Experience the connection between land and sea during the upcoming World Oceans Day Hike to the summit of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain in Oswald West State Park Wednesday, June 8, at 10 a.m. This free guided hike 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.
The climb to the summit of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain offers views of the Nehalem River valley, Nehalem Bay and watershed, Oswald West State Park and the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. An area where ocean and land conservation meet, this 5-mile hike will highlight the interconnection of the marine and terrestrial environment along the north coast and the work being done to protect these areas.
The event is free and open to the public. There are no bathrooms or drinking water facilities on this hike. Bring water and snacks/lunch. Weather on the Oregon Coast is unpredictable and trails can be slick and muddy. Be prepared and bring appropriate gear and clothing.
Expect to spend three to four hours on the trail. The trail is steep at times and was damaged some by winter storms. Be prepared to scamper over or under sizable fallen trees and larger rocks blocking the trail.
Meet at Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain South Trailhead parking area located on the east side of Highway 101, just south of milepost 40 and, two miles south of Short Sands Beach in Oswald West State Park. Parking is limited; carpool when possible. Register at online at Cape Falcon Marine Reserve Facebook page.