Welcome to 100 Steps

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.

The newest walking locations are shown below.

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Wheeler Waterfront Park

March 23, 2014

Although its name sounds like a wild and whacky, loopy slip-and-slide water theme park, Wheeler Waterfront Park is actually a calm riverfront area in the sleepy town of Wheeler.  My husband and I had passed through a few times, even stopping in the gravel lot near the pathway, before noticing the actual park.  I must have been captivated by Nehalem River, which passes here just before it converges with Nehalem Bay.  If you’re looking to stretch your legs while traveling to points further north...

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

March 14, 2014

Although three of Oregon’s seven coastal counties boast sea stacks dubbed Haystack Rock, the water encircled boulder at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area is distinguished by a keyhole on its north face. Also known as Chief Kiawanda Rock, it is the tallest of the Haystack trio.

Siuslaw Interpretive Center

March 9, 2014

I have to admit, all last winter as we neared the west end of Bay Street, I avoided looking south. My husband gawked from the driver’s seat at the industrious construction activities, but the thought of what may be happening to the field and small beach just below Florence’s picturesque Siuslaw River Bridge saddened me.

Rockaway Beach Wayside

January 30, 2014

It was serendipitous…the quest for a pit stop between Cape Lookout and Tolovana Beach landed us at Rockaway Beach Wayside. I soon concluded that if I lived anywhere near Rockaway Beach, this would be my go-to place for walking and lunching.

Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge

January 18, 2014

I had no idea there was more than one type of Canada Goose.  Any large waterfowl with a black neck and head, white throat band, and brownish body appeared the same to me.  My education was quickly expanded though when my husband and I stopped at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge.   Signage on the viewing deck overlooking a meadow full of these robust birds informed me that Canada Geese, Cackling Geese, and several subspecies of each partake of the lush wetlands in the area, and all have...

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