Took the DII and my dogs down to the Salmonberry River via Beaver Slide Road this weekend. Despite the linked map showing the road crossing the river, the bridge at this location has washed away, so it's an out-and-back trip.
It was very cold and wet - even saw some snow flurries. The river is gorgeous, but is closed to fishing from April through October. I was more-or-less planning to hike and scope out fishing opportunities for the fall, while testing my DII 3-Amigo's fix. I was also hoping to get a little hiking in but the Banks to Tillamook Rail Road experenced a severe washout a few years ago and hasn't yet been repaired - the washouts were really wet and steep and couldn't be crossed on foot and the rail tunnel leading the other way was partially flooded with over a foot of water. I've hiked the rail grade in the past from Timber, OR, but this was my first trip down Beaver Slide Road. Typically you'd hike on the tracks, over railroad bridges, and through tunnels. The Port of Tillamook who operates the line requires train operators (when it's not washed out) to regularly blow their whistle so you know trains are coming prior to entering a tunnel or crossing a bridge.
There are a few steeper sections of Beaver Slide Road, but my feeling is that it could be navigated by most any high-clearance vehicles when dry. It was soaking wet though which made for some challenging moments navigating rocky sections and channels created by runoff. It's a solid surface, so getting stuck in the mud wasn't a concern.
Overall this was a great, though short, weekend trip. it was good to get the Disco off the beaten path and was equally fun scoping out the river with my dogs.