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  • Writer's pictureTina McLain

Oregon Coast Trail (OCT)

A 363-mile long-distance trail that follows the entire length of the Oregon Coast.



The Oregon Coast Trail spans 362 miles (according to Oregon State Parks) or 425 miles (according to the Oregon Coast Trail Foundation) of the Oregon Coast from the Columbia River in the north to the California border in the south. The trail has "gaps" in the trail that are road walking sections along highways and roads until more trail can be made. The Oregon Coast Trail Foundation works to maintain and expand this interconnected trail system. This long-distance trail can be done as day hikes, section hikes, or a thru-hike. There are many ways to recreate and experience this trail and the beautiful coastline it entails.


I came across this long-distance trail a few years ago when researching thru-hiking, but never really considered doing it. My mom has a job in Tillamook and each month I usually go over with her while she works on campus. I played with the idea of hiking some sections of it and sporadically did so. It wasn't until the start of 2024 that I decided to seriously start section hiking it. It took a bit more research than other trails since it's "incomplete" and there isn't as much information out there about it. Preparing for section hiking this trail required a lot of effort on my part by utilizing CalTopo and other resources to plan out different sections. Each time I hiked, especially in the shoulder seasons, I had to be very aware of weather (precipitation & wind), tide tables, and different hazards. I love planning trips almost as much as doing them so I rather enjoyed the research — it felt like a fun puzzle. Below I'll discuss in depth my section hiking approach since I'm utilizing hiking and driving to complete this trail.



Blue - driven section | Pink - hiked section


My Section Hiking Approach

The Oregon Coast Trail is technically incomplete and the road walking sections are "gaps" in trail where no trail exists. So, I decided to do the road sections by vehicle instead of walking on the side of Hwy 101 or other roads that I feel unsafe doing. As more trail is established, I plan to come back and do those sections that were previously road sections. I also plan to add on sections such as capes, spits, and peninsulas to hike as much beach as possible on the Oregon Coast. Some sections I'll do as out and back, round trips when I head out alone and other sections I'll go north or south in a point-to-point hiking style. My intention with section hiking is to cover the Oregon Coast regardless of direction. I don't feel a need for my section hiking to be in a certain continuous direction. I will be trying to do as much of it as possible in a southward direction to avoid winds hitting my front, but besides that my goal is to cover all of the Oregon Coast trail, regardless of how I do it or in what direction. Obviously do whatever feels right for you on your own section hike. My reason for being out is to enjoy exploring and work toward finishing this long-distance trail in a way that works best for me and my body.

A note on how I classify “segments”


 

My OTC Stats


Progress: 5.16%
Hiked Miles: 31.40
Driven Miles: 96.89

Last updated: May 9, 2024


 

Explore by Segments:


I broke up segments into separate posts or else this post would be a mile long and impossible to navigate. I'll link to each segment as I complete it. So if there isn't a link for a certain section it's because I haven't completed it yet.


North Coast

  • Segment 1 — North Terminus to Sunset Beach

  • Segment 2 — Sunset Beach to Seaside

  • Segment 3 — Ecola State Park to Humbug Point

  • Segment 4 — Humbug Point to Manzanita

  • Segment 5 & 6 —Manzanita to Bay City

  • Segment 7 — Bay City to Netarts

  • Segment 8 — Netarts to Sand Beach


North Central Coast

  • Segment 9 — Sand Beach to Nestucca Bay

  • Segment 10 — Nestucca Bay to Cascade Head

  • Segment 11 — Cascade Head to Baldy Creek

  • Segment 12 — Baldy Creek to Pirate Cove

  • Segment 13 — Pirate Cove to Schooner Point

  • Segment 14 — Schooner Point to Thiel Creek

  • Segment 15 — Thiel Creek to Alsea Bay


Central Coast

  • Segment 16 — Alsea Bay to Yachats

  • Segment 17 — Yachats to Rock Creek

  • Segment 18 — Rock Creek to Sutton Creek

  • Segment 19 — Sutton Creek to Goose Pasture

  • Segment 20 — Goose Pasture to Tahkenitch Creek

  • Segment 21 — Tahkenitch Creek to Umpqua River

  • Segment 22 — Umpqua River to Clear Lake

  • Segment 23 — Clear Lake to Beale Lake


South Central Coast

  • Segment 24 — Beale Lake to Coos Bay

  • Segment 25 — Coos Bay to Pigeon Point

  • Segment 26 — Pigeon Point to Twomile Creek

  • Segment 27 — Twomile Creek to Coquille Point

  • Segment 28 — Coquille Point to Fourmile Creek

  • Segment 29 — Fourmile Creek to Langlois Creek

  • Segment 30 — Floras Creek to Cape Blanco

  • Segment 31 — Cape Blanco to Rocky Creek


South Coast

  • Segment 32 — Rocky Creek to Sisters Rock State Park

  • Segment 33 — Sisters Rock to Hubbard Mound

  • Segment 34 — Hubbard Mound to Cape Sebastian

  • Segment 35 — Cape Sebastian to Whiskey Creek

  • Segment 36 — Whiskey Creek to House Rock Creek

  • Segment 37 — House Rock Creek to Red Point

  • Segment 38 — Red Point to Terminus


 

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