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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.

The newest walking locations are shown below.

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Mingus Park

October 7, 2014

If you’re in the vicinity of Coos Bay or North Bend and have an inkling for a pond-in-the-park experience – that being walking and picnicking near water lilies and friendly ducks – then you can stop at Mingus Park. Offering both a loop trail around a cultivated pond and a Japanese-style garden, Mingus Park is an above-average community park (although not quite in the same league as the likes of Hendricks Park). Paved trails, old-style lamp posts, ample benches, and of course the pond and...

Port of Gold Beach

September 18, 2014

In many editions of Oregon Coast Magazine I’ve seen a partial or full-page Gold Beach advertisement listing an agenda of engaging entertainment to fill several days. Due to this superb promoting, my husband and I had allocated a day of our Brookings camping trip to head north 28 miles and explore. Bravo Gold Beach tourism board. We set off for this apparently bounteous section of southern Oregon coast with no particular game plan. Beaches and boardwalks are usually not hard to find in coastal...

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...

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