4000 Sunset Blvd, Seaside, OR
This is a professionally-guided hike sponsored by the Wolf College, and permissions have been secured from regulating agencies. The fee for this hike is $65 per adult, and $45 per accompanied youth, plus optional carpool contributions. $15 non-refundable deposits are required to reserve your space, with the balance due before we start the hike. The non-refundable deposit is designed to be high enough to cover our administrative expenses and make sure almost all the people who register do show up, but low enough for you to stomach in case you don't want to attend due to "bad" weather, illness, etc.
Let's hope to see some migrating Gray Whales on the Oregon Coast during this great Northwest Nature Hike in Elmer Feldenheimer State Natural Area and Ecola State Park with Kim & Chris Chisholm, specialists in survival, birding, wildlife tracking, wild edible and medicinal plants, and other outdoors skills they've gained from years as volunteers for King County Search & Rescue, as students of various schools and universities, as directors of the Wolf College since 1997.
Hike Focus: Please note that if it's too windy for safe hiking in the forest, we'll switch locations to start at the Ecola State Park parking area and stay closer to the beach and open areas. If it's foggy, we will focus the hike on edible and medicinal plants of the coast, tracks and other sign of animals big and small, plus geologic features useful for crafts like making stone knives, arrowheads and other crafts. However, if it's clear, we'll keep our eyes peeled for migrating Gray Whales and learn as much as we can about ocean ecology. If there are enough participants to separate into 2 groups, you can choose whether to hike at a more vigorous pace with Chris in an effort to reach the lighthouse with views to the south, or at a more leisurely pace with Kim and "live in the moment" not worrying about destination.
Hike Description: Read http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=136 and view http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=main.loadFile&load=_siteFiles/publications/35202_ecola-FINAL_LR033854.pdf
Difficulty Level: Easy & Moderate Sections. Should normally be able to walk 3 miles with a day pack.
Required Gear: The 10 Essentials are highly recomended on every hike, and especially rain gear along the coast, along with comfortable but good hiking boots, and a headlamp among the other items. Binoculars and cameras are encouraged, especially if we get a lucky glimpse of sea life such as migrating Gray Whales.
Rules: Registration form with liability waiver must be signed at start of hike. Dogs must be on leash at all times.
Stump the Chumps: Have you ever wondered about the identity of plants and trees while you've been hiking, let alone their gifts of food, medicine and other uses? Have you ever noticed all the scratch marks on the ground and trees and wondered if they were made by bear, cougar, squirrel or porcupine? Have you ever gotten lost and wished you could remember how to use map and compass to find your way? Do you want to ensure greater health, safety and success on the trail with skills of wilderness survival and seasoned backcountry guides? See if you can "stump the chump" by asking Chris & Kim all the questions you can think of during today's hike, and you might come away with what we hope will be one of the best hiking experiences of your life.
Additional Fees: The Oregon State Parks & Recreation Pass was not required as of 2013, so besides travel and acquiring your 10 essentials needed to be safe on any hike, there are no extra expenses associated with this hike unless you want to carpool from Sunrise Bagels near Beaverton OR, or from the Safeway Starbucks in Kelso WA, in which case please give $15 to drivers for mileage, as described below.
Directions & Carpooling Map: Either be at the North Tillamook Head Trail by 12:00 Noon located at end of Sunset Blvd in Seaside, or carpool leaving at 10 AM from the Safeway Starbucks, 411 Three Rivers Dr in Kelso WA: http://goo.gl/maps/olrRh, with $15 pp to drivers; or leaving at 10:30 AM from Sunrise Bagels, 10902 SW Barnes Rd near Beaverton OR: http://goo.gl/maps/UhcQG with $15 pp to drivers.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.