Frequently Asked Questions
No. This is not a camping trip; it is a series of three day hikes. You need to find your own lodging. We will offer suggestions for the most convenient towns to base your weekend out of (see LODGING & DINING). There are lots of options, from tent or yurt camping at a state park to staying at a luxurious inn or vacation rental. We urge you to reserve lodging (especially campsites) as early as possible, as September weekends on the Oregon Coast can be busy.
Mostly not. We provide snacks and opportunities to refill your water bottle to tide you over until lunch, which is on your own on Days 1 and 2. At the end of our Day 3 hike, we will have a celebration picnic lunch back at Circle Creek. (We try to meet a variety of dietary needs but may not meet everyone’s needs.)
You get …
- MIDWAY REFRESHMENT STOPS EACH DAY, WITH GENEROUS SNACKS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO REFILL WATER BOTTLES.
- A COMMEMORATIVE BANDANA.
- DETAILED MAPS AND IN-PERSON WAYFINDING HELP FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERTS ON THE COAST AND THE OREGON COAST TRAIL.
- AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN SOMETHING OF THE HUMAN AND NATURAL HISTORY OF THIS STRETCH OF THE OREGON COAST FROM ENTHUSIASTIC NATURALISTS AND INTERPRETERS.
- BUS SHUTTLES TO THE START OF EACH DAY’S WALK AND BACK TO YOUR CAR AT THE END OF THE WALK, ALLOWING YOU TO HIKE ONE-WAY.
- A CELEBRATION PICNIC LUNCH AT THE END OF DAY 3.
And, the best gift of all: the satisfaction of knowing you are contributing to the urgent and important work of conserving Oregon’s coastal lands, forever. That’s really what this walk is all about.
No. We are sometimes miles from the nearest road, on remote trails and beaches. In general, participants are expected to come prepared to complete each day’s 8- to 10-mile walk in 5 hours or less. If you are not already accustomed to walking long distances, you will need to train in advance. That said, we won’t abandon you! Should you be unable to complete a day’s walk, we’ll make sure you aren’t left behind.
In 2022, we will start each day at Circle Creek Conservation Center, at the south end of Seaside (same location as Thursday afternoon check-in). That is where you will park each morning and catch the shuttle bus to the start of that day’s hike. For directions, google “Circle Creek Conservation Center.” Directions are also posted on the website Route pages and will be sent in reminder emails.
In 2022, Day 1 is entirely on the beach. Day 2 is mostly on trail and includes significant elevation gain; make sure your training includes hiking hills. Day 3 is a combination of gentle trail and beach walking.
In 2022, we’ll walk an average of 8.5 miles with elevation gains ranging from 0 to more than 1500 feet. Some walkers will complete the day’s walk in under 3 hours; we expect everyone to finish in 5 hours.
Depending on how fast you walk, you could be back at your car by about 11:30 or closer to 12:30 or 1 pm. We hope you will stay for lunch, but if you’re in a hurry you can grab and go. If you are flying in and out of Portland to participate in CoastWalk Oregon, we strongly recommend you don’t plan to fly home before Monday morning.
Our daily route is determined by a complex mix of factors including distance between access points, safety of access points, tides, availability of toilets, and more. We do our best to make each day about the same length (roughly 8 to 10 miles). When possible, we put significant elevation gain at the start of the day, but some years a climb at the end of the day is unavoidable. We start hiking in the early morning, when winds are usually lightest. Sometimes we change the announced direction of a hike to adapt to changing conditions.
No. We love dogs; most of us are dog owners ourselves. But we are a big group (90 participants, plus staff). Our route includes narrow forest paths and road crossings. Adding your dog to that mix might be fun for you but is likely to compromise other participants’ comfort and safety. On years when we have bus shuttles, dogs are not allowed on our shuttle vehicles.
It might seem like it, with so many women featured in our photos, but all humans are welcome to attend CoastWalk Oregon!
We are one of the largest and most respected private, nonprofit land conservancies in Oregon. We acquire or otherwise care for land on the Oregon Coast to benefit people, plants, and wildlife. Explore our website or talk with CoastWalk Oregon staff to learn more about how we work and the lands we conserve. Your participation in CoastWalk Oregon helps us move a few steps closer to conserving important coastal habitat, including our most recent project: creation of the 3,500-acre Rainforest Reserve, key to a huge conservation corridor that now stretches from the coastal mountaintops to Oswald West State Park and into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Falcon Marine Reserve.
Contact us at coastwalkoregon@NCLCtrust.org. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about CoastWalk Oregon.
All CoastWalk Oregon participants and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning they must have received the second of two doses of vaccine (just one dose for Johnson & Johnson) at least two weeks before the event start day of Sept. 9. We recommend you receive a booster as well.