Lower Nehalem Community Trust Hosts Earth Day Hike

Experience the connection between land and sea during the upcoming Earth Day Hike to Devil’s Cauldron and Short Sands Beach in Oswald West State Park on April 24. This FREE guided hike is part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures. Hosted by a consortium of volunteer community and non-profit organizations, these meaningful nature based experiences highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to preserve and conserve the area’s natural resources and natural resource-based economy. This Explore Nature hike is offered in partnership with the North County Recreation District’s Earth Day Eco Fair event held April 22-23 at 36155 9th St., Nehalem.

Experience the connection between land and sea firsthand during an easy short hike to the amazing Devil’s Cauldron in Oswald West State Park. Devil’s Cauldron is an easy, short (0.25 miles) hike open to all ages. The hike will be led by Chrissy Smith of Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and Dale Cramer Burr of Lower Nehalem Community Trust. Experience the unique story of our coastline, from natural history to ongoing land and ocean conservation activities, including the new Cape Falcon Marine Reserve.

If you’re up for more, continue on Elk Flats Trail for a 3-mile moderate to difficult hike to Short Sands Beach. The Elk Flats Trail, which leads hikers through stunning old growth trees is steep in some sections and can be muddy this time of year; be prepared to scamper over sizable fallen trees.

Event Information: This event is FREE and open to the public. There are no bathrooms or drinking water facilities on this hike. Please bring water and snacks. Weather on the Oregon Coast is unpredictable and trails can be slick and muddy. Please be prepared and bring appropriate gear and clothing.
Date & Time: Hike is scheduled for April 24th, 2016 at 1pm. Expect to spend ~1.5 hrs on the Devil’s Cauldron Hike and an additional 2 hours to continue on to Short Sands beach via the Elk Flats Trail.
Difficulty: Easy (Devil’s Cauldron, 0.25 miles) to Moderate/Difficult (Elk Flats Trail, 3 miles)
Location: Meet at Neahkahnie Mountain NORTH Trailhead parking area located on the west side of HWY 101, just north of milepost 40 and 1 miles south of Short Sands Beach in Oswald West State Park. Parking is limited – please carpool when possible.
Registration: Encouraged but not required!

Dan Haag
Born and raised in the great white north of Minnesota, Dan Haag felt the pull of the north Oregon Coast in the early 90s. Finding that rain never needed to be shoveled, he married an Oregon girl and settled in Manzanita, where he works as director of the Manzanita Visitors Center. He is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of state and national publications. He spends his free time wandering the area’s many trails, supporting the Oregon wine and beer industry, perusing coastal bookstores, and chasing his black Labrador, Lilo, along the beach.