Beachside SP to Salmonberry CG

Monday, October 22, 2018
Eileen, Peter, Rick

Day 3 - Coast Range Gravel Adventure

It was foggy on the coast when we left. Stopped at the Blue Whale for second breakfast and then headed out Yachats River Road. In a couple of miles the sun was shining and it was warming up. We were taking turns driving and Eileen drove the first leg. Rick then took over and drove up to the end of the Valley. Then I drove over the hill. I have ridden this and I wanted to give the others the experience of the big climb and great descent into Five Rivers Valley. From here Peter took over the driving and took some amazing pictures of the fall foliage in the Five Rivers Valley.

Then came the adventure. Road 3412. Unkown territory. Turned out to be in great shape for riding, but steep for 3.5 miles. And then we were treated to an amazing descent on smooth pavement. Very unexpected. This was probably the highlight of the trip.

We got to Salmonberry CG and it was closed even though the camp host had told me it would be open just the week before. Oh well. We loaded up the van and heased to Nectar Creek in Philomath for a celebration and then home.


Yachats River valley
Morning mist rising in the beautiful Yachats River valley


Five Rivers Valley
Amazing colors in the Five Rivers Valley


Five Rivers Valley
More amazing colors in the Five Rivers Valley


Five Rivers Valley
Even more amazing colors in the Five Rivers Valley


Forest Road 3412
Eileen and I making our way up road 3412


We did it!
We're done. At Nectar Creek tap house in Philomath.


Here's the map