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Oregon Coast Trail: Closing the Gaps

We’re planning the future of the Oregon Coast Trail, the iconic hiking route that stretches along the entire 362-mile coastline. It traverses sandy beaches, forested trails, stunning headlands and 28 coastal towns. But some sections are disconnected, inconvenient, unsafe or inaccessible during certain seasons.

We’re taking action to close the gaps

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Association of Oregon Counties/County Solutions, Oregon Solutions, and the Oregon Coast Visitors Association with support from local governments and trail advocates are working together to identify steps to close these gaps. By the end of 2020, we will have an Action Plan that identifies every gap along the trail, and a corresponding near- and long-term solution.

We are currently wrapping up the first phase, called Assessment and Scoping. This phase is focused on collecting information about the types of gaps along the trail that limit passage, make passage unsafe, or negatively affect the hiking experience. We also defined potential standards and design guidelines that all trails, beach access points, and pathways will need to meet. 

The next phase, Segment Alignment Alternatives, analyzes each gap and explores solutions. Gap workgroups will hold several work sessions to develop alternative solutions for each gap, and those potential solutions will be approved by the statewide working group. We will also establish criteria to help prioritize projects. We will share results at a series of public meetings in the fall of 2019.

The final phase, Final Recommendations, will culminate at the end of 2020 with an Oregon Coast Trail Action Plan, our blueprint for how to move forward closing the gaps.

Public meetings

Public meetings were held in December 2018 in Coos Bay, Tillamook and Portland. If you could not attend, all of the information is available on the project website, oregoncoasttrailplanning.com.

The next round of public meetings will be scheduled for fall 2019.

Stay updated

View project documents and sign up for email updates at oregoncoasttrailplanning.com

Contact us

Robin Wilcox, Senior Parks and Trails Planner
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
725 Summer St NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301