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Oregon Coast Trail

By Nancy Prichard - May 9th, 2001

Elevation: sea level, a few hundred feet gain in places

Days: Parts can be walked in a day, or you can take a couple of months and do the entire stretch

Difficulty: easy to moderate; dress warmly, pack drinking water and watch out for tides

Distance: about 362 miles, border to border

Contact: Oregon Parks Information Center, 800-551-6949 for information; 800-452-5687 for reservations

Maps: Oregon Coast Trail Brochure is available through the Oregon Parks Information Center.

Fall and winter camping in Oregon doesn't necessitate a bed of pine needles and a soggy sleeping bag. From September through spring, you'll find solitary beaches, balmy weather, and sunsets that would make Van Gogh weep. The Oregon Coast Trail traces 362 miles of Oregon coastline, starting just as you cross the Washington border, at the north jetty at the mouth of the Columbia River, and finishing just south of Brookings. You can camp for free on Oregon beaches, as long as you are not adjacent to a state park, or in an area where camping is prohibited by local ordinance. But better yet, stay in one of the 130 yurts that dot the coastline. For unbeatable ocean views, don't miss the yurt at Beachside State Park (just south of Waldport). Yurts cost $27 per night (plus tax) and are available for campers, complete with electric lights, heaters, railed decks and locking doors. These circular structures have evolved from their Mongol predecessors; net-clad windows and clear skylights provide both views and ventilation. Yurts are equipped with futon couches, bunk beds, fire rings and picnic tables, but bring your own cookware and sleeping bags. The Oregon State Park system has 153 yurts in all.


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We stayed in an Oregon yurt

We stayed in an Oregon yurt rental at Loon Lake Resort and RV Park which is located just minutes from Reedsport, Oregon and offers year-round Oregon Coast lodging and Resort facilities. This RV Park has full-hookups, satellite TV and free Wi-fi, and sits on one mile of Loon Lake frontage (one of the Oregon Coast's most beautiful lakes). Loon Lake Lodge & Resort offers a secluded Oregon coast rv park and camping. Campers and boaters can enjoy a natural setting among soaring Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, and Red Cedar trees. Few Oregon coast rv parks and campgrounds can compare to what this RV Park & Resort can offer.

Posted on May 23, 2009 - 3:12pm
by Joe Henderson

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