A permit is required to hike or bike on several sections of the trail. These include two private tracts, plus OSU and City of Corvallis properties. This permit is free, good for the calendar year in which it was issued, and may be obtained from Starker Forests. Call 541-929-2477 to obtain an access permit. Starker Forests’ office is NOT a source for general C2C Trail information. The free permit’s first requirement is that E-bikes are not permitted on Starker lands. This includes those on the gated portion of Old Peak Road and the gated portion of Shot Pouch Road.
Mon – Fri 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: 541-929-2477
By Using The C2C Trail You Agree To The Following:
DO NOT LEAVE THE TRAIL ON PRIVATE LANDS
C2C TRAIL USERS ACCEPT ALL RISKS OF EXPOSURE TO MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC,
NATURAL PHENOMENA, AND TIMBER MGT ACTIVITIES INCLUDING, BUT
NOT LIMITED TO: MOTOR VEHICLES, EQUIPMENT, AND UNMARKED
Users agree to reimburse, indemnify, defend and hold Corvallis-to-the-Sea (C2C) Trail Partnership, owners of private lands crossed by the trail, and their respective property managers, employees, volunteers, affiliated entities, and contractors, harmless from and against all claims, causes of action (including without limitation, those relating to personal injury), liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including, without limitation, attorney fees and costs at trial and on appeal) of any nature arising from any acts or omissions of Users while using the C2C Trail.
P.L.A.N.T. Please Leave Absolutely No Trace
Food waste, fruit cores and peels attract crows, ravens, and jays (corvids) which feed on Marbled Murrelet (MaMu) eggs and young. Leave nothing but footprints
Use a B.U.T.T. Bag
Bag used toilet tissue. Carry it out in a plastic bag.
Camp only on Forest Service land. Do not camp where there are “no camping” symbols on trail signs
No camping on private property.
No campfires except at USFS Big Elk Campground near Harlan.
No human waste within 200 feet of streams or campsites.
No-trace camping. Carry it in, carry it out. Leave nothing but footprints.
Please sign a Trail Register, which you will encounter at one of the C2C Trail informational kiosks or other locations along the trail. Only sign once at one registry station for your hike or ride. While this is not a permit, signing the register helps us (C2C Trail Partnership) document for the USFS the number of trail users, which is a provision of the C2C agreement with the Forest Service. Do not leave money in the registers.
Water is scarce
Natural year-round water sources are as much as 5 to 7 miles apart, at the best of times, and all need to be purified. Several are only a trickle by late summer. Plan ahead to make sure you know where you will obtain water and carry adequate water if you’re not sure.
Hiking alone is not recommended because of the trail’s remoteness. Cell phone coverage is very spotty.
Put cell phones on airplane mode to save battery power. GPS works just fine in airplane mode.
Several parts of the hiking trail cross or use active roadways, whether frequently or occasionally used by cars and trucks. Listen for vehicles and step to the side.
Respect the Wild
The Coast Range is black-bear country. Cougars also roam the woods. If you see either, make yourself look large, back away slowly—don’t run. At night, be sure to secure your food and toiletries by hanging or placing in a bear canister.
There is minimal poison oak only on the eastern section. Stinging nettles are present, as are ticks, mosquitoes and biting flies.