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Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

Friday, January 14, 2022

Other Names

Upper Nestucca OHV Area, Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail, Elk Flat, Grassy Flat, Whip Up Flat, Camp Cooper, Upper Nestucca Trail System, Sheriden Peak, Bald Mountain Road, Bible Creek Road, Niagara Falls, Nestucca River, Mcguire Reservoir

Last Known StatusOpen

Upper Nestucca features about 25 miles of tight and twisty forest trails with a wide range of difficulty, from smooth and flat, to steep and crusty. Many of the trails are marked, rated and narrow, making the area perfect for dirt bikes. The area has four staging areas, and maps are available in a tube on the sign posts. OHVs are permitted on the connecting roadway (Bald Mountain Road) and you can ride from one staging area to another.

The area is not very crowded but there are no developed campsites within the OHV area, so no fires are permitted during burn season. The developed campgrounds (Alder Glen, Dovre, Fan Creek and Elk Bend) are 5-10 miles away to the north and offer picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets and potable water but don't allow OHV direct trail access.

The trails are open year-round but may close temporarily during fire season, which is usually around late summer. The pictures speak for themselves on this one. Simply put, this is a great place to ride for all skill levels. Be sure to say thanks to the Applegate Roughriders for maintaining this trail system.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesOregon ATV Permit stickers required
Dates OpenYear-Round except during fire season.
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesAn operating permit issued for another state will be honored, but only if the issuing state also honors Oregon operating permits. (As of October 1, 2021, Oregon no longer honors stickers from Washington.) (AZ, CA, ID, IN, MO, NV, PA, SC, UT, VT)
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 WidthYes (50 inches)narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome Areas(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
ProhibitedOregon 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)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
during fire season Aug 1 - Oct
Night RidingSome Areas4/1-9/15 permitted 2 hrs after sunrise to 2 hrs before sunset
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on designated trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/PeriodicDedicated Rangers/Officers
Jeep/SUV Patrol
CommentOHVs permitted on paved Bald Mountain Road. OHVs are prohibited at Camp Cooper.
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TERRAIN

Approx Size9,579 acres (15 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail25
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2000 to 2900 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintainedtrails are well marked with signs at each end of the trail
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has mostly dust on typical days.Mostly
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
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 BLM land has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis BLM land has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis BLM land has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis BLM land has almost all shaded areas.All
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has some hazards.Some(hazards are marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little
Commentsome steep trails, watch out for rider traffic on street roads and road crossings

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandBLM

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Shell (503) 398-2828
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Shell (503) 398-2828
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (S)Wandering Spirit RV Park (503) 879-5700
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (S)Wandering Spirit RV Park (503) 879-5700
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (S)Wandering Spirit RV Park (503) 879-5700
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NW)Shell (503) 398-2828

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

RATINGS

Prostight twisted trails, wide range of difficulty, not crowded, OHV's permitted on road way
Consno developed campsites in OHV area, developed sites are 5-10 miles away that don't allow OHV's (don't have direct trail access)
Our RatingRatingExcellent
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Spring
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityWillamina, OR
AddressBald Mountain Road, Willamina, OR 97396
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Tillamook, OR
For Whip Up Flat Staging Area:
1) Take 101 South about 20 miles to Hwy 22
2) Take Hwy 22 south about 25 miles toward Willamina
3) Take exit for Willamina/Sheridan
4) Merge onto Yamhill River Road, continue 2.25 miles
5) Turn left (north-west) onto Willamina Creek Road, continue 6 miles
6) Turn left onto Coast Creek Road, continue 1.3 miles
7) Turn right onto Gilbert Creek Road, continue 3 miles
8) Turn right (north) onto Bald Mountain Road, continue .75 miles
9) Whip Up Flat Staging Area is on the right (east).

For Eastline Quarry Staging Area:
10) Continue north on Bald Mountain Road past Whip Up Flat about 4 miles
11) Staging area will be on the right (east).

For Elk Flat Staging Area:
12) Continue north on Bald Mountain Road past Eastline Quarry 2.5 miles
13) Staging area is on the right (east).

For Grassy Flat Staging Area:
14) Continue north on Bald Mountain Road past Elk Flat 5.3 miles
15) Staging area is on the left (west).

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Salem Field Office
1717 Fabry Road SE
Salem, OR 97306
(503) 375-5646
(503) 815-1134
blm_or_no_mail@blm.gov
www.blm.gov
Contact InfoApplegate Rough Riders Motorcycle Club
P.O. Box 13674
Salem, OR 97309
(503) 835-1093
info@arrmc.com
Contact InfoOregon ATV Safety Education Card
(877) 772-3359
atv.info@state.or.us
www.oregon.gov
Contact InfoOregon State Parks Online Store
725 Summer Street NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301
(800) 551-6949
park.info@oregon.gov
store.oregonstateparks.org

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Some rocky terrain at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

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OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

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OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

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OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

Most of the trails are smooth and fast.

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OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

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OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

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OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

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OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

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OHV jumping at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

Catching a little air!

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Scenery at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

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Female rider on a OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

Yes, it is legal to ride on the paved road (Bald Mountain Rd.).

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Example of terrain at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

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Girl on a OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

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Girl on OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

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Woman on a OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

There can be large mud puddles however most are avoidable.

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Girl riding a OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

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Girl on OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

The lush vegetation gives this place a tropical feel.

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Woman riding a OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

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Woman on a OHV at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

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Amenities example at Upper Nestucca Motorcycle Trail System

Grassy Flat staging area.

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