A few weeks ago, during one of the first rain storms of the fall, I went to the Oregon coast with a good friend. We really wanted to find a hike to go on that neither one of us had done before.
Of course one of my personal favorite coastal hikes is Cascade Head, but we had both done that one the last time were at the beach staying in Neskowin, so we needed something new. We did some internet research and came upon a hike at Road’s End and decided it sounded like a good one to try.
We had trouble right from the start, the beginning of the trail was not so easy to find. We did see a couple of resident Road’s End hikers walking up a side street and stopped to ask them for directions. They obliged very kindly and pointed us further up the road.
We did make it to the trail head and tried our very best to follow their directions which were something like this. When you see the gravel hill it will look like you are not on a trail because it has not been kept up very well. Just stay to the right and you will be on the trail.
So we made it to a definite gravel hill, but things got a little tricky at that point and staying to the right would have meant climbing what looked like a rock slide, straight up the side of a vertical cliff. We figured our guides must have meant something a little different and finally decided on where the path must be and started making our way through the forest and then up the side of a grassy hill.
We finally made it to the top!
Road’s End did have a great view so I stopped to take a photograph in the rain, and enjoy the view, before we decided to hike back the way we came because we could not tell where the path continued.
Upon arriving back and the beginning of the trail we realized there was a fork in the path almost immediately that for some reason we had not seen when beginning our adventure. We realized almost immediately this had been the path to the right we should have taken. Oops! We had just hiked up the side of this large hill, through the forest, NOT on the trail.
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