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Hiking Oregon's Northern Coast and Beaches

Program Number: 2165RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/29/2013 - 10/4/2013; 4/26/2015 - 5/1/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Rockaway, Oregon
Price starting at: $725.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt    

Hike the beautiful northern Oregon coast and enjoy the spectacular vistas of the Haystack Rocks and the Needles jutting from the ocean. Trailside discussions introduce regional history, geology, birds and plants. Discover old-growth Sitka spruce forests and view Tillamook Head Lighthouse Island, and walk the beaches along Oregon’s majestic coast.




Highlights

• Consider the adventures of Lewis and Clark as you take an excursion to Fort Clatsop, where the explorers spent the rainy winter of 1806.
• View the 1906 Peter Iredale shipwreck, one of the most famous wrecks in the Graveyard of the Pacific.
• Visit the Cape Meare Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge and take in the sight of the impressive Octopus Tree, a massive Sitka spruce.



Activity Particulars

Daily hikes of 3-6 miles, less than 600 feet gain/loss on any hike. Terrain varies from maintained trails to sandy beaches.



Coordinated by NW Discoveries.




Rockaway

The northern Oregon coast provides beautiful vistas of the rugged coastline, sandy beaches and old-growth forests. This small town between Tillamook and Nehalem bays attracts birders, hikers and kayakers looking for adventure and solitude.



Accommodations
Retreat center nestled in a giant Sitka forest within walking distance of the beach. Comfortable rooms with private baths. Alcohol-free facility.
Meals and Lodgings
   Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center
  Rockaway, OR 5 nights
 Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Beautiful conference center nestled in an old growth Sitka Spruce forest. Healthy and delicious meals. Walks through old growth Sitka Spruce and Western Red Cedars and beach walks await your exploration outside of your door.
  Contact info: P.O. Box 6
Rockaway, OR 97136 USA
phone: 503-355-2284
web: www.twinrocks.org
  Room amenities: Linens and towels provided with mid-week exchange available. No TV, radio or phones in rooms.
  Facility amenities: Meeting room with hot drinks available. We stay in the Pacific Woods Lodge-rooms have double bed and twin bunk bed which enters into hallway leading to meeting room. From Pacific Woods Lodge it is approx 100 yard walk to dining facilities. Alcohol is not allowed in public areas.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Check in time: 4:30 PM
  Check out time: 8:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at 4:30 PM. Welcome in meeting room at 5:30 PM. You will be staying at Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at 8:00 am. You will be staying at Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Participants will need to sign and return a liability release form that is included in pre-trip information mailed to participants.
  Parking availability:
Free parking is available on a outside gravel/dirt parking lot
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rockaway, OR
  Nearest city or town:  Rockaway
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  Portland
  From End of Program
  Location: Rockaway, OR
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Twin Rocks Retreat Center

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Road Scholar provider
phone: 503-524-9192
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.0 hours 

 

Distance:

 

100 miles

   

This is a one time shuttle offered by our contractor, NW Discoveries. On Sunday, the drivers' cell phone (503) 524-9192. Pickup: Sunday, program start date, 2:00 pm at Portland Airport; (flight should arrive by 1:30 PM or earlier) Meet on sidewalk, ground-lower level, outside of baggage claim underneath “Alaska/Horizon” sign. Our 15 passenger van will arrive at 2:00 pm due to parking restrictions. Last day of program, shuttle returns to airport at 10:00 am. Allow 90 minutes to check in.

 
Driving Directions
  Directions for GPS We recommend you put the lodging address into your GPS or vehicle navigation system or use the internet mapping websites: (ensure the mapping directions are similar to our provided instructions) http://maps.google.com/ then click on Get directions, then input your starting destination and ending destination = (lodging address provided). or www.mapquest.com; then click on Get Directions, then input your starting destination and ending destination = (lodging address provided). Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center 18705 Hwy 101 N, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136 Phone: (503) 355-2284 www.twinrocks.org You can also visit the lodging website or call the lodging for additional directions.
  From Portland, OR Twin Rocks Retreat Center, 1 mile south of town of Rockaway on Highway 101 at covered pedestrian bridge overpass between cities of Tillamook and Cannon Beach. From Portland, OR take highway 26 east (for ~16 miles), then left on Highway 6 (for ~ 58 miles) toward Tillamook to Highway 101 north (for ~ 14 miles) to Twin Rocks Retreat Center, Turn right into Twin Rocks Retreat Center and stop at office on bottom floor of circular drive as you enter site for directions to lodge.
Equipment Requirements: Need to bring: comfortable hiking shoes, rain gear, day pack/fanny pack, recommended: pants with zipoff legs
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Relax from your busy life in our peaceful lodge nestled amongst giant old growth trees. Meet new friends and learn about the week ahead.
(Sunday, September 29)
   
 Arrive To: 4:30-5:30 pm check-in.
 Afternoon: 5:30 PM Group socializing activities - Meet your fellow Road Scholars.
 Dinner: 6:15 pm dinner at Twin Rocks dining room.
 Evening: Program orientation and preparation for the week ahead until 9:00 PM.
   
Accommodations: Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Enjoy hiking the beaches and trails around our lodge.
(Monday, September 30)

Note: The beach at Twin Rocks is soft to hard packed sand. The trails around the lodge vary from packed gravel to dirt with some muddy patches and exposed tree roots.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 am. Lunch materials are laid out for assembly of lunch.
 Morning: Hike the beach with views of Twin Rocks. ~2 miles, 0 no elevation gain.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Hike the trails around the lodge through Old growth Sitka Spruce and Cedar forest. ~3 miles, 800 ft. elevation gain.
 Dinner: 6:15 pm dinner at Twin Rocks dining room.
 Evening: Evening presentation on local environmental issues or history. Presentation and discussion will end by 9:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hike along the hard packed sandy beach beneath dramatic cliffs. Enjoy views looking along the rugged Oregon coastline. Visit the quaint town of Cannon Beach.
(Tuesday, October 1)

Note: The Hug point hike is on a hard packed sandy beach. You can shorten this hike by riding in the van that parallels the beach whenever you get tired. Optional Ecola to Indian Beach hike, 1.5 miles 400 ft. elevation gain, on path along side of mountain with some muddy spots. Optional add on to Tillamook Head, 3.9 mile RT with 900 ft. elevation gain, on nice trail with a few muddy spots and along fire road.



   
 Breakfast: 7:30 am breakfast in Twin Rocks dining room. Lunch materials laid out for assembly of lunch.
 Morning: Walk the beach along dramatic cliffs and Haystack rocks and listen to the crashing waves.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Hike Ecola State Park with beautiful vistas along the coast and follow a portion of the Lewis and Clark trail. Visit some of Cannon Beach's art galleries and other quaint shops.
 Dinner: 6:15 pm dinner at Twin Rocks dining room
 Evening: Evening presentation on local environmental issues or history. Program will end by 9:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hike past the Peter Iredale shipwreck on our way to Fort Stevens, the only continental U.S. fort bombed by the Japanese. Visit historic fort Clatsop, the home of Lewis and Clark during the winter of 1805-'06. Enjoy dinner in the town of Seaside.
(Wednesday, October 2)

Note: Hike from Peter Iredale shipwreck to Fort Stevens museum on hard packed sand and paved paths. Fort Clatsop hike on board walk from Netul landing to visitor center.



   
 Breakfast: 7:30 am breakfast in Twin Rocks dining room. Lunch materials laid out for assembly of lunch.
 Morning: Hike at Fort Stevens along the beaches and through the forests to the World War II fortifications. See the remains of the Peter Iredale, a 1906 shipwreck. 3.8 miles one way with shuttle; minimal elev. gain.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Visit Fort Clatsop, the 1805/06 winter encampment of Lewis and Clark. 1.5 miles with minimal elevation gain.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own at local eatery in charming coastal trown of Seaside.
 Evening: No evening program as we drive back from Seaside to the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Hike out to the point of Cape Lookout, jutting several miles into the Pacific ocean for outstanding views of the coastline. Visit Cape Meares lighthouse and the Octopus tree. Enjoy ice cream at the Tillamook cheese factory.
(Thursday, October 3)

Note: Cape Lookout trail is a nice path with a few muddy spots and some exposed tree roots.



   
 Breakfast: 7:30 am breakfast in Twin Rocks dining room. Lunch materials laid out for assembly of lunches.
 Morning: Start hiking Cape Lookout trail beneath massive Sitka Spruce laden with moss and huge primeval ferns. Dramatic viewpoints await at every corner. 5.2 miles, 400 ft. elevation gain.
 Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.
 Afternoon: Visit Cape Meares' 1890's era lighthouse and the Octopus tree. The surrounding rocks and stacks are a significant seabird nesting area that attracts eagles and falcons. 1.2 miles, 100 ft. elevation gain.
 Dinner: 6:15 PM dinner at Twin Rocks Dining Room.
 Evening: Share stories, photos and experiences from the week during a closing program that ends by 9:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Memories of beautiful scenery and new friends.
(Friday, October 4)

Note: No activity scheduled as people pack up for their departure after breakfast.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at 7:30 AM.
 Morning: Program ends at 8:00 AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Rockaway, OR Twin Rocks
Minimal free time scheduled except for rests and relaxing.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon


Author: William Sullivan


Description: Good description of hikes we will be hiking.



A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest


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In Search of Ancient Oregon


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Myths and Legends of the Pacific Northwest


Author: Katharine Berry Judson


Description: Presented here with 52 photographs, these traditional stories, first collected in 1910, reveal myths and traditions of creation, the salmon and noted geographical features of the territory.



National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest


Author: Peter Alden


Description: Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest belongs in the home of every Pacific Northwest resident and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor. This compact volume contains: An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the region's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, butterflies, mammals, and much more; A complete overview of the Pacific Northwest's natural history, covering geology, wildlife habitats, ecology, fossils, rocks and minerals, clouds and weather patterns and night sky; An extensive sampling of the area's best parks, preserves, beaches, forests, islands, and wildlife sanctuaries, with detailed descriptions and visitor information for 50 sites and notes on dozens of others. The guide is packed with visual information -- the 1,500 full-color images include more than 1,300 photographs, 14 maps, and 16 night-sky charts, as well as 150 drawings explaining everything from geological processes to the basic features of different plants and animals.



Northwest Exposures-A Geologic Story of the Northwest


Author: David Alt and Donald W. Hyndman


Description: Northwest Exposures chronicles the events that shaped the region's rock and landforms through the ages. The tale of the Northwest's geology began more than two billion years ago when an ancient continent split, creating oceanfront property in what is now western Idaho. Pacific islands mashed into that coastline, making large parts of Washington and Oregon. These events were followed by monstrous volcanic eruptions, catastrophic ice age floods, and mountains rising to an accompaniment of earthquakes.



Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast-Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska


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The Journals of Lewis and Clark


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Trask


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