Route

THURSDAY, SEPT. 12
5:30 TO 6:30 P.M.
KIAWANDA COMMUNITY CENTER
34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City

This year’s orientation gathering will be held in Pacific City, at the same location where we will park on Friday (Day 1). Here you can pick up your registration packet, meet and mingle with event staff and fellow CoastWalkers, win a door prize if you’re lucky, and learn more about the route you’ll be walking for the next three days. By attending our Thursday evening orientation, you’ll help us all get an early start Friday morning. (If you can’t make it, we’ll catch you up at the starting point Friday morning.)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 13
SAND LAKE ESTUARY TO NESKOWIN
9.7 MILES, 160 FEET ELEVATION GAIN
MEET: 7:30 AM
WHERE: Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City

After taking a shuttle from Pacific City, Day 1 begins at the newest state park on the Oregon Coast: Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, a former dairy farm on the southern edge of Sand Lake estuary. We’ll follow a raised dike around the edge of the estuary before cutting over the dunes to the ocean beach. Then it’s down the beach and over Cape Kiwanda, a steep but relatively short sand ascent. We’ll continue down the beach to Nestucca Spit, where we’ll take a break and board a shuttle bus to the south side of the Nestucca River. We’ll end the day’s walk with 3.3 miles on the beach to the community of Neskowin, best known for its landmark Proposal Rock.

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 14
CASCADE HEAD
8.8 MILES, 1505 FEET ELEVATION GAIN

MEET: 7:30 am
WHERE: Cascade Head Experimental Forest/Pacific Northwest Research Station, 1912 N. Old Scenic Highway, Otis

The official route of the Oregon Coast Trail bypasses the best of Cascade Head. At CoastWalk Oregon, we’re going off-route to give you an experience of the spruce-and-hemlock forests and salt-spray meadows characterizing Cascade Head Scenic-Research Area, which is also a United Nations Biosphere Reserve. We’ll ascend the headland on footpath and gravel road, then we’ll plunge down the headland through The Nature Conservancy’s Cascade Head Preserve, taking in vast ocean and coastal views on our way to the Salmon River. NOTE: The trail down Cascade Head is very steep and rough in places and not suitable for all hikers. Trekking poles are recommended.

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 15
SILETZ BAY TO SALMON RIVER
9.4 MILES, 830 FEET ELEVATION GAIN

MEET: 7:30 AM
WHERE: Cascade Head Experimental Forest/Pacific Northwest Research Station, 1912 N. Old Scenic Highway, Otis

We will start walking on Day 3 at the mouth of Siletz Bay and walk the beach northbound, past Lincoln City. We’ll leave the beach at Road’s End State Recreation Site. From there we’ll follow quiet back roads and trails up to The Knoll—with its spectacular view of Lincoln City and Devil’s Lake—and take a trail down into remote Camp Westwind, treasured by generations of children and families, for a finale lunch before catching a boat shuttle across the Salmon River.

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