My blog "Hiking the Oregon Coast Trail" has more recent information about hiking the OCT, including on-going updates (from my own experience and that of other OCT trekkers). Not sure there's anything else out there that's more current or accurate, especially for long-distance hikers. Check it out! And please share what you learn on your through-hike or section hike so I can share it with others.

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A comprehensive guidebook focused on the beaches and headlands of Oregon's NEARLY 400-mile coastline

The second edition of Day Hiking: Oregon Coast (2015) has all new maps and photographs  and new and updated trail descriptions. It also features a complete guide hiking the border-to-border Oregon Coast Trail, for both thru-hikers and section hikers.*

This guide can help you discover the best of the Oregon Coast: shifting sand dunes, primeval forests, rocky capes, secret beaches, formal gardens, offshore rocks covered with nesting seabirds, lookouts for spotting whales, and tidepools teeming with life. In it you will find:

  • Details for 92 hikes easily accessible from US Highway 101.
  • Descriptions and access details for Oregon's beaches, all of which are open to the public.
  • Distance, difficulty, and terrain descriptions for each hike.
  • Details on when to go, what to take, and how to stay safe.
  • Maps and photos to help you picture where you're going.
  • Nature notes to deepen and enrich your trip.

Day hiking: oregon coast


Bonnie Henderson

Great insider beta.

—Oregon Coast Trail through-hiker “Dogwood”

"When planning a jaunt on the Oregon Coast Trail, or choosing a scenic day hike, the book to bring along is Day Hiking: Oregon Coast."
—Oregon Coast Magazine

"The blog has a wonderful conversational tone, and the book is one of the best guide books I've ever read."
—Author Gregory Zeigler