ROUTE

Welcome Party

Thursday, Sept. 21
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Cannon Beach Community Center
207 N. Spruce St., Cannon Beach

Join us in Cannon Beach to pick up your registration packet, meet and mingle with event staff and fellow CoastWalkers, enjoy refreshments, and learn a bit about the route you’ll be spending the next three days on. By checking in this evening, you’ll be able to get an early start on Day 1. (If you can’t make it to the Welcome Party Thursday night, you can still check in Friday morning.) At 6 p.m. we’ll have a short orientation program where you’ll be able to meet Gov. Oswald West himself (reimagined by a living history reenactor).

Day 1

Friday, Sept. 22
9.8 miles, 300 feet elevation gain
Start: 7:30 a.m.

An early start allows us to make the most of the low tide. Drive to Ecola State Park, just north of Cannon Beach, and park at the first (Ecola Point) parking area. From here, pick up the Oregon Coast Trail southbound for 1.2 miles along the forested shoreline before dropping down to Crescent Beach. The rest of this day is on the beach all the way to Arch Cape. You’ll wade the mouth of Ecola Creek (or, if you prefer, detour over a road bridge) and cross other smaller creeks. At Hug Point you’ll scramble onto a century-old rock roadway created to allow passage above the tide. From Arch Cape, buses will provide shuttle back to your car at Ecola State Park.

Detailed map and elevation profile will be posted later in the spring.

Day 2

Saturday, Sept. 23
9.1 miles, 1730 feet elevation gain
Start: 7:30 a.m.

This is our toughest day. There is no single big ascent but lots of up-and-down as you follow forest trails through Oswald West State Park. We will assemble in Cannon Beach, where you’ll catch a shuttle bus to Arch Cape. Here we pick up the Oregon Coast Trail over Arch Cape Creek and up and over Arch Cape. We’ll cross the highway and continue on the OCT out to the tip of Cape Falcon and south to Short Sand Beach. Take a breather here before walking the final 1.7 miles up to the North Neahkahnie Mountain trailhead, the Day Two end point. Hop on our shuttle bus to return to Cannon Beach.

Detailed map and elevation profile will be posted later in the spring.

Day 3

Sunday, Sept. 24
8.9 miles, 1200 feet elevation gain
Start: 7:30 a.m.

Drive to the meeting hall at Nehalem Bay State Park in Manzanita. From here you’ll be shuttled to the North Neahkahnie Mountain trailhead. Pick up the Oregon Coast Trail as it ascends for 2 miles to the summit of Neahkahnie Mountain, then follow the trail down to the South Neahkahnie Mountain trailhead. Here there’s a gap in the Oregon Coast Trail; rather than walk along the road, you’ll get a lift down to Neahkahnie Beach. The day ends with a long beach walk past the town of Manzanita to the tip of Nehalem Spit, where you’ll be shuttled by boat across the mouth of Nehalem Bay. Grab our shuttle bus back to Nehalem Bay State Park for a celebration lunch.

Detailed map and elevation profile will be posted later in the spring.