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Top Five Hikes to Big Trees

Theses trails will lead you into some of the coast’s most spectacular old-growth forests. There’s a reason we’re drawn to big cedars, spruces, and other tall trees, and it’s not just historical interest. Yes, those few ancient cedars still extant on the Oregon Coast are museum-worthy—the last examples of the […]

A visitor views the remains of the massive keel ribs of the 1924 shipwreck Acme on the beach near Bandon Dunes Golf Resort;
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Bandon Dunes Hiking Trails

Story and Photos by Tom Baake Of the many intriguing hiking trails on the Oregon Coast, perhaps only one involves a visit to a full-scale labyrinth and a shipwreck—all within sight of a world-class golf course. Such are the possibilities on the half-dozen miles of hiking trails at Bandon Dunes […]

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Coos Bay Castaways

Story by Michael Shay In 1852, a schooner went off course and wrecked on Coos Bay’s North Spit. The survivors set up temporary shelter now known as Camp Castaway. “The vessel sprung a leak soon after we sailed from Benecia, California . . . and twelve men were detailed to […]

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Undersea Riches

Story by Emily Kolkemo A wonderland of flora and fauna lies beneath the waves of the coast’s five marine reserves—making them treasure troves for conservation and scientific research. I ease myself down a steep cliff dotted with purple lupine and stumble across a cobble beach to the eastern edge of […]

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Whalen Island Adventures

Looking for tranquility and unspoiled natural beauty? Try Whalen Island, a diverse ecosystem lying between Cape Kiwanda and Cape Lookout on the North Coast. Technically a peninsula extending into the Sand Lake estuary, this wedge of land is an island only when the highest tides flood the salt marshes on […]

White Shark
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When Sharks and Surfers Collide

Story by Cheryl D. Wanner Shark encounters are rare on the Oregon Coast, but they do happen. April 22, 1998, was a perfect day for John Forse of Lincoln City to try out his new surfboard. Arriving at Gleneden Beach and finding blue skies, offshore winds, and a good swell, he […]

Clockwise Robert Potts, Emily Kolkemo, Robert Potts
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The Secret World of Sand

The story of sand along the Oregon Coast includes Ice Age floods, shifting dunes, and wartime super-sleuths. Story by Barbara Lee Kids are coated with it after a day at the Oregon Coast, and so is every inch of the family dog. Adults get it in their shoes, and picnic […]