Route

CHECK-IN AND ORIENTATION
THURSDAY, SEPT. 8

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.

At 6 p.m., 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/NCLCtrust, 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. (Do NOT search for North Coast Land Conservancy; that will take you to our offices, which are not at Circle Creek.)

DAY 1
FRIDAY, SEPT. 9

BEACH AT FORT STEVENS STATE PARK
WARRENTON
9.6 MILES, 35 FEET ELEVATION LOSS
START: 8 AM, CIRCLE CREEK CONSERVATION CENTER*

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 walk at Sunset Beach State Recreation Site.

Route and direction of hike are subject to change.

*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 to Circle Creek Conservation Center).

DAY 2
SATURDAY, SEPT. 10

SEASIDE AND TILLAMOOK HEAD AT ECOLA STATE PARK
10.3 MILES, 2350 FEET ELEVATION GAIN
START: 8 AM, CIRCLE CREEK CONSERVATION CENTER

We’re jumping south to Tillamook Head for our Saturday walk, the most challenging stretch of this year’s CoastWalk. Take a short shuttle bus ride to the beach at Seaside, then follow the beach, or the beachfront Promenade, south to where Tillamook Head National Recreation Trail leads up and over the headland. After a pause at the backpacker’s camp atop the headland, we’ll drop down to the bluffs above Indian Beach, then continue by trail to Ecola Point.

Route and direction of hike are subject to change.

DAY 3
SUNDAY, SEPT. 11

FORT-TO-SEA TRAIL TO GEARHART
8 MILES, 180 FEET ELEVATION GAIN
START: 8 AM, CIRCLE CREEK CONSERVATION CENTER

Our Day 3 hike is our shortest. You’ll start by walking the western end of the Fort to Sea Trail, over dunes and dune-swale lakes spanned by sturdy footbridges, to Sunset Beach, where we ended Day 1. From here, you’ll head south and walk the beach to Gearhart.

Route and direction of hike are subject to change.