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Hikers Are Ditching The Pacific Crest Trail For The Oregon Coast Trail


A wet winter left hazards littered along the Pacific Crest Trail, sending more and more hikers onto the Oregon Coast Trail.

A wet winter left hazards littered along the Pacific Crest Trail, sending more and more hikers onto the Oregon Coast Trail.

Kate Frankowicz/The Daily Astorian

At the end of June, a woman picked up three young backpackers walking along the highway near Gearhart.

They had been hiking the Pacific Crest Trail — a 2,650-mile-long path that twists up the West Coast from the Mexico border to Canada — but heavy snowfall in the Sierra Nevada mountain range stopped them 700 miles in.

Rather than stop hiking, they decided to hop over to the lesser-known Oregon Coast Trail. And they aren’t alone.

“Everyone is coming here,” they told their driver.

Read more at the Daily Astorian.

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