Bayocean Peninsula is a 7.5 mile loop trail located near Tillamook, OR that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
This hike on Tillamook Spit can take you all day - but you'll see lots of different habitat while you're there. Starting off at the parking lot, you'll pass through bulrush tidal flats. The bulrushes and other plants that grow here are incredibly productive, able to hold together a loose, sandy sediment with masses of roots. Look offshore in the bay for crab boats and other fishermen. As you head out onto the end of the spit, the scenery changes from the tidal flats and inner Tillamook Bay to a sandy, wave scoured point. Indeed, the jetty at the end of the spit keeps the sand from closing off the shipping channel during large storms. Heading back on the ocean side of the spit, you'll see the typical flat Pacific Northwest beach, able to take the huge waves of winter. Finally, after cutting back across the dunes to the road, you'll come back on the high side of the dike and find a freshwater pond, Cape Meares Lake. The area surrounding this pond is frequented by elk coming down from the hills to feast on tidal flat grasses.
It's a wonderful trail. you can walk it, run it, hike it or just sit and enjoy the view. this is a gem of a trail. Bay view on the east side and Sandy beach on the west side. we were able to catch a herd of elk that had walked down the beach and we feasting on the grass on the hilly section. a true treat and we'll worth the time. Gorgeous views all around.
It's a fun ride and the views are awesome.
Super easy to do. We took a large group(about 15 people) of differing skills on this trek and it was a glorious way to spend a saturday.
Easy!! Slow! And beautiful!