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Spitting distance: 5 miles

Published on August 8, 2017 2:19PM

The Friends of Netarts Bay are offering a free guided hike along Bay Ocean Spit near Tillamook on Wednesday, Aug. 16, giving walkers the chance to learn about coastal ecology as well as the history of a lost town.

The excursion will visit the site of Bayocean Park, the ill-fated resort community established with high hopes in 1911, but lost to erosion by the 1950s.

This roughly five-mile journey is an easy-to-moderate walk that winds through dunes at the intersection of the ocean and Tillamook Bay. Walkers should expect to navigate through puddles and mud, scamper up sand banks and navigate around storm-washed trees.

This guided hike will also highlight the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, and give updates ion efforts to close gaps along the Oregon Coast Trail.

Led by Chrissy Smith of Friends of Netarts Bay, Kristen Penner of Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Initiative and Connie Soper, author of “Exploring the Oregon Coast Trail,” the excursion is part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures.

The excursion will run from 1 to 4 pm, setting out from Bay Ocean Peninsula Recreation Area near Cape Meares, eight miles east of Tillamook.

Registration is required. Go to EventBrite.com and search for “Hike Bay Ocean Spit.”

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