Open House #1 – Survey and Displays

NOTE: Links below (blue text) allow you to download materials and maps that were presented at the public meeting. It may be helpful to review these materials before taking the survey. (Updated 1/23/2019)

We have developed a short survey to help get a better understanding of Oregon Coast Trail use, interest, and concerns. Please take a few minutes to respond, and stay tuned here for a summary of what we learn.

Your feedback is important to us. Public comment is available via this site through January 31st. You may contact OPRD’s project manager, Robin Wilcox ( or 503-986-0743 any time with questions or concerns.

Thank you to those who were able to join us for one of our in-person open houses in Coos Bay (December 10th), Tillamook (December 11th), or Portland (December 13th). Your comments are being reviewed by the planning team. Stay tuned to this site for updates.

Welcome and Introduction

Purpose: To receive public input regarding the current condition of the Oregon Coast Trail, gaps in trail connectivity, and gaps in user experience; and to share information about next steps toward completion of the Oregon Coast Trial Action Plan.

Open House Goals

  • Learn about the history and current conditions of the Oregon Coast Trail
  • Share “gaps” that you’ve experienced along the Oregon Coast Trail
  • Locate “gaps” in Oregon Coast Trail safety and connectivity
  • Connect with Oregon State Parks to stay involved during the Oregon Coast Trail action planning process

Welcome + Sign-In

There were four stations at the in-person Open Houses:

  1. History + Background
  2. User Experience
  3. Safety + Connectivity
  4. Next Steps + Partners

History + Background

House Bill 3149 requires Oregon State Parks to develop an Action Plan for completing “gaps” in the Oregon Coast Trail (1971, planned as a hiking trail along Oregon’s coast). The Action Plan uses the Connection Strategy (2011) as the starting point for OCT “gaps”.

History + Background

User Experience

Over the past year, we have heard from several OCT hikers regarding “gaps” in their experience. These include things like missing signs, finding places to stay, getting information about the trail before they start hiking, knowing where to leave the beach, etc. The vision for completing the OCT is to allow hikers of all ages and abilities to experience a world class trail along Oregon’s coast. While folks travel from around the world to hike the OCT, it is also provides a valuable recreation asset to coast residents.

User Experience

Safety + Connectivity

The Connection Strategy defined “gaps” in the OCT as places where “a hiker has to use a transportation corridor not designed for people walking”. Beaches, natural surface trails, sidewalks, and existing roads are all part of the OCT. “Gaps” are at-best inconvenient and at-worst unsafe. Next year we will begin developing recommended improvements for all of the identified “gaps”. If you know of a “gap” that we have not identified on our maps, please let us know and we will add it to our list.

Safety + Connectivity: These boards identify what typical “gaps” in connectivity and safety look like along the OCT, identify “gap” locations, and provide an example of potential “gap” solutions. NOTE: Locations with a number (i.e., 1-1) come from the Connection Strategy, and locations with a number and a letter (i.e., 1-X) are newly identified between 2017-18.

Gap Atlas Descriptions (rev 1/23/2019): These maps provide longer descriptions about each “gap”. Each OCT section (1 through 10) is on one page. (Map

Next Steps + Partners

The Action Plan process will take approximately three years, and involves cooperation with federal, state, and local land managers as well as volunteer groups and trail users.

Next Steps

4 thoughts on “Open House #1 – Survey and Displays

  1. Kevin Vanginderen

    I live in Brookings and hike different sections of the coast trail daily. This includes the 30 most southerly miles of the route. While these trails have existed for decades they are usually very poorly maintained and mostly impassable for anyone with a backpack. I and my children have in the past few years had to clear them with weed wackers and saws to even be able to walk them at all as tree falls and overgrowth continually block them. It means nothing to have these trails if they are not maintained regularly and not abandoned by state park staff.


    1. OPRD Planning

      Thank you, Kevin, for the feedback and for working to keep the trails open in your area. Oregon Coast Visitors Association contributed funding for trail crews on the north coast, and is hoping to extend this partnership to the central and south coast in the coming year. The entire Oregon Coast Trail through Sam Boardman received a lot of attention from OPRD’s rangers this past summer, and we will have a crew focused on re-opening a section of Oregon Coast Trail through Humbug Mountain State Park later this spring. Maintenance (and finding funding for maintenance) is a major challenge, and as part of the Action Plan, we are required to develop a sustainable strategy for keeping the trails open and in good condition.


  2. newt79

    Tillamook Head trail portion of the OCT (actually entire section from Seaside to Manzanita) is in horrible shape. I was glad to see someone did some work on Tillamook Head a few years ago (old broken planks were removed and down trees were being cleared) but this past summer conditions worsened and homeless/druggies are taking over the north side of the trail. We heard rumors of a portable toilet going in to manage the human waste but nothing was done.
    Someone should really check the conditions on Cape Falcon as well. My family attempted to day hike it from Arch Cape and the salal was so thick you couldn’t see where to step.
    I agree with Mr. Vanginderen that these trails need not be abandoned by parks staff but unfortunately seems to be the case.


    1. OPRD Planning

      Thank you for your feedback regarding the trails at Tillamook Head and Cape Falcon. Trails in both of these areas were maintained by Youth Crews this summer. In addition, the funding from OCVA has led to additional trail work parties at Tillamook Head by Trailkeepers of Oregon. The Action Plan will also include a plan for maintenance and funding moving forward.


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