- The Tillamook State Forest Trail Ride will be a ride through the beautiful Tillamook State Forest on a variety of terrain from mild stuff to wild stuff. For the wild stuff there will be alternate routes for those of you that prefer to just watch. (See below for more details) Another words, you get to choose whether you just want to take a fairly relaxing drive on the trails or push your rig and off road driving skills to the limits. There will also be a couple of places that will make great photo opportunities for you to “Pose” your rig out in the woods. I will be taking pictures during this run with the intention of getting it used for a Bronco Driver article.
This year there will only be one trail ride planned. (Or rather trail rides will only be planned one day) In the past we tentatively planned a Saturday run but it just never worked out. Planning it on Friday only also gives us more opportunity to take a group or two to the extreme stuff that we have avoided in the past. This year we are planning to run 2 different levels of trails. They will be Moderate to Difficult, and Wild(Extreme). The Moderate group will go to trails where they may encounter a variety of terrain. For this group 4WD should be all that is necessary. This group may encounter some more difficult areas but they will usually have the option to either just watch or participate at those places. The Wild group will go primarily to the most extreme areas where body damage and mechanical breakdown are not unusual. Anyone participating in this group will need lockers and/or a good winch. There will be rock crawling and perhaps steep hills to encounter for this group. Most but not all of it will be optional. I.E. This group should have at least a moderate skill level even if they just plan to watch at the most extreme places. When replying below be sure to note what skill level you wish to run.
- Friday: We will meet at the registration area at 9:00 AM and depart for the trails. (We will plan to head back to Sand Lake around 5:00 PM) If you are planning to come down Friday morning and would like to meet at the trailheads instead please contact me via email at SOB10TSFRun@Sims2Programs.com for directions.
Sign up for the Friday run by replying below or send an email to SOB10TSFRun@Sims2Programs.com Be sure to note the group you wish to ride with.
- We will depart for the trail runs from the SOB Registration area and then meet anyone coming straight from home at the trailhead approx. 1 hour later. There will be room there to park trailers for those that wish to trailer your rig up from Sand Lake.
What to bring?
- Bring yourself, your rig, snacks, and drinking water. Also review the special regulations in place in the forest for information that will also pertain to these runs listed below (Most are also requirements at the Sand Lake ORV area) and the list of optional items.
- Leave the alcohol back at camp. It is both illegal to drink and drive on the trails and it has no place there.
- In order to ensure everyone’s enjoyment the trail runs may be limited so sign up early. (We plan to keep the number of rigs per trail leader to about 10)
- Be sure to check with your trail leader to find out what CB channel to run.
- Rick Halle (Saddle Up)
Mike (ORVP) - Tentative
Bent Bronco (Ryan)
If you would like to volunteer to help out with the trail runs send me an email. We need both trail leaders and assistants. Assistants don't necessarily need to know these trails but do need to be trail savvy.
- OHV Regulations for CLASS II, FOUR-WHEEL DRIVES. Operating a 4wd on designated trails you need the following items: ATV Sticker, Adequate muffler at 99db or less, & a valid driver’s license. (This is also required for Sand Lake)
ODF restrictions and requirements that are probably going to be in place due to the fire hazard in the forest that will pertain to our run:
• Smoking prohibited while traveling, except in closed vehicles on improved roads.
• Possession of the following fire fighting equipment required while traveling, except on state and county roads: one gallon of water or one operational 2 1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher and one shovel. (Fire Extinguishers are also required for Sand Lake)
• Cutting, grinding and welding of metal prohibited.
• TSF OHV Guide
• Leather Gloves
• Tow Strap
• Tree Saver (Must use a tree saver if you winch from trees)
• Extra fluids (Oil, etc.)
• Tire deflators
• Co2 Tank or air pump
• Hi Lift Jack
• First Aid Kit
• UHF Radio
• Spare parts (Axles, U-Joints, etc.)
• Sun Screen
• Cell Phone (For emergency use only if necessary)
Special Request: Trail leaders will have extra trash bags. We would ask that each of you do your part and use these for any of your trash. For obvious reasons it is in our best interest to keep the trails well maintained so we would also request that each of you pick up any trash you might find laying on the trails. As it is there are a number of areas that already have been closed due to the abuse of others.
Don’t forget to sign up. If you wait until the trail runs begin there is no guarantee that you will be able to go due to limitations on how many can participate.
- Additional Notes:
When riding on any trail run the following should always be observed. First: The person that is leading and the person at the rear of the group must both have CB radios and stay in contact with each other at all times.
Second: Whenever approaching a split or intersection in the trail always stop and be sure the person behind you arrives at the intersection and knows which direction to go before proceeding.
Third: Do not depart from the group without first talking to the trail leader.
If everyone observes the above notes then no one will ever be left behind on the trails.