Lincoln County Commissioners today were told that the long awaited and much anticipated Corvallis to the Sea Trail is about two years away from opening. Over the next two years, the trail, which runs from Corvallis westward to Ona Beach, will have its alignments refined, environmental assessments made and funds raised to not only construct it where needed but also monies set aside to maintain it.
The sixty mile trail will accomodate horses, bicyclists and hikers, but mostly hikers. Gary Chapman, President of the Corvallis to the Sea Trail, said there are some segments that have steep side slopes and extremely loose soils which make them unsafe to traverse using bicycles or horses. He says, however, that they’re working on minor detours to accommodate bicycles and horses around those challenging areas.
Trail users will be able to camp on Siuslaw National Forest lands except for a few wetlands and meadows deemed too environmentally sensitive. Specifically designated campgrounds along the trail will be located at Benton County Fairgrounds, Big Elk Campground west of Harlan and at the Beaver Creek Natural Area near Ona Beach. The Ona Beach site is still subject to approval by State Parks.
Chapman told the commissioners that the trail is a comfortable five day backpack trip requiring four overnights on the trail.
Chapman said some Environmental Assessments still need to be conducted on the route which shouldn’t take long. He said what will take some time is rounding up enough volunteers to get the trail completed, most of which follows already established trails and logging roads.
The trail needs volunteers not only to help complete the trail, but also to maintain it through the years. The Corvallis to the Sea Trail organization is a 501-c-3 non-profit so all donations are tax deductible both for donations as well as grants.
Those who would like to be a part of this historic project can do so by checking the trail’s website at www.C2CTrail.org or by email at Info@C2CTrail.org