Coast Trail — Seaside to Arch Cape

June 25-27, 1980

Weather looked so bad at the outset that we were prepared to bail out after the first night if necessary. Great good luck, however, prevailed and nearly perfect conditions stayed for the duration of the three day outing.

Leaving cars at Cannon Beach on Wednesday, we went north to Seaside by Greyhound for 80¢, per person. Our first lap over Tillamook was muddy underfoot, but otherwise easy. We camped in the hiker’s camp the first night and were the only people there. On Thursday, we had a drier trail, descended to Ecola Point for 11:00 tea then on to Cannon Beach easily by about 1 p.m. Because the sky was dark when we arrived at Arch Cape, we decided to drive to Oswald West Park and camp above the sea (always more light near the ocean than in the woods). We got the best camp site, the one overlooking the cove, and had a leisurely evening meal entertained by conversation with two Tillamook sheriff’s deputies who strolled by on their regular rounds.

Friday morning we hiked up do Cape Falcon and observed birds on an offshore rock. It was one of those sunny lazy pauses when everyone felt like loitering. Our two non-obsidians, Sue from Lexington, Ky. and Deanie from Salem, were great company and it was with reluctance that we said good-bye.

Hikers were Sue Alexander, Emmy Dale (leader), Leannie Harvey, and John Powell.


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