The adventurous seasonal visitor, though lesser in numbers than the summer time variety, do frequent our Tillamook Coast during these atmospherically enigmatic bumper seasons. A time when we locals begin loading our fireplaces with cured alder and pumpkins carved and sitting on doorsteps adorn the neighborhoods.
For the outdoorsy and curious I present to you three Fall time outdoor activities that you or your entire family could easily enjoy! Come along and I’ll point some fun things to do and see in Tillamook County!
1. SEASONAL MUSHROOM HUNTING:
Hone your forest-spotting skills in the duff litter that surround the Tillamook forests! Chantrelle mushrooms like dark and damp areas usually under fir trees, for which the Tillamook area is known for having a few of. But besides Chantrelles there are myriad edible mushroom popping up just after the first rains start hitting the area after the summer. If you know your varieties then you’re likely to find a number of types of Russulas, Boletus, Chantrelle, Oyster and jelly mushrooms, chicken of the woods, coral mushroom too! All literally growing out of the forest floor. Identification can be tricky so if I may recommend a few books by David Arora who has made it his passion to provide expert mushroom identification guides for wayward mushroom hunters.
2. WATERFALL HIKING:
Whether you want to go for a heck of a hike or Sunday stroll there’s an option for you in and around the Tillamook Coast area. The fall time is actually one of the best times to choose to visit one of the many area waterfalls that dot the inland coastal mountain range. Already devoid of roadway RV’s and the hordes of summer visitors that love this beautiful area (who can blame them!), the fall is great for splotches of color within the forest under story but also the abundant water that courses over the precipice of our favorite falls. My personal favorite to see this time of year are:
Munson Creek Falls – 1/4 mile walk with a mild incline leads to the tallest waterfall in the coast range!
Pheasant Creek Falls – A 1 Mile trail leads down to a truly amazing falls that can compete with Oregon’s finest! Also known as Niagara falls, it is actually a dual-falls system, prepare to be enthralled!
Wilson Falls – 1.5 Mile hike west from the Tillamook Forest Center on the Wilson River Trail brings you to a small waterfall that literally flows over the trail. This is Wilson Falls, only indicated by a small sign it can be downright trail-severing in heavy flows.
3. AGATE HUNTING THE BEACHES:
The off-season if rife with heavy storms, high surf and torrential rain. But don’t let that stop you from checking out the beaches in and around the Tillamook Coast for your chance to find the famous Oregon Beach Agates! The off-season presents the best time for area agate hunters as its when the currents rip the sandy beaches back out offshore and expose the rock and gravel under layer. Agates, jaspers, carnelian and petrified wood have been known to dot the rocky shorelines. Bring a bucket to place your bounty in and have a day at the beach! Don’t forget a sweater as Oregon is known for our beaches, but seldom for its warm off seasonal weather!
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