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NorCal > Oregon Sand and Trees 8 Day Trip

Starting at the Western most point in California @ Mottole Campground we will head north cruising through coastal views and redwood groves stopping at Jedediah Smith Campground spending the night under the redwoods. The next day we head north into the Rouge River Siskiyou National Forest exploring forest service roads and setting up camp at Laird Lake for the night. The next day we are continuing the trek a short drive north to the top of the mountain range where we will stop for the day at an old (closed) fire lookout and do some exploring by foot. From here we head down out of the mountains for gas and supplies and setup camp at Horsfall Beach. The next day we set out onto 30+ miles of beach driving from Horsfall to the South Jetty Campground (there is some road driving between Horsfall and Threemile). For the last day we head back into the forest, exploring the western slopes of the Siuslaw National Forest, for a full day of off road enjoyment before settling down at Horse Creek Campground. From there we are going to do some touristy stuff, visit the sea lion caves - see some lighthouses and then make a dash for Portland.

    Saturday, October 19, 2019

    08:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
    20:00 Hrs GMT -8:00

    Saturday, October 26, 2019

    06:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
    18:00 Hrs GMT -8:00

    US West





Terrain Type

  • Dirt Road
  • Highway
  • Mud
  • Sand
  • Snow


  • 4WD
  • Off Road Tires


Channel Channel Value
  • GMRS 13

Rally Point Notes:

Route: https://bit.ly/2mNvgYk

I'm not looking for a huge group here - but with such a big trip it would be nice to have a buddy system going on. I have no idea what to expect on these forest service roads, so it will be a bit of an adventure once we get up there seeing how rough or easy they are. I have nights in campgrounds for planning purposes but if we get out there exploring and find good spots in the National Forest that would be great. As for rig requirements... Since I haven't seen the roads I can't be sure, I have a 2.5" lift and 31" tires with a winch but if things are getting too dicey there are lots of other roads to choose from.

I've tried to keep the driving times down so if plans need to change there is buffer to do that, if things go smoothly then this leaves the schedule open to drive some more trails or just explore the areas by foot, I've done my best to select areas that have interesting things around them.

Travel Time/Distance: 397 miles
Day 1: 159mi (mostly highway driving)
Day 2: 66mi
Day 3: 48mi (almost entirely off road)
Day 4: 94mi (a LOT of sand and beach driving)
Day 5: 30mi

Campground Fees:
Mattole Campground, CA: $8
Jedediah Smith Campground, CA $35
South Jetty Sand Campground, OR $10
Horse Creek Campground, OR $11

Permits Required:
Class 2 OHV Permit $10

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  • Reno, NV
  • @Brooke
  • 06/22/17


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  • Start Point: Petrolia, CA 95558, USA GPS Coordinates: 40.28906, -124.35599 Notes: Meeting at this campground Saturday Night (Night 1)
  • WayPoint 1: Crescent City, CA 95531, USA GPS Coordinates: 41.79584, -124.08568 Notes: Campground in the Redwoods (Sunday Night 2)
  • WayPoint 2: NF-550, Gold Beach, OR 97444, USA GPS Coordinates: 42.34732, -124.16013 Notes: Snow Camp Lookout (Monday Night 3)
  • WayPoint 3: Port Orford, OR 97465, USA GPS Coordinates: 42.7014, -124.20469 Notes: Laird Lake (Tuesday Night 4)
  • WayPoint 4: North Bend, OR 97459, USA GPS Coordinates: 43.45338, -124.27545 Notes: Horsfall Beach (Wednesday Night 5)
  • WayPoint 5: Florence, OR 97439, USA GPS Coordinates: 43.9557, -124.13088 Notes: South Jetty Sand (Thursday 6)
  • End Point: Florence, OR 97439, USA GPS Coordinates: 44.10699, -124.09201 Notes: Horse Creek (Friday Night 7)

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