The Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) starts at the mouth of the Columbia River and spans the Oregon coastline to California, covering 382 miles and crossing 28 coastal towns, including the City of Manzanita.
The trail follows the beach for the most part and also crosses state parks and public lands. There are portions of the trail – gaps – that force hikers to walk along the narrow shoulder of US Highway 101. One such gap occurs between the south Neahkahnie Trailhead and Manzanita where hikers follow Highway 101 to Nehalem Road.
With the new acquisition of the Headwaters property, the Lower Nehalem Trust will provide access for new sections of the Oregon Coast Trail, parts of an addition – the Neahkahnie-Manzanita Trail – that will take hikers off Highway 101, making things safer and more enjoyable. Shane Sjogren and LNCT volunteers joined Trail Keeper of Oregon (TKO) recently to work on the addition. Work continues with TKO hosting Trail Parties through July. If you are interested in joining in the fun and work on the trail, sign up to volunteer for ant of the dates listed below.