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.
No Campfires at Big Elk Campground:
- Effective August 13 until further notice no campfires anywhere across the Siuslaw National Forest, including Big Elk Campground on the C2C Trail
- 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 October 1. It may be opened sooner, but that depends upon how rapidly the work progresses.
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.
For biking, the US Forest Service has imposed a seasonal closure for new and existing trails on USFS lands from October 16 thru May 15. Closed to bikes during these dates is 1.5 miles on the Sugarbowl Creek section west of Shot Pouch Trail Road through gated USFS land; there is no detour for bikes around this closure. This restriction also applies to horses.Note that the C2C Trail is not built to 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.