ELEVATION: 3706 ft, with 1100 ft vertical gain DISTANCE: 2V-1/2 mi up, 4V-5 mi round-trip DURATION: 1 hour up, 2 hours round-trip.
DIFFICULTY: Mix of moderate for the main route (mostly old road walk, partial bushwhack to summit, route-finding, no signs, never too steep) and strenuous for the ridge scramble option (wooded, partial bushwhack, small fallen trees, steep, straightforward).
TRIP REPORT: Highest point in Tillamook County and, in fact, all of the Northern Coastal Range is Rogers Peak. For this reason it’s on many folks’ bucket lists, but it doesn’t mean by any means that you will see anyone else besides the company you bring for this peaceful peak. Peaceful except for the drive the final 71/2 mi on active logging roads (except on weekends/holidays) that are quite steep and very narrow (AWD vehicle preferred) with sharp curves and only a few safe pullouts. Yield to uphill drivers of other vehicles and yield to logging and other trucks at all times, being extremely careful (radio and windows down to hear approaching trucks), although it’s not as confusing as it seems. No pass or restroom.
Forested Rogers Peak up the ridge from older logging roads.
TRAILHEAD: Rogers Peak TH. Take US-26 W from Portland around 20 mi to the exit left for OR-6 W (Tillamook/Banks) almost 30 mi, turn right 1 mi past Lee’s Camp Store (between mileposts 22/23) at a big brown sign for Jones Creek CG, Smith Homestead Day Use Area, and Diamond Mill OHV Area. Cross over the bridge on N Fork Road which turns to gravel 5 mi to the end, turn right opposite Jones Creek Park on N Fork Wilson River Road (Cedar Creek Road/CB-18) N for 3 mi along the W side of Wilson River (stay right at a fork just past Diamond Mill OHV Area and 5 mi farther as well).