#37 in the Coast Book, March 6, 2010; difficult – 8.1 miles round trip, 0 elevation gain.
Day two of our hiking weekend: Becky, Ben, Margaret, and the dogs Digby and Jackson.
Fresh from our hike from Ona Beach to Seal Rock, we undertook a longer hike; 4 miles on sand, 4.1 on pavement and trails. It was a gorgeous, bright day, even with the coastal wind, and we walked the entire length of the spit at Salishan. The parking spot for this journey is at Gleneden Beach, and it’s an easy hop down to the broad, inviting beach.
The pugs were still rookie beach hikers except for the day before, so we experimented with letting them off their leashes. They were mostly good, though Jackson almost followed a stranger home, and Digby was especially stubborn about sniffing out driftwood piles; there were a couple of places where I had to leash him when he forgot his name.
The midway point for this hike was the northern tip of the spit. We ate lunch while watching the kids play on the crowded beach across the inlet near Mo’s and the Inn at Spanish Head. Despite the residential neighborhood along the inside edge of the spit, we were mostly alone for the first part of this hike, and our picnic was no different; solitude among the twisted driftwood.
Of course, at the pinnacle of our longest hike yet, we had to grab a score for the record. We told the dogs to smile, but they weren’t very interested.
We elected to return along Salishan Drive, took the path that cuts through the Salishan golf course, grabbed a snack at the shops, and continued down Gleneden Beach Loop to the parking lot.
Notes: Open year-round, fine for dogs and kids with stamina. Technically, you can only turn the hike into a loop using Salishan Drive if you are an owner or guest at Salishan, so we are not advocating that route here. The book mentions harbor seals and great bird watching opportunities, but we found neither. Walking on sand is not easy, but we quickly learned that it was easy enough to skirt the edge of the tide in favor of the harder packed sand.