Hello, there. I'm new to the forum, with a new WRX (base 5-door) in the garage.
Took the car out for some exercise on Saturday and rediscovered Oregon Route 53 from Nehalem headed NE to an intersection with US26. I did not write down the mileage, but would estimate it at 12-18. This stretch is easy to reach from the Portland area. I recommend an early afternoon run headed NE from Nehalem so that the road has had time to dry out, assuming the weather cooperates. On a Saturday afternoon there was very little traffic, although I did see a few motorcycles headed SW, at a high rate of knots.
The road is in very good condition, looks like much of it was just repaved, almost all of it is posted 55 or un-posted. Corners are nicely cambered, the road is well marked, and I think I recall one sharp bump, the rest of it was quite smooth. Very twisty and undulating (at speed) in sections, an exhilarating drive, mostly in 3rd and 4th gears. Pushing along I was able to exercise the suspension and brakes pretty well for a new car.
I would like to hear about other similar road sections from other forum members, particularly in the NW corner of the state, and anything that traverses the Coast Range.