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, most conveniently in Garibaldi, Rockaway Beach, Manzanita, or another nearby town (see LODGING & DINING). There are lots of options, from camping at Barview County Park or Cape Lookout State Park to luxurious inns and vacation rentals. We urge you to reserve lodging (especially campsites) as early as possible, as even “off-season” weekends on the Oregon Coast can be busy.

Mostly not. After breakfast on your own, we get an early start and provide snacks, beverages, and water bottle refills along the way and at the end of each day’s hike, to tide you over until lunch (on your own) on Days 1 and 2. Day 3 ends with a celebration and lunch courtesy of Tillamook Coast. You’ll find plenty of options for places to dine, at a range of prices, during your stay on the Tillamook Coast.

You get …

  • Shuttles back to your car at the end of each day’s walk, and in some cases to the start of the walk, via bus and excursion train, plus boat ferries across bay mouths.
  • Midway refreshment stops each day, with beverages, water bottle refill, and snacks.
  • 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 rangers and interpreters.
  • The chance to meet and spend time with other interesting, outdoorsy people like yourself.

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. If you get injured, we will help you call emergency services. In general, participants are expected to come prepared to complete each day’s roughly 10-mile walk in 5 hours or less. If you are not 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.

Each day of CoastWalk Oregon 2018 starts in Garibaldi; you will park in the same parking area for the welcome party and every morning. We always start early in the morning, but start times will vary slightly. You will receive complete information, including start times, in emails we will send you in advance and in printed materials you will receive at our welcome party Thursday evening, Sept. 13.

No. Day 1 is almost entirely on the beach. Days 2 and 3 are a combination of beach, trail, and quiet road walking and require 790 to 945 feet of elevation gain. Make sure your training includes hiking hills.

That’s up to you. Some participants may finish in three hours; others may take four hours or longer. Our return shuttles will wait for everyone. However we expect participants to finish the day’s walk by lunchtime (loosely defined), leaving you the afternoon to spend as you wish. You will not be able to walk this distance at this pace without training! The CoastWalk Oregon staff will be happy to make suggestions for things to do while you’re visiting the area.

The day of hiking ends with lunch and an hour-long shuttle back to Garibaldi. The fastest hikers may be back in Garibaldi by 2 pm; others may not be back until 4 pm or even later. If you are flying in and out of Portland to participate in CoastWalk Oregon, we strongly recommend you don’t plan to fly home any earlier than Monday, Sept. 17.

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 10 miles). When possible, we put significant elevation gain at the start of the day. But this year geography dictates that our two headland climbs come in the second half of the day’s walk. You’ll get a chance to rest and refuel before beginning your ascents.

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 highway crossings. Adding your dog to that mix might be fun for you but is likely to compromise other participants’ comfort and safety. Dogs are not allowed on our shuttle vehicles.

One of the largest and most respected private, nonprofit land trusts in the state of 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. From this year’s route you’ll be able to look north to a jagged, mountainous horizon and see our current major project: conservation of a 3,500-acre proposed Rainforest Reserve,  which together with Oswald West State Park and Cape Falcon Marine Reserve will create a contiguous 29-square-mile corridor of conserved land and sea stretching from the summits of coastal-fronting mountains to the nearshore ocean. Your participation in CoastWalk Oregon 2018 moves us closer to acquisition of the Rainforest Reserve.

Contact us at coastwalkoregon@NCLCtrust.org or (503) 738-9126. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about CoastWalk Oregon.