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Tip #1

Be Aware

Care Stepping



Tip #2:
Be Aware

Fire is Best Friend

Most Dangerous Foe

There are many sheltered paths in Oregon, too many to list.  I’ll just offer a few safety tips for North Coast trails.
What’s around the bend?  Probably something interesting, but if it’s along the ocean, remember the tides.  A place like the above may have a lot of beach at low tide, and nothing but a rock cliff at high tide.  Begin exploring as the tide is going out, and return before it comes in.  Pay attention to the distance between the wet sand or rocks and the dry sand.  The wet is where the next high tide will be.  Also notice the driftwood, piled along the inward side.  They were placed there by waves, usually during winter storms.  If there is only a few feet, or less, of dry sand/ rock between the driftwood and the wet sand/rocks, you are on dangerous ground, be it high or low tide.
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.
Tip #3:
Be Aware


ell Phones

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.
Tip #4:
Be Aware

Tracking is Fun

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
Tip #5:
Be Aware
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.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2021
© = R. W. Faulkner