CoastWalk Oregon 2016 FAQ

Is camping/lodging included?
How about food; is it included?
Will there be a sag wagon?
How is this a “supported” walk?
What should I wear?
How do I know where to start each day’s walk?
Is the entire route on the beach?
How much time will each day’s hike take?
Dogs are allowed on the beach; why aren’t they allowed on CoastWalk Oregon?
How many years has North Coast Land Conservancy been offering CoastWalk Oregon?
What does North Coast Land Conservancy actually do?

Is camping/lodging included?
No. This is not a camping trip; it is a series of three day hikes. You need to find your own lodging, ideally between Astoria and Cannon Beach. There are lots of options, from camping at Fort Stevens State Park (where Day One of CoastWalk Oregon begins) to luxurious hotels and vacation rentals. We suggest you reserve something in advance, as even “off-season” weekends at the coast can be busy.

How about food; is it included?
Mostly not. Participants get $10 gift cards for McMenamin’s Sand Trap Pub in Gearhart and Public Coast Brewing Company in Cannon Beach; we hope you’ll use them to grab lunch or beers with us at the end of Days One and Three, but you can actually use those gift cards anytime. We’ll also send you off with plenty of munchies at the end of Day Two. Otherwise you are on your own.

Will there be a sag wagon?
No. If you get injured, we will certainly help you call emergency services. But participants are expected to come prepared to complete each day’s walk. If you are not accustomed to walking long distances, you will need to train in advance.

So how is this a “supported” walk?
● You get a shuttle back to your car at the end of each day’s walk.
● You get a midway refreshment stop each day, with beverages, water bottle refill, and a trail snack.
You get those gift cards (see above), to use toward lunch or drinks, plus beverages and munchies along the way.
● You get detailed maps and in-person wayfinding help from people who are experts on the coast and the Oregon Coast Trail.
In addition to that support, you get a gift (choose among NCLC hat or water bottle or hiking guidebook), a raffle ticket for a luxurious coastal getaway, and a group of like-minded folks to walk with. And, we believe, the best gift of all: the satisfaction of knowing you are contributing to the urgent and important work of conserving Oregon’s coastal lands, forever. That’s really what this walk is all about.

What should I wear?
We suggest athletic shoes, such as those designed for trail running or walking. Don’t wear sandals unless you are accustomed to walking long distances in them. Heavier footwear, such as boots, is probably unnecessary. Dress in layers so you are prepared to peel off a layer as you warm up or add a layer if it gets chilly. Definitely carry (or wear) waterproof rain gear each day. We chose these dates in late September in part because the weather tends to be ideal for walking then. But weather at the coast is always unpredictable! We expect to walk rain or shine.

How do I know where to start each day’s walk?
Day One (Sept. 23) starts at 8:30 am at Beach Parking Area C, Fort Stevens State Park—the South Jetty of the Columbia River. Use your navigation system to find it, or simply follow signs to Fort Stevens (and then Beach Parking) from US 101 near Warrenton. We’ll be emailing you directions to the other two trailheads in early September.

Is the entire route on the beach?
No. Days One and Two will be on the beach (plus a bit of walking on roads to get around a bay mouth). Day Three will take us up and over Tillamook Head on a sometimes steep, muddy trail with nearly 1000 feet of elevation gain (and loss). Make sure your training includes hiking hills.

How much time will each day’s hike take?
That’s up to you. Some participants may finish in three hours; others may take five. Our return shuttles are scheduled to accommodate every speed of hiker. We may adjust the schedule as we learn more about participants’ pace. By starting between 8:30 and 9 a.m., we expect to be done walking each day by lunchtime (loosely defined), leaving you the afternoon and evening to spend as you wish. Our staff would be happy to make suggestions for things to do while you’re visiting the North Coast!

Dogs are allowed on the beach; why aren’t they allowed on CoastWalk Oregon?
We love dogs; most of us are dog owners ourselves. But we are a big group (50 people). Day One we’ll be sharing the beach with cars. Day Three we’ll be on narrow forest trails. Adding your dog to that mix might be fun for you but is likely to compromise other participants’ comfort and safety. Besides, dogs will not be allowed on our shuttle vehicles.

How many years has North Coast Land Conservancy been offering CoastWalk Oregon?
We’ve been dreaming of it for years, but 2016 is the first year for CoastWalk Oregon (and our 30th year of conserving land on the Oregon Coast). We look forward to your feedback, which will help us hone this event for 2017, when we may continue down the coast and expand to more days.

What does North Coast Land Conservancy actually do?
We acquire or otherwise care for land on the Oregon Coast to benefit people, plants, and wildlife. You will be walking past or near many of our conserved lands while on CoastWalk Oregon; our staff (who you’ll be hiking with) would love to tell you more. Or further explore our website, which has maps and other details about where and how we work.