Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The OCT in 28 days

This is it; the start of the OCT on  wide, long Clatsop Beach (the widest beach on the OCT, but not the longest)

Maybe you really don’t want to hike 20-mile days on the Oregon Coast Trail (see last post). Maybe it’s not supposed to be such a grind. Maybe you don’t plan to do the whole thing anyway. And you’re willing—nay, eager—to stay in a motel now and then. Try this 28-day itinerary that’s something like 10-15 miles/day (I think). It requires some lodging other than camping. Here I include only legal campsites (scofflaws have more options, though not necessarily better options). I leave it to you to figure actual daily mileage (with help from my Day Hiking: Oregon Coast).

NEXT UP: Gonna take a shot at a 10-miles-a-day itinerary, which will lean toward inn-to-inn and cab rides to avoid road stretches. Slackpacking, I believe it's called. Yum.

D1. McMennamin’s Sand Trap
D2. Backpacker’s camp on Tillamook Head
D3. An inn in Arch Cape (there are two)
D4. Nehalem Bay State Park
D5. Barview County Park or primitive camping at the end of Bayocean Spit
D6. Cape Lookout State Park
D7. Webb County Park at Cape Kiwanda

Detour out to the end of Cape Lookout for this view. 

D8. Devil’s Lake State Park (or a motel in Lincoln City)
D9. Motel in Depoe Bay
D10. South Beach State Park
D11. Beachside State Park or motel in Waldport
D12. Cape Perpetua Scenic Area campground
D13. Washburne State Park
D14. Harbor Vista County Park

Bunches of seals lounging at the mouth of the Siltcoos

D15. On the beach near Siuslaw River or inland 1 mile to Carter Lake CG
D16. End of Umpqua Spit
D17. Bluebill Campground
D18. Sunset Bay State Park
D19. On the beach near 7 Devils State Recreation Site
D20. Bullards Beach State Park or motel in Bandon
D21. Bivouac at New River site or go all the way to Boice Cope County Park at Floras Lake

Heading back out on the OCT after a night at Boice Cope County Park

D22. Cape Blanco State Park
D23. Humbug Mountain State Park
D24. Camp on beach north of Gold Beach, or motel in Gold Beach (and get a ride on the road portions of this day's route)
D25. On the beach north of Myers Creek? At Crook Point?
D26. Whaleshead Beach Resort
D27. Harris Beach State Park
D28. Finish it off!


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  2. Hello! We are scheduled to start our next leg of the OTC in Florence on Thursday, June 29, and end in Coos Bay next week (we do a 50-60ish mile chunk every July.) I'm reading lots of info about flooding.. Do you have any updates in the Florence-Coos Bay area for next week?