The Yamhelas Westsider Trail will convert the historic Westsider rail line into a 17-mile multi-use recreational trail running from just north of Highway 99W at Gun Club Road to just north of Gaston. It will link up with the State Highway Bicycle Trail to Forest Grove and Henry Hagg Lake. The railway grade is gradual and will provide recreational opportunities for walkers, hikers, runners, bicyclist, and horseback riders. Access is readily available from the county roads it crosses and nearby Highway 47. The route has magnificent vistas of the Coastal Range and passes many Century Farms. The cities of Carlton, Yamhill and Gaston, situated along the trail, will provide opportunities for shopping, dining and wine tasting.
Yamhelas, comes from the name of the Native Americans who lived in this area. Westsider, was the nickname of the rail line when it was constructed in the 1870's along the west side of the Willamette Valley. Yamhelas Westsider Trail, was chosen to reflect the heritage and embody the new use for this historic corridor.
The Friends of the Yamhelas Westsider Trail appreciate your support to make this dream a reality.
Let's Make It Happen