Stretching from the mouth of the Columbia River to the California border, the 382-mile Oregon Coast Trail links sandy shoreline, rugged headlands, and numerous state parks. This northernmost section of the OCT starts at the south jetty in Fort Stevens State Park and travels 14.7 miles to the town of Gearhart.
From the parking area, walk southeast along the jetty to a grassy berm overlooking the beach. Descend the berm, then follow the shoreline to the south-southeast. Near mile 2, the route passes the equestrian beach access parking area on the left and continues to Columbia Beach. (Pack layers: the waterfront can be windy and cold.) Two miles later, hike past the metal skeleton of the Peter Iredale, a ship that ran ashore on October 25, 1906.
Midway through the route, re-fuel with a picnic on the beach. Afterwards, continue south-southeast to Sunset Beach and Del Rey Beach State Park. The section hike ends 0.3 mile south of Del Rey Beach State Park. Pick up your shuttle car, then return to Fort Stevens State Park.
Caution: Do not try to round headlands without knowledge of tide heights and times. Bring a tide chart and a detailed topo map. Free tide tables are available at state park offices, information centers, and the Hatfield Marine Science Center website.
Info: Oregon Coast Trail
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-Mapped by Echo Hobbs, Salem Hiking Meetup