Experience the Oregon Coast on Foot
The Peter Iredale
Wetlands along the Kwis Kwis Trail
CoastWalk Oregon is an opportunity to walk roughly 30 miles of the Oregon Coast Trail over three days without worrying about wayfinding, river crossings, or return shuttles. Staff and volunteers of North Coast Land Conservancy are experts on the Oregon Coast. Each year they map out a route on a scenic stretch of the Oregon Coast Trail that balances beach walking with headland hiking. Our goal: provide participants with a fun, safe, and hassle-free way to hike a significant chunk of this world-class, long-distance trail while raising funds to support habitat conservation on the Oregon Coast. Participants arrange their own lodging and dining. We gather and start walking early each morning to accommodate winds and tides, leaving you the afternoon to relax or further explore the Oregon Coast.
The Oregon Coast Trail is a border-to-border walking route, from the Columbia River to California, capitalizing on the state’s publicly accessible beaches and its coastal city, county, and state parks and national forests.
SOUTH TO TILLAMOOK HEAD
Throughout CoastWalk Oregon 2020 we will be walking through the traditional homeland of the Clatsop people. We’ll pass the rusting remains of the Peter Iredale, an English sailing ship that ran aground in 1906. New in 2020, we’ll assemble on the grounds of Fort Clatsop, where the Lewis and Clark party spent the winter of 1805–06. We’ll head west on the Fort to Sea and Kwis Kwis trails, approximating the route members of the Corps of Discovery took to walk to the Pacific Ocean shore. We may encounter a party of salt-makers in Seaside, reenacting a chore that members of the expedition carried out all winter to stay alive and prepare for their return to St. Louis in spring 1806. And we’ll follow in the footsteps of Sacajawea, the expedition’s Shoshone translator, who insisted on accompanying the co-captains investigating rumors of a beached whale south of Tillamook Head. Sacajawea, Capt. William Clark noted in his journal, “observed that she had traveled a long way with us to see the great waters, and that now that monstrous fish was to be seen, she thought it very hard she could not be permitted to see either.”
You, too, will have traveled a long way. Don’t miss a single step.
ENHANCE HABITAT: HIKE THE COAST
North Coast Land Conservancy has been conserving and connecting land on the Oregon Coast since 1986. In 2016 we launched CoastWalk Oregon, an opportunity to walk 30 miles of the Oregon Coast Trail over three days in September. The funds we raise us conserve habitat on the Oregon Coast. At the end of CoastWalk Oregon 2019 we reached Siletz Bay in Lincoln County, at the southern end of our service area. In 2020 we cycle back to where we started four years ago: the mouth of the mighty Columbia River.
In cooperation with our partners at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, manager of Oregon’s public beaches and coastal state parks, we ask our participants to follow a LEAVE-NO-TRACE ethic throughout CoastWalk Oregon.
“We hit the jackpot discovering CoastWalk and look forward to next year!”
—Katherine, Seaside OR, CWO 2018
“Thanks for the opportunity to support such a great mission in such a fun way.”
—Cheryl, Portland OR, CWO 2016