Action plan underway to reconnect gaps along the Oregon Coast Trail
The Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) stretches along the entire 362-mile coastline-- from Washington to California. There are some gaps along the way-- disconnected sections of trail that pose safety concerns for hikers. Now, the public is asked to provide feedback on plans to reconnect the OCT.
About half of the Oregon Coast Trail is along sandy beaches. There are overland sections across headlands, forests, rivers and even through some coastal towns.
Dianne Navarrete with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said about ten percent of the OCT has gaps.
“People have to either walk along Highway 101 in unsafe conditions,” she said. “Or there’s just a gap– and you can not get from point A to point B– and you have to find an alternative route before you can continue on your hike.”
Parks and Rec is creating an Action Plan for reconnecting the trail and improving access for day and thru-hikers. Public comments are being gathering through an online open house on the OCT website
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is leading the planning effort to make the OCT continuous from border to border. They will work in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) and Oregon Solutions.
The Action Plan will identify gaps in the hiking experience and determine actions and funding needed to improve and maintain the trail over time.
Navarrete said they hope to have a suite of possible solutions to present by this spring and a draft Action Plan by summer, 2022. She anticipates repairs and improvements will take years.
FOR MORE WAYS TO LEARN ABOUT THE OCT ACTION PLAN AND GIVE FEEDBACK:
Visit the online OPEN HOUSE at bit.ly/OCTOpenHouse1 any time now through Feb. 11 to view a presentation of the project and provide feedback.