CHECK-IN AND ORIENTATION
THURSDAY, SEPT. 9
4 to 5:30 PM: DROP-IN CHECK-IN, CIRCLE CREEK CONSERVATION CENTER, SEASIDE
6 to 7 PM: VIRTUAL ORIENTATION (link to come)
Stop by the big barn at Circle Creek Thursday afternoon to check in and pick up your maps and bandana (directions below) any time between 4 and 5:30 pm. By registering Thursday, you’ll help us all get an early start hiking on Friday. If you can’t make it to Circle Creek by 5:30 pm on Thursday, you can check in at the trailhead Friday morning on Day 1.
Then at 6 pm hop on your Zoom-enabled smartphone, tablet or laptop for a virtual orientation to your weekend of walking. Our own staff and special guests will introduce you to the landscape we’ll be traversing, and you’ll have a chance to ask questions. Link will be emailed, posted on Facebook.com/CoastWalkOregon, and posted above on this page.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO CIRCLE CREEK CONSERVATION CENTER: From US 101 at the south end of Seaside, 0.7 mile north of the junction of US 101/US 26, turn west onto Rippet Road. Follow the road west and north 0.5 mile, passing a gravel quarry on your left, to the road’s end between two barns. (Or search for Circle Creek Conservation Center on Google Maps.)
FRIDAY, SEPT. 10
FORT STEVENS STATE PARK
9 MILES, 660 FEET ELEVATION GAIN
START TIME: 8 AM
MEETING PLACE: Beach Parking Lot A, Fort Stevens State Park, Warrenton
DIRECTIONS: From US 101 north of Gearhart or south of Astoria, follow signs to Fort Stevens State Park, which will put you on NW Ridge Road. The simplest route to Parking Lot A is to NOT turn west into the park entrance but to continue north on Ridge Road 0.3 mile to Jetty Road (not signed) and turn left. Follow Jetty Road north 2.1 miles to Parking Lot A.
We’ve mapped out a route that takes you down the beach to the Peter Iredale shipwreck, inland and around Coffenbury Lake, north past the park’s historic Battery Russell to the wide wetland at Swash Lake, and back toward the beach on paths threaded through lush coastal wetlands.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 11
FORT CLATSOP NATIONAL MEMORIAL, LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
9.1 MILES, 1680 FEET ELEVATION GAIN
START TIME: 8 AM
MEETING PLACE: Netul Landing, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park/Fort Clatsop, Warrenton
DIRECTIONS: From U.S. Highway 101 north of Gearhart or south of Astoria, follow signs to Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, which will put you on Fort Clatsop Road southbound. Do NOT turn left at the entrance to Fort Clatsop but continue 1.5 miles farther and turn left at the sign to Netul Landing. (Or search for Netul Landing on Google Maps.) If you have a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass or current Oregon Pacific Coast Passport, please bring it.
We’ll start walking on the Netul River Trail before following a trail around restored South Slough wetland and up to the park’s high point: an overlook with a view of the Pacific. Following portions of the Fort to Sea and Kwis Kwis trails, we’ll circle back through forest and wetlands to our starting point on the Lewis and Clark River, known to the Clatsop people as Netul.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 13
CIRCLE CREEK CONSERVATION CENTER
NEW: 3.2 to 4.2 MILES, MINIMAL ELEVATION GAIN
NOTE NEW START TIME: 9 AM
MEETING PLACE: Circle Creek Conservation Center, Seaside
DIRECTIONS: From the junction of U.S. 101 and U.S. 26 between Cannon Beach and Seaside, take U.S. 101 0.7 mile north and turn west on Rippet Road. (If coming from the north, Rippet Road is 2.1 miles south of Avenue U in Seaside, just past the bridge over the Necanicum River.) Follow Rippet Road west and north a short distance, passing a gravel quarry on your left, to where it ends between two barns. (Or search for Circle Creek Conservation Center on Google Maps.)
UPDATED 8-2-21: Due to high fire danger throughout the Northwest, our Day 3 walk will not extend to the top of Boneyard Ridge but will remain at NCLC’s 364-acre Circle Creek Conservation Center at the south end of Seaside. We’re making this last day a wind-down day, with a late start, a delicious brunch, and walks on the Legacy Loop and Wetlands Walk trails, with an option to extend your walk to the north end of the property and along the Necanicum River.