Route

ORIENTATION
THURSDAY, SEPT. 10

5:30 TO 6:30 P.M.
LOCATION TBA
Seaside

This year’s orientation gathering will be held in Seaside. Here you can pick up your registration packet, meet and mingle with event staff and fellow CoastWalkers, 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.)

DAY 1
FRIDAY, SEPT. 11
COLUMBIA RIVER TO SUNSET BEACH
10 MILES, 56 FEET ELEVATION LOSS
MEET: 8 AM
WHERE: Circle Creek Conservation Center*, Seaside

Our shuttle buses will transport you to the northern trailhead for the Oregon Coast Trail, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. We’ll walk through the dunes along the jetty before dropping down to the beach. Then we’ll take a long beach walk south, with a stop midway for refreshments, before ending our day’s CoastWalk at Sunset Beach.

*Parking all three days is at Circle Creek Conservation Center, at the south end of Seaside. From US 101 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 ask Google Maps for directions).

DAY 2
SATURDAY, SEPT. 12
FORT CLATSOP TO DEL REY BEACH, GEARHART
10.3 MILES, 650 FEET ELEVATION GAIN
MEET: 8 AM
WHERE: Circle Creek Conservation Center*, Seaside

Take our shuttle bus to Fort Clatsop— winter 1805–06 headquarters for the Lewis and Clark Expedition, now part of part of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. We’ll begin by walking the Fort to Sea and Kwis Kwis trails, which roughly trace the route members of the expedition took from their quarters at Fort Clatsop, on Youngs Bay, to their salt-making operations on the ocean beach. The trail ends at Sunset Beach; from here we’ll walk the beach south 3.5 miles to Del Rey Beach, Gearhart.

*Parking all three days is at Circle Creek Conservation Center, at the south end of Seaside. From US 101 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 ask Google Maps for directions).

DAY 3
SUNDAY, SEPT. 13
SEASIDE TO INDIAN BEACH, ECOLA STATE PARK
8.1 MILES, 1215 ELEVATION GAIN
MEET: 8 AM
WHERE: Circle Creek Conservation Center*, Seaside

We begin this day’s walk at the north end of Seaside’s famed Promenade. Walk the Prom or the beach past Seaside, then briefly follow a quiet road to the start of the trail over Tillamook Head. After a pause at the backpacker’s camp atop the headland, our day’s hike ends where the trail reaches the Indian Beach parking area in Ecola State Park, just north of Cannon Beach. Hop on the shuttle back to Circle Creek Conservation Center, where a finale lunch awaits you.

*Parking all three days is at Circle Creek Conservation Center, at the south end of Seaside. From US 101 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 ask Google Maps for directions).