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Tillamook Spit

A hike on the levee road takes you past tidal mud flats, a freshwater pond, and maybe some elk on your way to the sea
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 11.7 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  This long hike on Tillamook Spit can take you all day - but you'll see lots of different habitat while you're there.

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Points of Interest

1. Dike Road

This road leads all the way to the end of the spit

2. Tidal Mudflats

The mudflats here are home to crabs, clams, and dozens of other species of invertebrates. In addition, watch for seabirds and other predators that prey on them.

3. Parking Lot

An option for a shorter hike, this parking lot cuts off a couple miles.

4. Bulrush Tidal Flats

These flats are extremely productive, supporting a wide variety of life. Be careful if you choose to walk out on the flats, the mud is extremely soft and you can sink to your waist easily.

5. Jetty

This jetty keeps winter storms from closing off the mouth of Tillamook Bay to boat travel.

6. Open Ocean Coastline

The open coast here is typical of the Pacific Northwest, a wide, dissipative beach created by large winter storm waves and smaller summer surf. Watch for all kinds of treasures washed up from the ocean, from shells to fishing floats to little bits of beach glass.

7. Dune Trail

This trail through the dunes leads you back to the parking lot and the dike road.

8. Cape Meares Lake

Cape Meares lake is surrounded by yellow Scotch Broom, an invasive plant.