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Crown Zellerbach Trail

Crown Zellerbach Trail


Open dawn to dusk
Pets are welcomed, but must be on a leash.
lat: 45.7604374 long: -122.8669035

The Crown Zellerbach Trail is part of Oregon’s “rails-to-trails” program, as it follows the Portland Southwestern Railroad route that began in 1906. The railroad was sold to the¬†Crown Zellerbach Corporation and turned into a logging route in 1945. After years of disuse, the trail opened to the public in 2014.

Also known as Crown Z or simply CZ, this 21-mile trail¬†is a scenic place to hike, bike, or horseback-ride. With both gravel and asphalt trails, this adventure is suitable for all levels of hikers and bikers. Some trip highlights include the 15-foot waterfall at Bonnie Falls, the abounded 1920¬†Nehalem Divide Railroad Tunnel, and sightings of Oregon’s snowcapped mountains.

There are 10 trailheads, each located just 2-4 miles apart, making it easy to choose your own adventure. Visitors who want to camp along the trail can stay overnight¬†at the Scaponia Park or Vernonia Lake campgrounds. Alternatively, tourists staying in¬†Scappoose or Vernona can explore different sections of the trail as a day trip. The eastern end of the trail in Scappoose is flatter while the western end in Vernona has a steep incline. This end¬†of the trail connects to the¬†Banks-Vernonia State Trail for adventurers who want to continue exploring Oregon’s abandoned railroads.

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