By Aaron Mesh
This Abandoned Railroad Could Become an Epic Trail From Portland’s ’Burbs to the Sea'
The man in the silver pickup warned me: If I hiked down the hill to the old railroad tracks, I wouldn't come back.
My buddy and I were 11 miles west of the town of Timber, standing at the junction of two jagged logging roads, as deep as you can get into the Oregon Coast Range without ditching your car. We were looking for Beaver Slide Road, the gateway to one of the Northwest's most dramatic and isolated day hikes—an unauthorized 6-mile stretch along the abandoned tracks of the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad.