|Heading south from Humbug Mountain|
DOGWOOD'S FAVORITE SECTIONS: Hiking over the capes and headlands. Specifically he gives thumbs-up to Ecola State Park and Tillamook Head (between Seaside and Cannon Beach); the stretch from Tenmile Creek, past Hobbit Beach, to Heceta Head (north of Florence); the shoreline parks at Cape Arago (south of Charleston); and Boardman State Park, way down south. I have to say I especially love the capes up north.
ON BOARDMAN STATE PARK: Dogwood loved it. Points out that you pretty much have to stealth camp to get through it, since there are no legal campsites. (I took a taxi from Pistol River to Harris Beach State Park, then went back the next day and walked in to Harris Beach; I might consider a cabin at Whaleshead RV park next time, myself.) I had a report from another 2016 hiker that the OCT connector trail at the very north end of Boardman State Park (Hike 85 in my book) was in very poor shape and nearly impassable. Dogwood found it rough but passable, still preferably to walking on the highway.
DOGWOOD ON CAMPING ON THE BEACH: "I too think on the beach camping can get overrated especially when the fine sand embeds in clothing and every other nook and cranny. Being sand blasted in high winds with gusts simply gets old." Ditto.
ON SOME SOUTHERN RIVER CROSSINGS: Dogwood didn't cross the mouth of Pistol River; he seems to have found it a little confusing, as I did when I thru-hiked, and he just went to the highway and crossed the highway bridge. New River was also a little strange. He reminds us, "Things change depending on many factors." As I say again, the OCT isn't a wilderness experience, but it is an adventure..
DOGWOOD ON MY BOOK Day Hiking: Oregon Coast (couldn't resist sharing): "Many accolades concerning your book. I liked that you gave logistical details to stay true to a shoreline hike. You're in the know. I followed the book well. You include many possible side hikes and optional routes."