Hiking Project Logo

Anderson Hill Interpretive Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (1)

A hike into the past, this remnant old-growth forest feels like deep wilderness while being only a short drive from town.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Loop

113' 34 m

High

41' 12 m

Low

78' 24 m

Up

88' 27 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Wildlife

Family Friendly A short loop with sturdy wooden bridges and walkways over streams and wetlands. Trail is used as an interpretive teaching trail for school groups.

Need to Know

This park can be hard to find. Continue past the Officers Mess Building and go right around the sharp corner to see the sign. There is no restroom or water available in the park.

Description

This trail is a loop that starts and ends in the dirt parking area near the picnic table. Park politely, leaving room for other visitors and horse trailers.

There are a few faded interpretive signs describing some of the common trees and shrubs in the park. If you want to go counter-clockwise, as I did, take the trail to the right and follow the seasonally muddy track into the remnant old-growth forest. Towering Sitka spruce and a carpet of sword fern dominate this forest. Almost immediately, the sounds of the outside world fade away and you're immersed in a shadowy green past when humans tread lightly in a vast wilderness of cedar spruce rainforest.The towering old-growth is reminiscent of the forest-moon Endor and you half-expect to see Ewoks or dinosaurs among the tree trunks.

Take a left at the first fork. The right-most trail leads out of the loop and east toward the power lines, where it dead ends. Staying left, continue to follow the loop around. You'll cross a few sturdy bridges with good tread to prevent slipping as you meander through the lowlands and cross several burbling streams. Keep to the main path and stay left to avoid user-created trails that branch off towards the power line and streams. This trail is often muddy. There are frequent elk tracks and soft bird calls all around. Mushrooms sprout on downed giants and moss drips from overhead branches. It's cool, peaceful, and damp in this little slice of ancient forest.

The loop ends with a bridge and a sturdy set of stairs leading up to the parking area where you began. I frequently pass people walking their dogs and the trail also allows equestrian riders, so you may see paw-prints and hoof-prints in the mud.
I love this trail for it's quiet peace and the convenience of experiencing such a beautiful old-growth forest so close to town.

Flora & Fauna

Sitka spruce. Western red cedar. Elk herds frequently use the trails. Banana slugs. Sword fern.

Shared By:

Samantha Goodwin

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 1 vote

#3

in Oregon Coast

#14978

Overall
  4.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
100%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#3

in Oregon Coast

#495

in Oregon

#14,978

Overall
22 Views Last Month
300 Since Aug 3, 2020
Intermediate

0%
0%
100%
0%
0%
0%

Photos

A view of the towering Sitka spruce in Anderson Hill County Park
Aug 3, 2020 near Tillamook, OR
A massive Sitka spruce showing bright green in the sunlight in Anderson Hill County Park
Aug 3, 2020 near Tillamook, OR
A bleached leg-bone lies in the moss and wood sorrel in Anderson Hill County Park, proving that wildlife still abound even so close to town.
Aug 3, 2020 near Tillamook, OR

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

none