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Re: [camping-162] takenich?

From: Patrick
Sent on: Monday, February 23, 2009 5:44 PM
Tahkenitch Creek is a very nice hiking trail.  It's pretty easy--well-maintained with a few ups-and-downs and only a few spots of loose sand.  One of the things I like about it is that it does have a lot of variety--great views of dunes, many long stretches of forest and, of course, many opportunities to view Tahkenitch creek.  There's an opportunity to circle back to the parking lot if you want a shorter hike (it's still substantial--forty-five minutes or so), and there's also a much longer hike if you decide to go on past the campground.  In fact, the trail system is such that you could easily spend the better part of a day exploring it.
The campground also has a good trail leading out of it, but it's been years since I've been there.
If your intent is to get to the beach, you'll need to be prepared for quite a long hike, some of which is through loose sand and over dunes.  I've never actually made it to the beach from Tahkenich trail, so I'm not entirely sure what's involved.  For a lot of the way, the creek itself is between the trail and the beach, so just "cutting over" is out of the question.
It looks like other folks have posted directions.  Were you planning on meeting up at Tahkenitch Campground or Tahkenitch Creek Trail?  I'd recommend Tahkenitch Creek Trail, simply because it's my favorite of the two (they do ultimately connect to each other).  There's almost always plenty of parking and primitive-ish toilets (no running water).  I believe both the creek trail and campground trails are part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, and a fee is required to park unless you have a pass (usually $5). 

--- On Mon, 2/23/09, mark <[address removed]> wrote:
From: mark <[address removed]>
Subject: [camping-162] takenich?
To: [address removed]
Date: Monday, February 23, 2009, 9:08 AM

I'd like to change this weekend's hike to the coast. I'm looking for takenich trail info but i can't find anything. I think i have the name misspelled. does anyone know about this trail that is dunes and beech and woods?

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