Conservation on the Edge: Elk Flats

April 25, 2016


When: Tuesday, June 14, 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 walk to Devil’s Cauldron and Elk Flats, on the sea cliffs south of Cape Falcon in Oswald West State Park. Co-leading this hike will be Katie Voelke, executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, and Dale Cramer Burr, executive director of Lower Nehalem Community Trust.

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: Expect to spend about an hour on an easy 0.25-mile walk to Devil’s Cauldron. We will then walk 3 miles round-trip to Short Sand Beach via Elk Flats. This trail is steep and muddy in places; come prepared to scamper over sizeable fallen trees. No toilets at the trailhead, but toilets off the trail to Short Sand Beach. 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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