#41 in the Coast Book, March 5, 2010; Moderate – 4.2 miles round trip, 100 feet elevation gain.
This was day one of a hiking weekend at the coast. Along this time are Becky, Ben, Margaret, and the dogs Digby and Jackson.
We parked at Ona Beach State Park, and followed the wide, paved trail down to the beach. You’ve probably noticed this before, but sand is a difficult surface to walk on, and when you’re hiking this can be a serious problem. You not only expend more effort to walk, but it makes you sore in different muscles than other surfaces. As it turns out, we had no problem finding patches of wet sand to walk on.
At this point, we had only had Jackson for a few days, and we had never hiked with both pugs before, so we expected some challenges. Digby decided he didn’t like to get his feet wet, and since he and Jackson were on a leash extension that kept them pretty close together, we had to take pains to get them through the streams and tide pools.
We scrabbled up a twisting, steep path just north of Seal Rock (again with the carrying of the pugs), and picnicked at the viewpoint.
Here begins the adventure portion of this outing. We hadn’t consulted a tide table before we embarked, and now about half of our trail was now under water. We made the return journey on the shoulder of Highway 101, trying to keep the (and I write this with utmost sincerity and affection) idiot dogs away from the traffic.
We (and they) survived the ordeal, made it back to the car, and headed to our hotel in Newport. We had to rest up for the next big hike in the morning.
Notes: Consult a tide chart, we had some iffy moments where we nearly got wet and the return trip was impassable. Dogs and kids alike would enjoy this hike. Open year-round.