Conservation on the Edge: Cape Falcon

April 25, 2016


When: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 10 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Oswald West State Park, Manzanita
Led by: Chrissy Smith


With mountain summits rising above 3,000 feet as close as a mile from the shoreline, the region NCLC calls the Coastal Edge, between Tillamook Head and Nehalem Bay, is an unusually compressed, biogeographically concentrated ecosystem, unlike that anywhere else on the Oregon Coast. Part of the Coastal Edge shoreline lies within Oswald West State Park, which is the gateway to Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, the newest of Oregon’s near-shore areas set aside to protect the ocean’s biological diversity. Join Chrissy Smith, Outreach Coordinator for the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, on a hike to Cape Falcon. Katie Voelke, executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, will join the hike as well.

CHRISSY SMITH, the outreach coordinator for the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, has a background in free-choice learning, oceanography, and marine resource management. She lives in Tillamook and enjoys hiking local trails and beaches with her husband, their two kids, and their dog, Madrone. 

Hike Info: The hike to Cape Falcon is 5 miles round-trip with moderate elevation gain. We will hike on a well-developed trail that can be muddy in places. No toilets at the trailhead, but toilets are located in the next parking lot to the south. Please leave dogs at home.

What to bring: Water and snacks/lunch. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the day’s weather. Binoculars are always great to bring along for spotting wildlife.

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