Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

First Day Hikes on Oregon Coast a Special Event for New Year's Day

Published 12/20/2019 at 5:35 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

First Day Hikes on Oregon Coast a Special Event for New Year's Day

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; major specials when beaches reopen
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
major specials when beaches reopen
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
major specials when beaches reopen
In Lincoln City:
major specials when beaches reopen
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
major specials when beaches reopen
In Newport:
Look for major specials when beaches reopen
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials coming when beaches open
In Yachats, Florence
Big specials coming; lodgings not listed anywhere else

(Oregon Coast) – A broad range of getting-back-to-nature events are held on the Oregon coast on New Year’s Day, including those infamous polar bear plunges that happen in little towns like Arch Cape, Manzanita, Newport and others. But among the more high profile (and not so chilly) are the First Day Hikes held by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) throughout the state. (Above: Seal Rock)

37 hikes in 31 parks are part of this year’s First Day Hikes. All hikes will be guided by a park ranger or volunteer who will share stories about the park’s history, geology, wildlife and plants. All hikes are free and day-use parking fees will be waived at all participating parks January 1 only.

This is the eighth year in a row that OPRD has partnered with America’s State Parks to offer the free hikes.

OPRD strongly suggest dressing for inclement weather.

Hikes are held in all corners of the state, including Portland, eastern Oregon, central Oregon, the Columbia Gorge, the Willamette Valley, the Cascades and of course the Oregon coast. See OregonTravelDaily.com soon for full story.

On the coastline, the hikes found are:

Bullards Beach State Park (Bandon): 1 p.m., meet at the meeting hall.
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint (near Oceanside): noon, meet in the Cape Meares parking lot.
Crissey Field State Recreation Site (by Brookings): 11 a.m., meet at the welcome center.
Fort Stevens State Park (at Warrenton): 10 a.m., meet in the Battery Russell parking lot.
Humbug Mountain State Park (Port Orford): 10 a.m., meet at the Humbug Mountain trailhead.
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park (by Florence): 10 a.m., meet in the group camp parking lot.
Oswald West State Park (near Manzanita): 8 a.m., meet at the Cape Falcon trailhead.
Seal Rock State Recreation Site: 9:30 a.m., meet in the Seal Rock parking lot.
Umpqua Lighthouse State Park (Reedsport): 1 p.m., meet at Lake Marie Day-use area.
William M. Tugman State Park (Lakeside): 10 a.m., meet at the Eel Lake boat ramp.

Up on the north Oregon coast, the hike hosted by Fort Stevens is a special one.

The hike begins at 10 a.m. and starts in the Battery Russell Parking Lot. It’s a moderate, two-mile hike on the Fire Control Hill Trail. They recommend the hike for children at least 4 years old.

Contact information 503-861-3170.

OPRD said you’ll be hiking along the top of the same forested dune that Battery Russell was constructed atop. Encounter the massive concrete Battery Russell and other remnants of the fort's historic past. Learn why two pontoon boats sit in the middle of the forest. Dogs permitted on a six-foot leash. Trail not suitable for strollers.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging “Oregon State Parks” on Facebook.

Hikers can register for specific hikes online at the Oregon State Parks Stores. While online registration isn’t required for participation, visitors are encouraged to register.

Oregon Coast Hotels for this event - Where to eat - Map - Virtual Tour





Bullards Beach State Park



More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss

 



Coastal Spotlight


LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Wrecking the Peter Iredale: How Oregon Coast History Played Out in 1906
The wee hours of October 25 were wild and gnarly, and they were certainly chaotic if you were out to sea. Warrenton, Astoria, Washington, Seaside
Waves That Go the Wrong Direction: Weird Oregon / Washington Coast Science
The foam is heading outward, towards the sea, instead of towards land. Weather
Popular Yet Layered on Oregon Coast
Like a treasure hunt, there's more to your favorite spot than meets the eye: Warrenton, Pacific City, Depoe Bay
Officials: No Fireworks on Oregon Beaches; Washington Coast Rules, Concerns
All types are illegal on Oregon beaches, on the Washington coast there is a worry of plastic debris
Tourism In Manzanita In 1914 A Rugged But Enticing N. Oregon Coast Adventure
Manzanita and northern Tillamook County were just getting discovered and coming into their own. History
Unique But Subtle Lunar Eclipse on the 4th for Oregon, Washington Coast
It's called a penumbral lunar eclipse, meaning only the edge of the moon will get affected. Science, astronomy
Video: Two Fun and Weird Facts About Weather and the Sun on Oregon, Washingto...
What happens in fall on the beaches and what the sun does will surprise. Sciences
Romance of Night and Day at Nye Beach, Central Oregon Coast
Over 100 years ago, Newport's Nye Beach was known as the 'honeymoon capitol' of the world. History

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details