I will say it once and I have said it before I think that the coast range mountains are some of the most underrated hiking spot in Oregon and the Indian Trail on Mt. Hebo is a prime example. Hiking up to the true summit you start at a small lake and you pass through two forest meadows. The forest on your walk was ravaged in the Fire in 1912 and was one of the first replanting efforts by the Forest Service. It looks like a forest found on the moon of Endor were the Ewoks live but much smaller. The start is mature growth Sitka Spruce dominated landscape but quickly it is changed to Douglas firs when you enter the replanted area. Mt. Hebo is the tallest mountain in the northern coast range and second only to Mary’s Peak in the coast range. The views from the summit meadow are commanding, on a clear day you can see for miles.
To find the trail head drive Hwy 101, 19 miles south of Tillamook (or 25 miles north of Lincoln city) to the town of Hebo. Here take Hwy 22, .3 miles just before the Hebo Ranger Station turn left at the sign for Hebo Lake and travel on Road 14, 4.7 miles till you come to a fork in the road stay right to the entrance of the Hebo Lake campground. To park here there is a $5 parking fee.
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