Start 2020 on the Right Foot, Hike Oregon's Coast on New Year's Day
By Ingrid Mueller
Published: 12/11/2019

Oregon State Parks offers ten guided hikes up and down the coast on New Year's Day.

If getting outdoors and exercise is one of your 2020 resolutions, try spending New Year's Day hiking on one of Oregon's many coastal trails. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recently announced ten First Day Hikes are planned for the coast on January 1. First Day Hikes is part of a nationwide initiative to encourage people to get outdoors and it's a great way to get your heart pumping while enjoying Oregon's dramatic coastal beauty.

All hikes will be guided by a park ranger or volunteer who will share stories about the park's history, geology, wildlife and plants. First Day Hikes are free and day-use parking fees will be waived at all participating parks on January 1. While registration isn't required for participation, visitors are encouraged to signup online to get the latest updated information. Your registration helps park staff plan the hike and your contact information provides a way to reach you, should hike details change.

Participating Oregon Coast parks and meeting areas are listed below. To register for First Day Hikes and read more complete descriptions of specific trails go to: Oregon State Park Store

Bullards Beach State Park:
A moderate 2-mile hike on Pearl's Trail, through a forested salt marsh wilderness comprised mostly of shore pines and out to an ocean viewpoint.

MEET AT:
The yurt meeting hall at 1pm.

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint:
This trek starts with an easy quarter-mile trail to the octopus tree that is accessible for all. From this point a longer hike continues on through the old growth Sitka spruce forest to the junction with Lighthouse Road, the Big Spruce trail and the Oregon Coast Trail.

MEET AT:
Noon in the Cape Meares parking lot.

Crissey Field State Recreation Site:
An easy one-mile trek on the Wetland Trail Loop. Learn about the mitigation process, sand dunes, local plants and animal life.

MEET AT:
Park in the day-use parking area and meet at the welcome center at 11am.

Fort Stevens State Park:
A moderate two-mile hike on Fire Control Hill trail. See remnants of the fort's historic past and pontoon boats in the middle of the forest.

MEET AT:
Battery Russell parking lot at 10am.

Humbug Mountain State Park:
Recent work to the trail offers visitors a spectacular view along the six-mile trail. This moderate hike is not suitable for children under 12.

MEET AT:
Humbug Mountain trailhead at 10am.

Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park:
This two-mile hike enjoys stunning views of Woahink Lake and beautiful coastal forests.

MEET AT:
The group camp parking lot at 10am.

Oswald West State Park:
A moderate five-mile hike enjoys spanning views from Tillamook Head to Cape Lookout. Trails can be very muddy and slippery.

MEET AT:
The Cape Falcon trailhead at 8am.

Seal Rock State Recreation Site:
Explore tidepools, the wrack line and rock formations.

MEET AT:
Seal Rock parking lot and beach access trail at 9:30am.

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park:
A three-mile hike around Lake Marie.

MEET AT:
Lake Marie day use area at 1pm.

William M. Tugman State Park:
A moderate six-mile hike through a mixed conifer forest along Eel Lake with multiple foot bridge crossings. Not suitable for children under 10 years.

MEET AT:
The Eel Lake boat ramp at 10am.
Start 2020 on the Right Foot, Hike Oregon's Coast on New Year's Day