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100 Steps is dedicated to encouraging walking in the scenic Oregon outdoors for folks with limited mobility. It documents a collection of walks on the Oregon coast that can be reached in short distances — measured in steps — and describes terrain and resting options to help you determine if a destination is appropriate for you.

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Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint

September 4, 2014

Being only 14 miles away, Heceta Head Lighthouse is the closest to my residence of coastal Oregon’s nine public lighthouses. The other eight sentinels each have their own 100 Steps page. Lighthouses just beyond Oregon’s borders are also referenced: Cape Disappointment on the north side of the Columbia, St. George Reef and Battery Point lighthouses just south of the California border. But Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint has been absent from the mix. Now I can now tick that final...

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

August 25, 2014

A plaque at House Rock in Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, a 12-mile span of gorgeous southern Oregon coastal wonders, explains why a state park bears the name of this notable man (1874 to 1953): Samuel H. Boardman, first superintendent of Oregon State Parks, dedicated twenty years of public service to conserving the best of Oregon’s scenic and wilderness areas. The park lands he acquired throughout the diverse regions of the state between 1929 and 1950 are the foundation of today’s...

Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park

August 15, 2014

Who was Carl G. Washburne? Strangely, although a state park bears his name, I could not find any information on Mr. Washburne himself. The Oregon State Parks information does not explain use of his name. Wikipedia has nothing. I even went as far as page 4 in the Google search results (when I rarely look beyond the first page), yet to no avail. I did find this post from a bike tourist, posing the same question. Is this the John Galt of the Oregon coast? While not the easiest beach to reach on...

Beach Roundup: Between Florence and Yachats

August 15, 2014

Oregon Coast Highway 101 between Florence and Yachats is a lovely drive along the central Oregon coast. Motorcyclists love the twisty road, Pacific Coast Bike Route cyclists have gotten their stride at this point, visitors are dashing from one attraction to the next, and everyone is looking for views, views, views. While scenery encompassing ocean, lighthouse, sea mammals, water birds, bridges, cliffs, and chasms is plentiful, finding a beach easy to reach for walking along the 13-mile stretch...

Ocean Beach Picnic Area

August 10, 2014

My husband and I have visited the Ocean Beach Picnic Area many times. It took several trips before it sunk in that “Ocean Beach” as written on the sign was the assigned appellative for this stretch of shoreline, rather than a listing of the features available. There certainly is ocean, and there’s plenty of beach, but I guess those responsible for name allocation at the Siuslaw National Forest were just plum worn out by the time they reached this bluff. Unimaginative name notwithstanding, the...

Brookings Harbor Boardwalk

July 25, 2014

I recall waking to an odd sound in the early hours of March 11, 2011. “Is that the Tsunami siren?” Couldn’t be…could it? My husband checked online and found that the Oregon coast was on alert, the aftermath from the calamity in Japan. Areas of Florence near the ocean and along the Siuslaw River were being evacuated. While law enforcement was doing a thorough job with clearing high-risk areas, and evacuees were heading to points elsewhere or the Florence Events Center (a designated evacuation...

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