you, and too expensive?
My husband has designed an
aluminium topcase just for you! (and for us, because
it's what we wanted on our own bikes)
20 liter (5.3 gallon)
400 x 250 x 200 mm
(15 3⁄4" x 9 3⁄4"
x 7 3⁄4")
1.6 mm (1⁄16") thick aluminium
in custom sizes.
- completely welded, not only glued or riveted
- lid with four loops to fasten additional luggage
- lid completely removable, which makes loading and
unloading much easier
- two tie down hooks, which can be locked with a small
- gasket in the lid makes the aluminum box completely
- all attachment parts (loops, tie down hooks, and screws)
are made of stainless steel
- all corners and bends are rounded
- light weight, only 2.3 kg (5 pounds)
- spare parts available
And, yes, those side panniers are also
available to order.