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hiking Boardman Park, Oregon

Posted May 31 2010 12:00am

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

Astonishingly, Oregon has kept it’s coastline mostly undeveloped.

… 1967′s Oregon Beach Bill allows free beach access to everyone. This Bill allows private beach landowners to retain certain beach land rights, but it removes the property tax obligation of the beach landowner. In exchange, the beach landowner grants an easement passage to pedestrians. …

But where’s the best place to hike that pristine coast?

hiking Boardman State Park, Oregon

For some reason the authors of Lonely Planet HIking USA directed me to Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor , close to the California border:

Dramatic sea-stacks, arches and offshore islands seen on this short, down-and-back day hike … are one of Oregon’s best kept secrets …

5.4mi (8.87km)

I drove to the Arch Rock trailhead, locking up my mountain bike to a railing. …


larger map (PDF)

… Then drove to the Natural Bridges trailhead to start the hike.

It is gorgeous. Here are a couple of the many “natural bridges”.

Natural Bridges Cove - Boardman State Park, Oregon

hiking Boardman State Park, Oregon

This “hike” is a series of steeply dropping trails that then backtrack up to the highway. You might drop down to see a secluded beach …

hiking Boardman State Park, Oregon

… or a minor waterfall.

waterfall - Boardman State Park, Oregon

The lush vegetation I liked.

hiking Boardman State Park, Oregon

But the trail itself sometimes returns all the way to paved highway! Dislike.

hiking Boardman State Park, Oregon

I’d not call this a best hike. For once Lonely Planet gets it wrong.

The strategy for Boardman is to drive (or cycle) to each trailhead in series. Then hike down and back each.

I’m still looking for the best long section of the mythical Oregon Coast Trail . Leave a comment if you have advice.

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