Hike along Bay Ocean Spit road, learn about coastal bays & estuaries, and discover the history of a lost town. This guided hike will also highlight the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, a legislation ensuring public access to all 363-miles of Oregon coastline, and inform on updates to closing gaps along the Oregon Coast Trail.
The event is part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures. Hosted by a consortium of volunteer community and non-profit organizations, these meaningful nature-based experiences highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to preserve and conserve the area’s natural resources and natural resource-based economy.
This 4 mile journey is an easy to moderate walk that winds along and over dunes at the intersection of the ocean and Tillamook Bay. Expect to navigate through puddles and mud, scamper up sand banks, and navigate around storm washed trees. FREE and open to the public, the hike will be led by Chrissy Smith of Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS, Kristen Penner of Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Initiative, and Connie Soper, author of "Exploring the Oregon Coast Trail".
Experience the unique landscape of our coastline, the story of a long lost town buried beneath the salal, and learn about new efforts to preserve Tillamook’s historical legacies. Join us in discovering the natural wonders and history of this special place!
Date & Time: Hike is scheduled for August 16, 2017 from 1pm – 4pm.
Event Information: There are no bathrooms or drinking water facilities on this hike. Please bring water and snacks. Weather on the Oregon Coast is unpredictable and trails can be slick and muddy. Please be prepared and bring appropriate gear and clothing.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate 4 mile hike over flat gravel road, sand, moderate to steep sand dunes
Location: Bay Ocean Peninsula County Park near Cape Meares, OR. The park is a 20 minute drive from downtown Tillamook. Please register for driving directions.
Cost: No charge. Tax-exempt donations to Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS or GCHI to enable programs like this are encouraged, but not required.
Registration: Required and available soon at EventBrite.com. For a link to the registration page, please visit www.explorenaturetillamookcoast.com