The C2C Trail is open for hiking year-round unless special or temporary restrictions are imposed by the US Forest Service or private land owners. Because of concerns regarding wildfire, nesting birds, spawning fish, and logging operations, portions of the trail may be temporarily closed at any time.
Before planning and starting out on your adventure, check here for temporary closure information and other advisories for your safety and enjoyment.
The new closure
- Just west of Marys Peak on Woods Creek Road is a new road building and logging project. The road is closed from October 11 until about the end of November from about trail-mile 19 at the Tum-Tum Road junction to trail-mile 21 farther west on Woods Creek Road. There are no logical detours around this closure. This closure also applies to weekends. We’ll let you know when the trail reopens.
The Weyerhaeuser closure should end soon, but it is open on weekends
- The section of C2C Trail from Wolkau Road to N. Beaver Creek Road will be closed to thru hiking for road reconstruction and rocking beyond the Weyerhaeuser gate from July 1 through the end of October, but it is open on weekends. We’ll let you know when this section reopens.
It is possible to detour around the closure by using N. Beaver Creek Rd. And Wolkau Rd. We have hiked that route a few times without incident, but it must be noted that 4 miles are paved, traffic moves fast, on several curves drivers have limited vision distance, and there are limited shoulders at the edge of the pavement in many areas. The 2 miles of N. Beaver Creek Rd. between Wolkau Rd. and Elkhorn Rd. are gravel, but much can’t be walked safely toward Ona Beach on the left side due to blind curves with no shoulders. Be warned, be cautious, should you elect to try this detour during the closure.
- Closures on Siuslaw National Forest Lands regarding the COVID-19 pandemic have been lifted as of June 1, 2020. However, social distancing practices should continue to be observed on trails and at campgrounds until further notice. For updates, check with Siuslaw National Forest.
C2C trails west of Big Elk Campground are closed to bicycles year-round, although old roads are legal for bicycles and horses. East half trails are open to bicycles, between May 16 and October 15. Open to bikes during these dates is 1.5 miles on the Sugarbowl Creek section west of Shot Pouch Road and the 2.2 mile lower section of the North Ridge Trail paralleling Woods Creek Road (no horses). There is no detour for bikes around the Sugarbowl Creek closure. Note that most of the C2C Trail was not built to bicycle or horse standards and the open roads are not particularly horse-friendly. Regardless, for almost all road sections, including decommissioned Forest Service roads, bicycles and horses are legal
For all users, there is a standing closure with detour from November 1 to February 28 near Gopher Creek where the trail crosses a small tributary of the creek. The 2-mile detour around the 1-mile closure is made to protect the fish habitat and the adjacent wetland. The trail user who needs to by-pass the Gopher Creek Trail segment during the seasonal closure can continue up FS road 3125 to FS road 31 (Hilltop Road) and go west on FS road 31 to once again hit the regular trail route.
Several parts of the trail follow roadways open to the motoring public year-round, and which are regularly or lightly used. When using these roads, always be alert for cars, trucks, and other users.