Hike Distance: 8.5 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1053.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 229 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 110916 feet
At the last moment we decided to hike this Bayocean Peninsula loop, and it was a great decision! This is perhaps the last time we will flee to the coast to avoid the high temperatures and smog in the Portland/Vancouver area.
The parking area is at the end of a long dike, and there is plenty of space for vehicles. Thankfully, not many people were there on this day. We started out by heading west on the trail, over the dune area, and onto the beach. There was plenty of fog but the views of the ocean and peninsula were still nice.
We headed north along the coast until we reached the jetty, and saw only a half dozen people along the way. We rested along the boulders on the jetty and had a snack. Unfortunately, the jetty isn’t hike-able as it is only composed of large boulders, and no crushed rock surface, like on forest roads.
We then took a poorly marked sandy trail east and ended up on a crushed gravel road. The crushed gravel road took us all the way back to the trailhead. Along the way there are great views of Tillamook Bay. Unfortunately, there was a large clear-cut opposite our trail, on the north side, that was an eyesore. There were several trails, we could have taken, to cut across the peninsula to the beach, but we didn’t on this hike. It was along this section of the trail that we saw the most people, towards the end of the hike. There is also a nice forested area along this stretch.
Another observation about this trail is that the non-indigenous plant, Scotch Broom, has taken over this peninsula! 😦 It’s quite the eyesore and is crowding out the indigenous plants. Quite a shame to see this, and I suspect it would cost a fortune to remove it at this point.
A very nice hike that we’ll come back to, to complete the other trails, at a future time. When we got to Portland the sun was setting and the sky an eerie orange color!