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Cole Mountain Rd Dispersed Camping
2.9 (12 reviews)
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Dispersed camping in the Clatsop State Forest. Road does not follow google maps. Catacomb of pull offs in dense forest.

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45.8657, -123.756
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Weather
Averages
Forecast
jan
10.89"
50.1°
38.6°
feb
8.47"
51.6°
37.9°
mar
8.75"
53.3°
39.2°
apr
5.91"
55.3°
41.2°
may
4.08"
58.6°
45.4°
jun
3.1"
61.1°
49.5°
jul
1.45"
64.3°
52.3°
aug
1.39"
65.4°
52.5°
sep
2.44"
65.2°
48.9°
oct
6.52"
60.2°
44.9°
nov
11.8"
53°
41.4°
dec
10.55"
49°
37.3°
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Crowdedness
Others somewhat nearby, but still private
Fullness
Three quarters of spots are open
Noise
Rare man-made noise (trains, cars, etc...)
Shade
Some shady spots
Cleanliness
Some trash
Safety
Some sketchy people
Road difficulty
Mostly accessible, some spots can be hard to get to
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kelsho
11
Jul 2022
Logging road

This is a one vehicle width logging road. No great place to turn around. We did not go far into the road because we did not want to meet anyone head-on. We turned at the first opening, which looked like a trash dump. We ended parking at the entrance of the road, there was a spot the back into. Overall, there was a lot of car traffic late into the night. It is pretty sketchy, seems to be popular with the local dealers. No one bothered us, but it was not a good night sleep. Would never go back. We actually stayed at the local Walmart the following night.

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avixki
24
Mar 2022
Not bad but trashed

About 5 spots for camping and RVs. It's dispersed camping in oregon so of course people are going to dump there trash there but only one site is bad enough I wouldn't drive to it. Glass and nails everywhere. It's the first not blocked off road on the left. The rest are good and safe looking as of March 2022. Nobody around for the 3 nights we stayed here and close to towns.

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seaotter
19
Aug 2021
Ok in a pinch

So this is more of a: lumber was harvested a few years ago and there's flat spots here and there. I would say varying levels of garbage from spot to spot. 1st spot I didn't stay at. If your pulling a trailer, I would have a good set up for tight turn arounds, or you'll be backing it up a lot, I'd also walk down a bit to scout out, so you can make a better approach.

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gabryella
3
Jul 2021
Did not like

I may have felt differently if I had seen this campsite during the day, but we got here at night and I did not like it. It was hard to see where to go and the spots/roads are so hard to turn around in while towing a camper. There was trash, random chairs, tables, etc. at almost every spot we saw. I got a bad vibe so we left for a Walmart parking lot instead.

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thornberrylc
2
May 2021
Cole Mountain

So far so good. The gravel road requires 4 wheel drive if you are pulling a trailer. My Xterra started sleaping going up a hill until I put it in 4wd.

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warhippy
7
Oct 2020
Lots to explore

Stayed one night in Oct 2020. Lots of hunters cruising the roads. Only saw one other camper. Easy access but the road gets rougher the farther in you go. There are many other roads in the area if this one is full.

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mclovings
4
Aug 2020
Decent spot with cell service

Stayed the first week of August. A few other campers there but still found available spots.

Network of logging roads with small pull offs big enough for one RV. We stayed for two nights at two different sights in our 27’ travel trailer. I probably wouldn’t recommend anything taking anything over 30-32 feet max up here.

The drive up the logging road is slow. The road is a bit narrow at points and your travel trailer will contact some small leaves or branches. Nothing that I was worried about leaving scratch marks.

The sights were not pristine but weren’t extremely trashy either. I did find a needle cap in one site. There were also some sketchy small cars driving by with tweeker looking people in them. I would not be comfortable leaving my camp sight unattended for long. I would definitely not be comfortable leaving my trailer unattended and going to the beach. We packed up each morning and left our sight to drive to the beach.

The area was quiet and you won’t be be near any other campers.

It’s about a 15 drive to Cannon Beach and a 15 minute drive to Seaside. If you are looking for free camping close to either location, I would recommend this area.

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katiegabriella
1
Jul 2020
Private, but dirty

Nice private campgrounds- but lots of trash/old tires/burnt stuff around. It was good enough, but not amazing.

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maneagle
11
Jul 2020
Private and Quiet

Came here on 4th of July weekend. Arrived about 6:30 pm the place was totally vacant as far as I could tell. More campers arrived toward sunset but they were not visible or heard. Perfect quiet and a nice safe ace to build a fire. Lota of beautiful wild flowers and even saw a rabbit. My 25 foot B+ had no problem. Might be tough if you have a bigger rig like over 30ft.

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rlindsay
4
Aug 2019
Did the job

Boys and I needed a place to crash and make a fire while traveling to Oregon coast. We ended up finding a decent spot with plenty of privacy and even some trees to attach hammocks. Recommended for an easy and free night not too far from the highways.

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Anonymous
-2
Aug 2019
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big_boxtruck
151
May 2019
Choose your own adventure

Network of logging roads in state forest land. Road is pretty descent. Had cellphone signal up on the hill. Spots further along the ridge had nice views but no signal.

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