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Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow
by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)
© 2007 Douglas Lorain/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.
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!!!!
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.
We did this trip in 3 days and 2 nights. The first and last were the most strenuous. It is a good hike if you are looking for give you good ocean views and a solid workout within an hour of Portland, OR. Expect some company along the trail around popular Cannon Beach and as the trail crosses Route 101. Starting from the North at the trailhead at the south end of Seaside, the hike into Tillamook Head was not easy. Lots of switchbacks up into these coastal headlands. But the forest was awesome with great huge trees, endless greenery and steap cliff views. Once we came to Cannon Beach it was funny to mingle with the beach folks wtih our large packs along the beach. One benefit was access to a few grocery/beverage stores to stock up on some necessities. However, once below Silver Point, the crowds disappeared and the beach was ours again. The cliffs at Hug Point were awesome so we camped there. BEWARE of the tides here as you cross this point. We got caught and were waist deep in the coming waves. Pretty funny, but wet. We continued on south on Day #2 for another full day to Cape Falcon. Like Tillamook, this headland was a brutal climb up and down. Again, great views and a beautiful old forest made the hard work pay off. Our final night was at the public campgrounds just south of Cape Falcon. Some great beaches along this trip. It was a bit crowded at times, but you had your solitude at times. A good nearby weekend trip. Enjoy.
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