The scenic coastal Trask River flows over 50 miles from the Northern Oregon Coast Range. Like the other five rivers including the Wilson, the Kilchis, the Miami, and the Tillamook, the Trask empties into the Tillamook Bay.
The 18-mile Trask River is formed by North and South Forks joining together near Trask River County Park in the Tillamook State Forest.
The river is well-known not only as an excellent place to catch Chinook salmon or steelhead but also it features numerous swimming holes including secret ones.
Though this place is quite popular among anglers, in the summertime the crystal-clear water of this coastal river attracts those who enjoy spending hot days splashing in cool creek water.
The 90-foot beach is composed of coarse sand and pebble. The opposite bank is framed with rock walls with a tiny waterfall dropping into the river. There are underwater ledges in the middle of the river. Deep areas that are suitable for swimming are found at the mossy big rock on the left and downstream on the right of underwater ledges.
There are shallows near the beach. No restroom or garbage service is available. Pack out all your trash.
From US-101 in Tillamook, take Highway OR-6 and travel 2.3 miles east to Cedar Butte Road. Turn right onto Olsen/Trask River Road and continue 1.8 miles. Turn left (do not cross the bridge) and follow 5.4 miles to a turnout on the left.
The trail from the turnout runs down to the river.
Trask River County Park
Trask River County Park is sprawled along the bank of the North Fork at the confluence of the North and South Fork of the Trask River. The park offers camping and day-use options.
There are two swimming spots - on the left and right sides of the bridge.
The swimming area downstream of the bridge is accessed via a short trail from the day-use area. The beach is bedrock partially covered by water making it perfect for lounging and wading. There are deep swimming spots as well.
The river segment upstream is a narrow channel with concrete remains of the old bridge and a huge rock nearby which is used as a jumping spot.
The park amenities include picnic tables, vault toilets, and running water in the campground.
From Dam Hole, follow 4.9 miles east on Trask River Road to the park.
North Fork Bend
A great destination on the North Fork of the Trask River is located 0.5 miles away from Trask River County Park. Park your car at a turnout on the right or a huge hill on the left side and find a trail leading down to the river.
This is a secluded site with the river running through a maze of rocks into a narrow channel creating a small waterfall. The waterfall cascades down to a beautiful green pool surrounded by gorgeous rock formations. The water is transparent to the bottom and, typically, warms up during the summer heats to 65F at the end of July.
There are shallows downstream.
From Dam Hole, follow 4.6 miles east on Trask River Road to North Fork Road. Turn left onto North Fork Road and continue 0.4 miles to the destination.