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
10.1 miles, 580 feet elevation gain
Start: 7:30 a.m.

An early start allows us to make the most of the low tide. Meet at Cannon Beach Community Hall (207 N. Spruce Street). From here, we’ll walk the Cannon Beach Trail along Ecola Creek to get to the beach. The rest of the Day One route is on the ocean beach all the way to Arch Cape. We’ll pass Haystack Rock, where we can pause to check out the tidepools or watch seabirds through the spotting scope. At Hug Point we’ll scramble onto a century-old rock roadway created to allow passage above the tide. We’ll pause again at a home on the edge of Oswald West State Park before hiking over Arch Cape to our shuttle rendezvous and return to Cannon Beach.


Day 2

Saturday, Sept. 23
7.4 miles, 1200 feet elevation gain
Start: 7:30 a.m.

This is our shortest but possibly toughest day. There is no single big ascent but lots of up-and-down as we follow forest trails through Oswald West State Park. We will assemble in Cannon Beach, where we’ll catch a shuttle bus to Fire Mountain School south of Arch Cape, near where we ended on Day One. Here we pick up the Oregon Coast Trail out to the tip of Cape Falcon and south to Short Sand Beach. Take a breather here before walking the final 1.7 miles to US 101 across from the north Neahkahnie Mountain trailhead. Hop on our shuttle bus to return to Cannon Beach.


Day 3

Sunday, Sept. 24
10.25 miles, 1020 feet elevation gain
Start: 7:30 a.m.

Drive to the meeting hall at Nehalem Bay State Park in Manzanita. From here we’ll be shuttled to the north Neahkahnie Mountain trailhead. We’ll follow the Oregon Coast Trail as it ascends for 2.2 miles to the summit knob atop Neahkahnie Mountain, then we’ll continue down the south side of Neahkahnie Mountain all the way to the beach (crossing US 101 in the process). From Neahkahnie Beach we’ll follow the beach south past the town of Manzanita to the tip of Nehalem Spit, where the staff of Jetty Fishery will shuttle us by boat across the mouth of Nehalem Bay. A bus will shuttle us back to Nehalem Bay State Park for a celebration lunch provided by the folks at Tillamook Coast.