#39 in the Coast Book, March 28, 2010; Easy – 2.4 miles round trip, 300 feet elevation gain.
Our second hiking weekend at the coast turned cold and rainy. Along this time are Becky, Ben, Margaret, and the dogs Digby and Jackson.
As is often the case on the Oregon coast, our lovely Saturday was no guarantee that Sunday would be the same. We awoke to a dreary, cold, rainy day, though as tool-using primates we were prepared, and undeterred.
We drove out to Yaquina Head interpretive center, and after finding parking, our first stop was down to the tidepools. It being high tide, they were not even visible, but the ocean was vast and powerful and scenic. Second stop was the lighthouse (Oregon’s tallest). We had the dogs, so we couldn’t seek refuge inside.
The Salal Hill trail was inexplicably closed (wind maybe?), but we were determined to not have our morning’s adventures cut short. The trail up to Communications Hill looked like a good alternate, so we backtracked on the path we followed in, and took the upwards turn. After cresting the hill, which offers a fabulous view of the lighthouse and the cape. On our way back to the car, we were nearly bowled over by the wind:
I think this picture of Becky and the dogs comes the closest to capturing the general tenor of the day.
We decided some warm-up food was in order, so we took afternoon tea at The Tea Room, where the proprietors were gracious and knowledgable and didn’t mind that we were soaked through. It was so delicious we didn’t look up until it was all gone, so all I have is a snapshot of our remnants.
Notes: Great for kids, bird watching and tidepooling (weather permitting, of course.) Open year-round, but the lighthouse inner tours have set times and days.