Tried to go south from Arch Cape on the OCT yesterday, and found this sign at the Shingle Mill Lane trailhead. I don't know where this would have been posted on the internet, but I didn't see it until I arrived.
There was a corresponding sign where the OCT crosses 101 a couple miles south. So I headed over to Falcon Cove Road, parked, and found there a sign saying "open but not maintained," which is an interesting combination.
I started south, hoping to at least make Short Sands, and in the first mile stepped over, around, or under close to 10 of these:
And then, as it started up over the hill, we hit these three within maybe a quarter mile.
Also this bit of perspective:
And that's when we bailed.
I assume all this happened on or about Labor Day, and I assume the hill would have been more exposed than the lower areas. But it's a mess. And with Trailkeepers of Oregon on limited options due to Covid, it could be next year before this section -- and who knows how many others? -- gets serious work.
We did get this nice little forest treat, though:
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