THURSDAY, SEPT. 13
4:30 TO 6:30 P.M.
0.9 mile round-trip, flat
TILLAMOOK BAY HERITAGE CENTER AT PIER’S END, GARIBALDI
This year’s welcome party will be held in Garibaldi’s historic 1936 US Coast Guard boathouse. Here you can pick up your registration packet, meet and mingle with event staff and fellow CoastWalkers, enjoy refreshments, maybe win a door prize, and learn more about the route you’ll be spending the next three days on. Checking in Thursday evening helps us all get an early start Friday morning.
DIRECTIONS: Follow signs to parking just west of the Port of Garibaldi office; this is where you will park every morning. CoastWalk Oregon staff and signs will help direct you. Look for the Coast Guard boat on display in the northwest corner of the parking area; from here, follow the waterfront path to the pier, then follow the pier to the boathouse, a scant 0.5-mile walk.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 14
8 MILES, FLAT
START: 7 a.m. IN GARIBALDI
Day 1 begins with a 0.25-mile walk on the waterfront trail to where we board the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad to the start of our hike. Train leaves at 7:15 a.m. sharp; don’t miss the train! We’ll ride the train roughly 45 minutes to the Nehalem Bay’s south jetty, which we will follow out to the beach. We’ll walk the beach south to the town of Rockaway Beach, pause for a rest stop, then continue down the beach to Barview, at the mouth of Tillamook Bay. We’ll follow a park road nearly out to US 101, where a quick bus ride will return us to Garibaldi.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 15
10.8 MILES, 790 FEET ELEVATION GAIN
START: 7:30 a.m. IN GARIBALDI
Day 2 begins with an early morning boat ride (weather permitting) from Garibaldi across Tillamook Bay to Bayocean Spit. We’ll follow the spit south to the community of Cape Meares, where we’ll take a break at a historic schoolhouse. There we’ll leave the beach and head to the top of Cape Meares on an abandoned asphalt road repurposed as part of the Oregon Coast Trail. At the summit, stop to admire the lighthouse and look for seabirds. Continuing, we’ll follow a trail past the famous Octopus Tree and follow a quiet county road back down to the beach near the mouth of Netarts Spit. A bus will return us to Garibaldi.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 16
8.8 MILES, 945 FEET ELEVATION GAIN
START: 7:30 a.m. IN TILLAMOOK
We will meet and park at the Tillamook County Library in the town of Tillamook (a 20-minute drive south of Garibaldi), then take a shuttle bus to Cape Lookout State Park. Our Day 3 walk begins with a 2-mile ascent of Cape Lookout, then a walk down the south side of the cape to a remote beach. We’ll walk the beach south to the mouth of Sand Lake Estuary; buses will shuttle us from there back to Cape Lookout State Park for a celebratory lunch. When you’re ready, catch a bus back to your car in Tillamook.