Oregon Coast - Seaside to Manzanita Backpacking

Seaside, Oregon

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This popular stretch of the Oregon Coast Trail packs a lot of scenic variety in a small area. From beaches and tidepools to dense forests and high viewpoints this trip has it all. Add a dose of history and you have a great early- or late-season hike. May is best for flowers, but fall is also pleasant and has fewer people. The entire stretch can be done as a series of fairly easy day-hikes, but a backpacking trip is more satisfying for the connoisseur. The hike is equally attractive in either direction. You begin with a long climb through the second-growth forests of Ecola State Park. After 1.7 miles you reach the top of hulking Tillamook Head. A short side trail reaches the summit, which has rather disappointing views. The scenery soon improves considerably as the trail closely follows the edge of Tillamook Head’s dramatic cliffs. Several places provide breaks in the trees with sweeping views of cliffs and ocean. Not necessarily the best but certainly the most interesting of these viewpoints is signed CLARK’S POINT OF VIEW.
Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow

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Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

This popular stretch of the Oregon Coast Trail packs a lot of scenic variety in a small area. From beaches and tidepools to dense forests and high viewpoints this trip has it all. Add a dose of history and you have a great early- or late-season hike. May is best for flowers, but fall is also pleasant and has fewer people. The entire stretch can be done as a series of fairly easy day-hikes, but a backpacking trip is more satisfying for the connoisseur. The hike is equally attractive in either direction.

You begin with a long climb through the second-growth forests of Ecola State Park. After 1.7 miles you reach the top of hulking Tillamook Head. A short side trail reaches the summit, which has rather disappointing views. The scenery soon improves considerably as the trail closely follows the edge of Tillamook Head’s dramatic cliffs. Several places provide breaks in the trees with sweeping views of cliffs and ocean. Not necessarily the best but certainly the most interesting of these viewpoints is signed CLARK’S POINT OF VIEW.

© 2007 Douglas Lorain/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Seaside
Distance: 31
Elevation Gain: 4,300 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 days
Season: Usually open all year; best in May / Fall
Local Contacts: Ecola State Park
Topo Map: Oregon Coast - Seaside to Manzanita (Backpacking) Topographic Map
Guide Book: Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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8/4/2008

My review is way too long to post here but in a nut shell, the description and what is available on long the route are way off base. Take a look at this review: http://ajpaisley.com/or_trail.html The truth is that there is only one place along the trail where you get retool if you need supplies and water can only be found at Ecola Beach, Cannon Beach, and Os West State Park. And most importantly, camping at Hug Point can be dangerous with high tides claiming peoples lives. The hike was great and we all had a good time but it should be treated like any other backpacking trip even if there is cell signal and small towns. Make sure you have a way to purify water!!!!

7/24/2006

Heading in from Seaside the switchbacks and elev gain is not as much fun, but once you get to the top the views are breathtaking; long, steep slopes with an eternity of sea, air, and rock. The campsite bunks are pretty nice, but I chose to bed down in trees nearby. Don't miss the abandoned bunker and the ocean views at the hike in site, pretty creepy when the sun sets and the wind picks up. Very peaceful, kinda crowded.

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