Hiking Oregon's Central Coast: Waterfalls, Rainforests and Beaches
Oregon has got it going on. Come see for yourself as you hike old-growth forests, learn about local ecosystems, explore coastal dunes and savor world-class wine and cuisine!
Program No. 4896RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The Oregon Coast abounds in spectacular scenery and diverse natural habitats, from mountains and rainforests to beaches and estuaries. Led by experienced interpreters, immerse yourself in a variety of ecosystems while hiking through a different beautiful landscape each day. Marvel at old-growth forests of towering spruce, hemlock, cedar and Douglas fir. Walk along a mountain creek next to cascading waterfalls, watch for herons and egrets in the estuary, climb a 100-foot dune and more.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Walking up to six miles, varied terrain, including rainforest trails, moderate hills, sand, elevation gains of 1,000 feet over a few miles.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Observe and study migratory birds, ospreys, eagles, otters and nutria from superior vantage points during a hike along Waxmyrtle Creek Trail.
  • Hike one of the most scenic trails in Oregon — Sweet Creek Trail — which follows a salmon stream through lush forest and past 13 breathtaking waterfalls.
  • Ride in a dune buggy across the sands of Oregon Dunes Recreation Area, home to the largest coastal dunes in the Western Hemisphere.
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T. McCracken
T. McCracken is a cartoonist, writer, historian and naturalist. Most of her writings are humorous articles, but she is also the author of the book, “Holy Rollers: Murder and Madness in Oregon's Love Cult.” One of the most extraordinary accomplishments in her life was hitchhiking from Cape Town, South Africa to Kisangani, Zaire, and from there taking a barge 1,500 miles down the Congo River to Kinshasa.
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