Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hiking Cascade Head Experimental Forest, Otis, Oregon (Pacific Coast Highway Roadtrip)

On Wednesday, we started the day off with a hike in the Cascade Head Experimental Forest.

Site: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/exforests/cascade-head/
Trail site: http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Cascade_Head_Hike
Address: Cascade Head Trail - South Trailhead., Otis, OR 97368

In particular, I chose to hike the Nature Conservancy Trail. In total, the hike is a mild 6.8 mile round-trip hike that takes you through forests, plains, and provides beautiful views of the ocean if weather permits. There is 1310 feet of elevation gain but nothing challenging if you're in shape.

The trailhead begins in the Knights Park parking lot, tops out with an overview of the Three Rocks coastline, and ends a mile down later. The trail is superbly maintained and meticulously marked.

The trail begins in the forests until after a few miles, you appear out into the hills. When we went, the entire coastline was obscured by fog and dimmed by the rainy weather.

Given that the fog obscured our view going up the trail, it came at no surprise that the top was the same if not worse.

Me and Ben took a short break, had a quick snack, and headed down. The trail actually continues about a mile or so further but we didn't think we would miss much proceeding after reaching the top viewpoint so we decided to return to the car.

On the way down, the fog slowly disappeared and we got a glimpse of what attracted me to the hike in the first place.

All in all, I feel the Nature Conservancy Trail is a nice hike and worth your time. Good for various levels of fitness and great views.
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