Day 1: Seaside or bust!

After spending two lovely days in Astoria at the Clementine B&B we headed out on the Trail this morning (Wed, Jun 19). Our hosts at the B&B (Yvonne and Steve) offered to take us the 12 miles or so to Fort Stevens State Park and the start of the trail.

With our B&B host, Steve, ready to start!

Because we hiked a couple of miles yesterday just to check out the beach we only (only!) had to do 15.5 miles today and it was all flat. The first 13 miles or so were on the beach. A bit chilly to start (55 and windy) but the sun came out after a bit.

Hiking the beach

After a few miles we passed he famous wreck of the Peter Iredale , a four masted British bark that wrecked on the beach in 1906.

The wreck of the Peter Iredale

We saw lots of people clamming and a few fisherman but no other hikers. And cars! This is the only stretch of the coast where cars are allowed and there were quite a few. After 13 miles on the beach we headed inland at Gearhart to get across Neawanna Creek and Seaside.

The dunes at Gearhart

Walking the coast highway (101) for a mile to get into Seaside was the least pleasant part of the trip but getting to the International Hostel in Seaside was definitely nice.

Finally I get to sit down!?!?

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