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"The Final 4"... # 2 of 4: Hike Tillamook Head from Seaside to Indian Beach

Endorphin Drip Hiking and Cycling Club of Portland
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Feb 10 7:00AM - 1:00PM

Distance: 12.6 miles round trip.

Elevation Gain: Approx. 2700 feet

Pace: ~ 3-3,5 MPH as trail conditions dictate

Rating: Difficult due to multiple downed trees, trail conditions and elevation gain.

Trail Conditions: Muddy (Bring a change of shoes)

I will be leading a series of 4 hikes on Saturdays in February before I retire and move to Bellingham in March.

These will be the typical "Mark Hikes" Challenging with multiple stairs/ steep climbs and few rest breaks. These will be fast past hikes and you will be expected to either keep up with the group or find your way back to your car. These are not "beginner friendly" hikes.

Hike Description: This is one of my favorite hikes on the coast...it will be muddy!

The Tillamook Head Trail is a fantastic choice for those interested in a generous sample of what makes the Northern Oregon Coast such a unique destination. The trail runs between the town of Seaside and Ecola State Park just north of Cannon Beach. We will be completing this hike as a there and back starting at the Tillamook Head Trailhead and continuing on to Indian Beach, where we will take a break to enjoy the views and have a snack before heading back. Completing the trail as a there-and-back trip does take some time and energy, but the scenery is incredible and worth a second look on your return trip.

To find the Seaside Trailhead, Drive Hwy 101 to Seaside's southernmost traffic signal. Turn West on Avenue U for 2 blocks and turn left on Edgewood (which becomes Sunset) for 1.2 miles to road's end.

Ecola State Park (http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=136)

General Advisory:

04/07/2017 to 4/30/2018

Indian Beach Trail CLOSED. This popular hike usually connects Ecola Point and Indian Beach day use areas. Excessive winter precipitation washed out a critical section of trail, requiring a significant re-route. It will take us many months to plan, obtain permits for and build the new route. In the meantime, PLEASE do not attempt this trail by creating your own detour. Besides being potentially dangerous, user-created trails can cause serious damage to some of Oregon's most precious natural resources. Thank you for your consideration.**********

Due to the Trail closure, we will be hiking only to Indian Beach, we will not be completing the 1.3 mile section between Indian Beach and Ecola State Park.

From the Tillamook Head Trailhead (http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Tillamook_Head_Trailhead), the trail begins opposite a relatively new, gated development by signs extolling Elmer Feldenheimer. Cross a creek, head up and switchback. A sign proclaims Ecola Point is 7 miles and Hikers Camp is 4 miles. This is lush Sitka spruce, hemlock, alder, deer fern, sword fern, and salal forest. The trail veers right above a gulley and levels. Pass a giant spruce and a gap in the trees giving a view out on the ocean. Soon, circumvent an area of spruce/hemlock blowdown and traverse up, switchback, and pass a huge Sitka spruce. There are 15 more switchbacks before you make a level traverse across an alder slope and head up. On the main trail, continue through mossy woods and switchback up. The trail drops and rises through hemlock woods. There are short stretches of boardwalk. The trail drops and a spur leads right to a viewpoint. Theres more boardwalk and then the trail drops along the edge of the cliff. In the vicinity of Clarks Viewpoint, the trail undulates along the edge of the cliff and passes a massive 10 diameter rotted stump. There are huge springboarded stumps attesting to aggressive logging in the past. Find a viewpoint to the right as you enter second-growth spruce forest. Eight short switchbacks take you down to the Hikers Camp and its little log shelters. Go right down a road track and pass the old battery emplacements, now safely gated up. This track ends eventually at a viewpoint which looks across to the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse or "Terrible Tilly."

After passing the outhouse at Hikers' Camp, go right on the hiking trail between two huge stumps and into secondary forest. The trail drops and you can see the service road below, the other leg of the Clatsop Loop Hike (http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Clatsop_Loop_Hike). Keep heading down past larger spruce trees and then descend a grassy hillside of younger spruce, salal, and sword fern. Make two switchbacks, getting a view south to Neahkahnie Mountain, and then two more switchbacks before you wind down to some clifftop viewpoints. The trail turns inland past some large spruces. The road is again visible just below. Reach a bench and a lovely viewpoint over Indian Beach, and then head left and down across a footbridge over Indian Creek to the loop junction, whence you go right to the parking area at Indian Beach.

After the hike, we will stop at Camp 18 along Highway 26 on the way home for lunch.

Permits: None

CARPOOLING: Suggested carpool donation $15 to cover 150 miles round trip.

No dogs please.

Be prepared with extra layers in case of weather change, good footwear, food/water & your camera!

As always:

We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyones time. We will hike at a steady pace and just keep going! If you are near the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions. If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight. Our pace averages about 3-3.5 MPH including breaks. We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within a reasonable distance from the group. Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy.

I am the meetup event host, not a qualified professional hiking guide. You will need to be responsible for yourself & your safety. I strongly advise you to only sign up for hikes that meet your level of experience and health condition. Thank you.

How to find us:Meet in front of Java Station, next to stairs leading down to Max Tracks. Departing promptly at 7:00AM.

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