There are many sheltered paths in Oregon, too many to list. I’ll just offer a few safety tips for North Coast trails.
On top looking down, it can appear to be solid ground along the edge of a cliff. From below looking up, it’s clear that no one should walk too close to the edge of a cliff.
I don’t know about you, but I prefer to sit where I know nothing is going to fall on me. I always look up before selecting my seat. If the cliff above me does not appear solid, or if there’s a tree hanging by a root on top, I sit elsewhere.
Some cliffs are composed of stones glued together with mud. It does not take much to dislodge them. This is a closeup of a portion of the cliff in above left pic.
Cell Phones with GPS are great navigators, but should not be your only guide. 1) There are still some canyons where you can’t get reception. 2) Phone batteries go dead.
Pay attention to where you are going and where you have been. A map is a good idea. An old fashion compass works in dead zones.
It’s interesting to see what critters have crossed the trail before you.
Above: Along North Coast Trails, there are circular holes in the brush, about 3 feet tall. This is usually a deer crossing, but other smaller critters may use them as well.
Above: Your choice.
A baby bigfoot or a raccoon.
Above: Beware of well beaten paths,
18 to 24 inches wide. They are made by
2 legged critters. People do crazy things at the beach. Who knows what might be encountered if you follow their path
Lost, cold, wet? Nothing’s better than a fire to keep you alive. A lighter always a good idea.
Being used to a wet lifestyle, we often forget that forests, and grass, dry out in summer. All it takes is a cigarette, a firecracker, a campfire that looks like it’s dead but is only sleeping, to set the forest ablaze.