Camping & Trail Riding along the Oregon Coast 7/15/17 - 7/22/17Posted by Adventure 16 | 08.04.2017
By Jay Golien, A16 Graphic Designer
This was my first time exploring the Oregon Coast, what a wild & wooly place! I camped in four State Parks during my trip, all of them along the southern half of the coast.
1) Humbug Mountain SP: Located at the base of Humbug Mountain, (elev. 1,756) and a short distance from the coast. Tent sites = $17. It has a 3 mile trail to the summit of Humbug Mt. as well as a 2.5 mile coastal hike/bike trail.
Visited Cape Blanco SP for day use. Great vista point at Cape Blanca Light house. Wide open sandy beach with huge driftwood piled everywhere at the high tide storm line.
2) William M. Tugman SP: Located less than a mile from Oregon Dunes Rec. Area. Sites have electric & water = $24. Lake Eel is available for swimming, fishing & kayaking. A 3-mile hike/ bike trail wraps around the lake.
Visited Oregon Dunes Rec. Area for day use. Think Pismo Beach dunes x 10!
3) Sunset Bay SP: Located a short distance from Shore Acres and Cape Arago State Parks. Tent sites = $19. Multiple hike/bike trails connect Sunset Bay SP to Shore Acres SP and Cape Arago SP. The most scenic area on my trip, views of Simpson Reef with its Seals & Sea Lions from the rugged cliffs and headlands.
4) Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial SP: 3 miles south of the city of Florence and miles of sand dunes between the park and the ocean. Honeyman is the second largest Oregon state park campground with 350 campsites. Tent sites = $21. Multiple hike/bike trails from the park to Cleawox Lake and Woahink Lake. Canoe rental is also available at Woahink Lake.
BEST THINGS ABOUT THIS DESTINATION:
It was magical, my 1st time exploring the Oregon Coast! All of the beauty of Big Sur with cheap camping in the Oregon State Parks.
Every day there was a new place to explore. Biking the trails was challenging & exciting. Also a bit dodgy because I was riding alone and wondering were the bears were.
FAVORITE PIECE OF GEAR:
I replaced my 10 year old Specialized Rockhopper Mt. Bike with a DiamondBack Overdrive 27.5 Mt. Bike. It’s nice to have a bike that works properly and owns the trail like a BOSS.
OP Ripcord Hydration Pack: Kept me going on the trail with room to carry a few items. Wish I had carried Bear spray to ease my mind. HEY BEAR!
OP Commuter Java Press: Has a sliding inner mug instead of the plunger rod from classic French Press. No coffee grinds in my coffee = a happy camper.