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Coast Trail hiking guide available online.

Byline: Whitney Malkin The Register-Guard

Hikers and outdoors fanatics can now head online to find their favorite trails and getaways on the Oregon Coast.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has posted a new Oregon Coast trail hiking guide on its Web site.

The guide includes 10 maps that cover the 382-mile Coast Trail, which runs from Fort Stevens State Park near Warrenton to Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint near Brookings.

Each map provides turn-by-turn directions, detailed maps for tricky areas and alternative routes. Web visitors can print the sections they need, or access the maps from cell phones with Internet capabilities.

Most of the route is on the beach, although some segments wind through parks or public lands. Some trail segments are on the shoulders of Highway 101, roads or streets.

The state plans to install signs on the route over the next two years to complement the guide. Remaining trail connection issues are scheduled to be reviewed late this year.

"Thanks to the Oregon Beach Bill and the passionate involvement of individual Oregonians, the Oregon Coast Trail allows Oregonians to see the splendors of Oregon's beaches and rocky shores," Rocky Houston, the parks department's recreation trails coordinator, said in a news release. "It really is unlike any other trail in the United States. It allows you to explore the Oregon coast on short, easy walks or on a long hike."

GET ON THE TRAIL

To see maps for the online Oregon Coast trail guide, go to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Web site: tinyurl.com/dzvt8c.
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