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.