Archive for July, 2012

  1. Oceanside + Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Tyson Gillard / July 24, 2012

    Oceanside is an idyllic coastal community located along the Three Capes Scenic Loop,* a 25-mile byway off of US Highway 101 between Tillamook and Pacific City.

  2. Cascade Head Hike

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Tyson Gillard / July 23, 2012

    The trail up to Cascade Head is one of the Oregon Coast’s best year-around hikes.  From the wildflower meadow at the top you’ll catch incredible views to the south that include the 529-acre Westwind Stewardship Conservation Area and Camp, the Salmon River estuary, Lincoln City, and the Pacific.

  3. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Emily Gillard / July 22, 2012

    Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is a concentration of cultural and natural treasures not easily rivaled.  It is a year-round bird watcher’s paradise, a home to some of the most vibrant and dense tidal pools on the entire coast, and a hangout for harbor seals, sea lions, and even the occasional gray whale.

  4. Guide to Beachcombing the Oregon Coast

    Posted by OCVA / July 18, 2012

    A few years ago, my neighbor found a large, beautiful agate to add to his collection. In the spring of that year, friends and I found the beaches north of Florence littered with thousands of purplish-blue jellies known as by-the-wind sailors. And a Florence couple found a fabulous fossil – a Columbian mammoth molar in excellent condition – while walking on Florence’s south jetty beach.…

  5. Central Oregon Coast Press Trip: Day 2

    Posted by OCVA / July 10, 2012

    Day 2 started out with breakfast in the same spot I chose to end the previous evening; at the MIST Restaurant. Though this morning, I would be in the actual restaurant and avoid the lounge altogether. We were joined by Revelle Lewis, Sales Manager for Surftides Lincoln City. Revelle was a joy to talk to. She detailed the history of the hotel and the renovations…

  6. Fort Stevens State Park Campground

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Tyson Gillard / July 6, 2012

    Located within historic Fort Stevens State Park, the Fort Stevens Campground is Oregon’s largest, boasting 482 campsites: 174 full RV hook-up sites (i.e., sewer, water, electricity), 302 with electricity and water, and six dedicated to tent camping ($21/night).  Those six sites are some of the best in the campground, thanks to their central location and the thick salal bushes that give each of them pretty good privacy (see photos for recommended sites).  Beyond the astonishing quantity of campsites, the campground also features 15 yurts ($41/night) and 11 cabins ($85/night) that sleep five;

  7. Short Sand Beach

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Tyson Gillard / July 5, 2012

    Short Sand Beach, also known as “Short Sands” or “Shorty’s,” has become one of Oregon’s most popular surfing and boogie boarding destinations.  Smugglers Cove remains protected from heavy weather, and the breaks are relatively consistent.  And even if you don’t surf, the beach is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon.  In fact, the entire park was named for the beach when it was created in 1931, and it wasn’t until 1958 that it was renamed after Governor Oswald West.  The popularity of the beach is especially apparent in the peak summer months; try weekdays or winter for more solitude.  T

  8. Neahkahnie Mountain Hike

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Tyson Gillard / July 5, 2012

    At 1,680 feet, Neahkahnie Mountain is one of the highest points on the west coast of the United States. From its location in Oswald West State Park, Neahkahnie offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Tillamook Native Americans considered the mountain to be supremely significant: “Ne” translates as “place of,” and “Ekahnie” as “supreme deity.” Urban legend maintains that the mountain is home to treasures left by Spanish explorers, but not much has come of this in modern times.

  9. Tsunami Debris Drop-Off Sites and 211 Information Lines Open

    Posted by OCVA / July 3, 2012

    A network of 32 drop-off sites on the Oregon coast are now ready to receive beach debris washing ashore from the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011. The drop-off sites are free and are a combination of state parks and independent recycling and transfer stations located in every county [Editors: see list attached at bottom of release]. Visitors and residents can call 211 (or…