It’s impossible to ignore the connection between land and sea when looking out from the summit of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain near Manzanita — a fact that makes it the perfect site for the World Oceans Day Hike this Friday, June 8.
Organized by the Lower Nehalem Watershed Council and Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, this free guided hike is part of the Explore Nature Tillamook Coast series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures.
The climb to the summit offers stunning views of the Nehalem River valley, Nehalem Bay and watershed, Oswald West State Park and the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. The five-mile round-trip hike will highlight the interconnection of the marine and terrestrial environment along the North Coast and the vital work being done to protect these areas.
Upon reaching the top, hikers will get to celebrate with a sparkling cider toast.
The hike will begin at 4:30 pm and walkers should expect to spend three to three and a half hours on the trail. The group will meet at the south trailhead parking area, located on the east side of Highway 101, two miles south of Short Sands Beach in Oswald West State Park. Parking is limited and walkers should carpool when possible.
The hike is free of charge but a tax-exempt donation of $10 is suggested. Registration is required. To register, go to www.explorenaturetillamookcoast.com or go to www.eventbrite.com and search for “World Oceans Day Hike” in Nehalem.