Cape Perpetua Kicks Off 2017 Trails Stewardship Season

Contact(s): Lisa Romano

Waldport, OR – Visitors are invited to join Cape Perpetua staff and the Yachats Trails Committee Saturday, March 18, at 1:00 p.m. to learn about the history of the construction and maintenance of Cape Perpetua trails, current trail volunteer opportunities, and a new opportunity to contribute to trail management. The event will feature guest speaker Loyd Collett, former Forest Service recreation and trails manager, who will share his experience planning, constructing, and maintaining what would become the world-class trail system now enjoyed by thousands of visitors to Cape Perpetua.

Joanne Kittel, chair of the Yachats Trail Committee, will also present information about Yachats trails and the Amanda Trail, which honors the legacy of Native Americans on the central Oregon Coast.  The Siuslaw National Forest and Yachats Trails Committee have a dedicated group of trail maintenance volunteers who work to keep Amanda and other trails passable year round. Visitors will learn about volunteer opportunities and trail work projects for the June 3 National Trails Day activities around Cape Perpetua.

Visitors will also learn about efforts by Discover Your Northwest to promote public support of Cape Perpetua trails through its new trail donation fund. Following presentations, Forest Service field rangers will lead guided hikes on either the Discovery Loop or Giant Spruce Trail.

The event is free, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport, federal recreation pass, or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. For more information, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.