trip reports

September 8, 2012

Netarts Spit

Distance: 10 miles on the beach
Location: starting at Cape Lookout campground to the end of Netarts Spit, directly across Netarts Bay from Netarts and Oceanside.

It was a cloudy,  foggy day in the low 60s and neither the Cape or the communities of Oceanside or Netarts were visible most of the way. When we reached the end of the spit, we saw five people that we were surprised had made it the same length of hike since they had a young boy with them. It turned out that they had come across via boat from Netarts and had been crabbing. They offered us a crab, but we didn’t want to hike back with it, so we declined. Where the ocean and the bay meet, the water changes are quite interesting. Waves no longer roll in onto the beach… instead, small pools of water gather with a small splash at the shore. Looking into the bay with all of the fishing boats and homes on the hillside in Netarts is interesting too. We were hoping to see seals hanging out, but there were none, so we headed back towards the campground so we wouldn’t get stuck at high tide.


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