Hike Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain

April 28, 2017

When: June 8, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Oswald West State Park, Manzanita
Led by: Chrissy Smith, Alix Lee, and Katie Voelke


Join guides from Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, and North Coast Land Conservancy for a hike to the summit of Neahkahnie Mountain in observance of World Oceans Day. Neahkahnie lies within NCLC’s Coastal Edge Initiative area and has much in common with the peaks in the proposed Rainforest Reserve, 3 miles to the north. This hike is a perfect opportunity to learn more about—and immerse yourself in—the Coastal Edge.


CHRISSY SMITH, coordinator for the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, has a background in free-choice learning, oceanography, and marine resource management. In addition to her work with the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, she is the part-time director of the Friends of Netarts Bay and coordinates numerous community programs showcasing the natural resources within Tillamook County. She lives in Tillamook and enjoys hiking local trails and beaches with her husband, their two kids, and their dog, Madrone.

ALIX LEE, coordinator for the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, has a background in marine science, fisheries and water quality monitoring, and volunteer coordination. Her focus now is on implementing watershed restoration projects and promoting educational opportunities in the lower Nehalem watershed. She lives in Wheeler and enjoys exploring tide pools and mountain trails with her partner and their two dogs, Girl and Paducah.

KATIE VOELKE grew up in Sacramento and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She worked as a field biologist for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife before joining NCLC as its first stewardship director in 2005; three years later she became its second executive director. She and her husband, Scott Kirby, are the parents of three boys. They live in Nehalem.


Hike info: Round-trip hike is 2.6 miles with 890 feet of elevation gain. The trail is mostly in good condition, but in places it is steep and muddy with rocks and tree roots underfoot. There are no toilets at the trailhead. Please leave your dog at home on this group hike.

What to bring: Bring water and a lunch to enjoy on the summit. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the day’s weather.

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