Do I need to register or get a permit for the C2C Trail?
Yes. You will encounter trail registry sites at kiosks and trailheads along the trail. You need only register your outing at one of these sites. A permit is needed if you travel on the upper Old Peak Road section beyond the gate, which can be obtained from Starker Forests.
See Hiking the Trail: Permits/Rules/Precautions
How long does it take to hike from Corvallis to Ona Beach?
This trail has been characterized as very difficult.
Some people can hike the entire trail in 3 days, but most people take 5 or 6 days to travel the 60 miles. Biking it can be done in one day. There are numerous options for intermediary day hikes at various trailheads.
See Hiking the Trail: Trail Description
Where can I get water?
Water for drinking is scarce along the trail all year. Natural year-round water sources are infrequent and all need to be purified. There is well water from a faucet at Big Elk Campground near Harlan, except during the cold winter season. There is a year-round stream at the bottom of the Gopher Creek Trail segment off Gopher Creek Road
Where can I camp?
Camping is only permitted on Forest Service lands. No camping is allowed on private lands! Plan your trip carefully to avoid being stuck along a stretch of private land at nightfall. USFS Big Elk Campground near Harlan has improved camping areas and a designated hiker/biker camp site for a $5 per person fee. Other sites there may be available except on crowded weekends. First come, first served. (No advance booking.)
Where can I park my car?
There are over 18 trailheads along the route where the trail intersects with roadways. However, only 15 trailheads have space for parking a car.
See Hiking the Trail: Trailhead Access
Where is there cell phone coverage?
Cellphone coverage is spotty along the trail. The higher locations provide the best chance of reaching a tower, depending on the carrier.
Where can I get printed maps?
Printed maps will soon be available for sale at most outdoors stores in the area. Some of the maps are downloadable from this website. See Hiking The Trail for more information.
How do I get back to where I started?
Bus transportation serves locations along Highway 101 between Waldport and Newport and the Valley Retriever bus service links Newport with Corvallis. Both systems can carry bicycles on a first-come, first-served basis.
How can I help improve the trail?
We have many opportunities. Of course, we need volunteers to maintain and improve the tread of the trail! And we want your feedback and suggestions about the trail. See the Get Involved page for more information.