Corvallis to the Coast is a 59 mile point-to-point trail located near Corvallis, Oregon and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
66 mile hike from Corvallis to Newport on back roads, log roads and single track ... then gravel. At major "T" go right on 1000 Line Rd (NF-31). At next major "T" also go right on 1000 Line Rd. At mile 48, just as you start heading down hill look for an over grown on your left heading back the way you came. This is Sunnyridge Rd (NF-50 & NF-5081) at mile 51.5 take a right and follow down to Wright Creek Rd and go left. As you go under the power lines stay to the right (you'll go under them twice) then up a short climb. At abt mile 55.5 take a right onto old trail (the right road will have a deep trench cut across it to stop cars). This old log road comes out on a hill top by an old shed. Down road thru gate to junction, then to the other gate at your 10:00. As you come down hill take dirt road under the power line and continue straight (m. 57). Follow to mile 58.5 and look for single track on your left follow to road. Go left thru maze of log roads, don't branch off thru gate down to 35th SE, go left follow to the ocean and Newport. Whew!
How about horses, has anyone done the trip on horse back? Thinking about it strongly. Any advice?
Gary Chapman, thank you for your guidance and great detail!
My 13 year old son and I hiked this route earlier this year (March-May). We followed your advice and turned off to Ona Beach.
It took us 10 trips and added up to about 100 miles but that's because we like to explore the offshoots and double-backed on few legs of the trip. One leg right before Harlan (going West) turned out to be impassable. Part of the road is completely gone. We pressed on only because our "sag wagon" was 7 miles west of us and there was no way to change a pickup point. :-)
This was also an epic trip for us because we figured out the "recycling thing". We always seem to come loaded with litter from our hikes. This time around, we turned cans and bottles into money. Who knew?!
Sad stats: we made about $1/mile.
Good stats: most drivers stop and ask if they can help. We got several people lightning our load along the way.
Hope: it's a long shot, but I hope more people change their mind about throwing stuff out of their cars. It's not the inmates who pick it up. It's most often kids and few enthusiastic adults.
It was an amazing adventure all throughout!
I've hiked and ridden much of this route over the years and some of it is included in the Corvallis-to-the-Sea (C2C) Trail Partnership's proposal to the Siuslaw National Forest in 2010. We (the Partnership) are still working with them to get the C2C Trail built. I also recommend the Big Elk Campground about 1/4 mile west of the Grant Creek Rd. junction. The old road that links Shotpouch Rd with Harlan Rd will be severely decommissioned next year and our group is working on laying out a trail around that decom work and can always use help. The last several miles near the coast you describe crosses lots of private lands, so beware. To avoid that, I suggest you turn west down North Beaver Creek Road to Ona Beach State Park and the Beaver Creek Natural Area. Happy Trails..