North Spit Trail

Empire (subdivision), Oregon

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About a mile north of the mouth of Coos Bay lie the scorched and rusting remains of the New Carissa, a 660-foot wood chip freighter that ran aground here on Feb. 4, 1999. After it was set afire in an attempt to burn off the fuel oil, the ship broke in two. The bow was eventually towed offshore and scuttled at sea, but the scorched and rusting stern remained in the surfline for years. It is still there at this writing, though state officials planned to have it removed in 2008. With or without a shipwreck, the North Spit can be an appealing destination for a beach walk, with good birdwatching potential along the way.
Day Hiking: Oregon Coast

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Day Hiking: Oregon Coast

by Bonnie Henderson (The Mountaineers Books)

About a mile north of the mouth of Coos Bay lie the scorched and rusting remains of the New Carissa, a 660-foot wood chip freighter that ran aground here on Feb. 4, 1999. After it was set afire in an attempt to burn off the fuel oil, the ship broke in two. The bow was eventually towed offshore and scuttled at sea, but the scorched and rusting stern remained in the surfline for years. It is still there at this writing, though state officials planned to have it removed in 2008. With or without a shipwreck, the North Spit can be an appealing destination for a beach walk, with good birdwatching potential along the way.

©  Bonnie Henderson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Empire (subdivision)
Length: 4.2
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Topo Map: North Spit Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hiking: Oregon Coast Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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8/10/2008

Nice hike along the beach. The remains of the New Carissa have been removed. This stretch of beach is not well-traveled, and you usually have the whole thing to yourself.

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