Route

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
8.1 MILES, FLAT
START: 7:15 a.m. (plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to walk to and board train)

Day 1 begins with a ride on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad to the start of our hike. UPDATED DIRECTIONS: Park at the Port of Garibaldi and follow the waterfront trail 0.25 mile to the first railroad crossing; load the trail here. The train leaves at 7:15 a.m. sharp; arrive early enough to park, use restroom if needed (no toilets on board), and walk 5 minutes to boarding platform. We’ll ride it 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 out to US 101, where a quick bus ride will return us to Garibaldi.

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 15
10.8 MILES, 790 FEET ELEVATION GAIN
START:  7:15 a.m.

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.

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 16
9.7 MILES, 945 FEET ELEVATION GAIN
START: 7:15 a.m.

Day 3 begins with a bus ride from Garibaldi to Netarts and another boat trip (weather permitting), this one across Netarts Bay to the tip of Netarts Spit. We’ll walk the beach side of the spit south to the foot of Cape Lookout, where we’ll take a break before following a forest trail to the top of the cape. We'll take another trail down the cape's south side to the beach. From here it’s just a short walk to our celebration lunch at the Boy Scouts’ Camp Clark oceanfront dining hall before catching a bus back to Garibaldi in late afternoon.

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