Registration is underway for the third annual CoastWalk Oregon, a fundraiser for North Coast Land Conservancy, Sept. 14-16. This year’s theme, “Two Capes, Two Bays, Three Days,” refers to the spectacular stretch of coastline participants will hike, from the mouth of Nehalem Bay to the south side of Cape Lookout, the heart of the scenic Three Capes region on the Tillamook Coast. Registration is limited to 90 participants.
CoastWalk Oregon participants spend three days walking roughly 10 miles a day on the Oregon Coast Trail. This year’s event has some new twists. In addition to buses, boats from Garibaldi Marina and a vintage train from Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad will be among vehicles shuttling participants at the beginning or end of each day’s hike. Every day will start and end in Garibaldi. Day One spans the beach from Nehalem Bay to Tillamook Bay. Day two begins on Bayocean Spit and climbs Cape Meares before ending at the beach near Oceanside. Day Three takes participants down Netarts Spit and over Cape Lookout.
The registration fee covers wayfinding, trailhead shuttles, snacks, and a celebratory lunch at the end of third day. Lodging and most meals are not included. Most of the registration fee represents a tax-deductible donation to North Coast Land Conservancy, which is working to create a vast Rainforest Reserve in the mountains adjacent to Oswald West State Park — a private land conservation effort unprecedented in size in western Oregon.
For more details or to register, visit CoastWalkOregon.org.