The title is a mistatement. I did hike in a couple places, very short hikes not more than 2 hours each, but was not hiking along the Oregon Coast as the title insinuates. 😉 After leaving Crater Lake, I followed the Umpqua River on its winding journey from the Cascades to the sea.
The Umpqua River is beautiful, it flows fast and shallow for 111 miles to the sea, slowly becoming flatter, smoother and wider, looking more blue than gray like it was in the mineral filled mountains. Everything was very dry, meadows were brown.
I drove through Elkton (same name as my hometown), and lots of small hamlets and fishing villages. When I arrived at the sea, I immediately headed for Oregon Dunes State Park. Little did I know it was an ATV and motorcycle park. I quickly back-pedaled out of there. Too noisy and dusty!
The next morning, I wanted to see the moon set over the ocean and took off at 4:00 AM. The beach was of course deserted and very cold, the tide was going out. My feet and hands were numb very quickly. I really enjoyed the quiet solitude while the moon set into the Pacific.