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Browns Camp OHV Area

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Other Names

Brown's Camp, Rogers Camp, Horse Camp, University Falls, Forest Grove, Tillamook State Forest, Scoggins Creek Road, Beaver Dam Road, Lyda Camp, Firebreak Five, Stagecoach Horsecamp

Last Known StatusOpen

This is the eastern most OHV campground in the Tillamook State Forest and is the recommended staging area for novice and amateur OHV riders.

The area provides many types of fun trails, secluded campsites right on the banks of the creek and plenty of shade. The creek that flows through the campground is shallow and sometimes a little muddy/cloudy, and although the sharp rocks don't make it very suitable for swimming, it's deep enough do a little wading to cool off. (There is a popular swimming area down the road at the entrance to Diamond Mill OHV Area)

Most of the trails here are looped, and are marked and rated for difficulty, but bring a GPS/Radio unit anyway. There are a number of runs that are twisty and narrow, and most would also be plenty wide enough for ATVs. The trails also seemed split when necessary to offer an easy way around the deep rutted or technical spots.

Our only complaint might be that most of the turns are not well banked, so the trails didn't have a very good flow for faster riding, but that may have changed since we last visited and overall it was still very fun. Browns Camp is a great choice if you like easy woods riding.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesOregon ATV Permit stickers required
Dates OpenYear-Round (Riding is discouraged during rainy season. Call (503) 359-7463 for trail conditions and closure info.)
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesAn operating permit issued for another state will be honored, but only if the issuing state also honors Oregon operating permits. (AZ, CA, ID, IN, MO, NV, PA, SC, UT, VT, WA)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (99 dB)Oregon ATV noise limits apply (all vehicles limit 99 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Some AreasNot Recommended
not much available for 4x4 play
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasOregon ATV Permit stickers required
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
campground open seasonally  April 1 - November 1
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/PeriodicJeep/SUV Patrol
CommentSome trails close periodically for logging, maintenance, or for fire season. Browns Camp has 30 sites and is designated for OHV users with trail ready machines. Rogers Camp is mainly used by horseback and mountain bike riders.
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TERRAIN

Approx Size19,840 acres (31 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail50
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1500 to 2500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Someall crossings have bridges, no riding in creeks
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis state forest has few single track trails.Fewmostly ATV trails 4 feet wide
RoadsThis state forest has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe state forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis state forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis state forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Beware of cliffs.
deep ruts, but mostly avoidable
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None
Commentmostly moderate & easy trails, all trails marked & rated, some one-way trails

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (E)Gales Creek Shell (503) 357-9645
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (E)Gales Creek Shell (503) 357-9645
Potable Water WaterOn Sitepotable water
water available at campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (SE)Washington County Fair Complex (503) 648-1416
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Jordan Creek (503) 815-7024
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site29 campsites, each with picnic tables & fire grate
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (E)Gales Creek Shell (503) 357-9645

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
CampingYes
Tent: $20.00
RV: $20.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $5.00
Drive-in campsite $20/night. Walk-in tent site - $15/night. Camping fee includes up to two vehicles. Additional vehicles are $5/night. Cash or check only.
CommentContact Tillamook State Forest for current campground fees - (503) 357-2191.

RATINGS

Prossecluded, campsite right on the bank of the creek, easy trails, most trails loop, all trails marked
Constrails not banked well, not good flow, lots of sharp loose rocks
Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Spring/Fall
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityForest Grove, OR
AddressBeaver Dam Road, Gales Creek, OR 97117
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Street Map
Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Portland, OR
1) US 20 west toward Forest Grove
2) State Hwy 6 west to mile post 33
3) Just past mile post 33 turn left (south) on Beaver Dam Road
4) Follow signs to Browns Camp or Rogers Camp.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoOregon Department of Forestry - Forest Grove District
801 Gales Creek Road
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 357-2191
(503) 359-7401
forestryinformation@oregon.gov
www.oregon.gov
Contact InfoOregon ATV Safety Education Card
(877) 772-3359
atv.info@state.or.us
www.oregon.gov

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Browns Camp Trail Photo

Browns Camp OHV Area Trail

The trails got right down to business, offering a moderate and relaxed woods ride for motorcycles with lots of trees and very few rocks.

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Woman wearing blue Acerbis motocross gear sitting on Suzuki RM100.

There are many spots with good scenery. Some sections of the trail are narrow, but there are other parts where there is enough room to pull off the trail and take a break.

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Section of trail marked with signage.

This is an example of one of the trailheads. The trails are marked and rated for difficulty.

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Suzuki RM250 entering amatuer trail.

The trails here are marked and rated for difficulty and the various loops eventually lead back to the main camping area.

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Yellow RM250 going through some deep ruts.

When we rode it, there were not many ruts. A couple spots like these were really the exception, and they each had a smooth bypass. I would say most of this stuff was pretty tame.

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A motorcycle rider on yellow Suzuki RM 100 going down a wide jeep trail through the dark forest.

The Oregon forests are thick and dark and sometimes a little bit spooky! I definitely like to keep it moving.

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Yellow Suzuki RM100 going through section of twisty trail.

A lot of these trails were so much fun on a motorcycle! But they are probably wider now.

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Woman wearing blue Acerbis trail riding gear and CamelBak.

Most of the routes do eventually form a long loop, but it is still a good idea to bring a GPS and maybe a radio. Don't count on your smartphone.

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Man on yellow Suzuki RM250 navigating some rugged terrain.

Had some fun trying to climb this gravel pit. It was loose and the rocks were big, so it was a little bit of a challenge with the two-stroke.

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RM100 on OHV trail.

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Campground entrance with kiosk stocked with informational flyers and trail maps.

This is the entrance to the Browns Campground. There are campsites located all around the looped road but there are also more sites if you continue straight ahead.

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Smooth and twisty section of ATV trail.

Trails are mostly smooth and rock-free.

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Gravel quarry.

During the summer months this is an active quarry.  It appears as though it's used as a shooting range in the off season.

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Dirt bike going through narrow section of woods trail.

Here is an example of some of the other ruts that the motorcycle doesn't really see but could be sticky for a UTV or ATV when wet, maybe.

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Another section of smooth ATV trail.

When it was smooth, it was real smooth.

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Young woman with Suzuki RM100 navigating some deep ruts.

Some sections may have been a little rough looking, but there was really nothing too difficult.  You don't have to be extremely experienced to ride most of these trails.

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