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Site Description

Clatsop County contains approximately 425,000 acres of forest lands. The Nicolai Mountain area is managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry and is surrounded by private timber companies that do not allow OHVs. Please respect the closures.

Staging area and trails are currently under development. Limited parking and approximately 30 miles of newly constructed, rerouted, and improved Easiest to More Difficult trails (open to quads, motorcycles, and side-by-side ATVs). Trails designated open to side-by-side ATVs are limited to 65” in width and are not open to jeeps and other 4x4 vehicles.

Dispersed camping is permitted throughout the Clatsop State Forest. Please use established sites and pack out all trash. Emergencies and Services: In the event of an emergency call 9-1-1, and be aware that cellular phone service is spotty in the area.

An OHV map of the area is available from the website as well as from the Astoria District Office.

Trail Difficulty

Easiest, More Difficult

Season of Use

Year-round. Riding conditions are best in Fall and Spring. Trails get dusty in Summer and may be closed seasonally or due to fire restrictions.  Area may be snowed out in Winter months.  Contact land manager for trail status.

Permit Requirements

Oregon ATV Permit

Sound Limit

95-99db, depending on vehicle

Other Requirements

U.S. Forest Service approved spark arrestors required

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