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Old 04-24-2016, 06:43 PM   #1
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Chilliwack to Cannon Beach

We pick up our new trailer on June 16 and plan to leave Chilliwack by 4pm after the orientation. We haven't gone this direction for 35 years so we are clueless on what to expect. It seems Lyndon KAO is a common first stop for other Escapers but might need one or two more stops before hitting the coast. Could someone map out a route and some nice places to overnight along the way and down the Oregon coast?
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:00 PM   #2
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Our favourite route to Cannon Beach is the long way through Deception Pass, the ferry to Port Townsend, the west coast of the Olympic Peninsula (do stop at Ruby Beach), across the Columbia River into Astoria and then a little bit down the Oregon coast to Cannon Beach. Many of the state campgrounds in Washington and Oregon are perfect. We're not big fans of the private sites along I-5 and there isn't much for state parks along that route. We've stayed at Fort Stevens and done day trips into Cannon Beach.
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:52 PM   #3
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Whichever way you decide to go, you'd better make reservations for that time of year. State campgrounds can fill up fast in the summer.
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:59 PM   #4
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Thanks for that info. I was hoping it would still be quieter until closer to the end of June.
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I have always wanted to go to Port Townsend so I will look into plotting that root. Thanks for that.
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Our #1 favorite Oregon Coast State Park campsite is Nehalem Bay; close enough for a run into Cannon Beach.
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Our favourite route to Cannon Beach is the long way through Deception Pass, the ferry to Port Townsend, the west coast of the Olympic Peninsula (do stop at Ruby Beach), across the Columbia River into Astoria and then a little bit down the Oregon coast to Cannon Beach. Many of the state campgrounds in Washington and Oregon are perfect. We're not big fans of the private sites along I-5 and there isn't much for state parks along that route. We've stayed at Fort Stevens and done day trips into Cannon Beach.
I took this route when I picked up my trailer in April 2011. No problem finding sites, however it was early enough that i ran into snow a couple of times. I have a journal of that section of the trip starting here.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:56 AM   #8
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Our #1 favorite Oregon Coast State Park campsite is Nehalem Bay; close enough for a run into Cannon Beach.
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Nehalem Bay was our favorite spot on a week-long tour of Oregon. The beach is basically deserted. The town of Manzanita is much less hectic than Cannon Beach too, but still has some nice shops and restaurants.
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By all means stop in Tillamook County on the Oregon coast. Nehalem Bay State Park just south of Manzanita is a beautiful park with the Pacific Ocean on one side and Nehalem Bay the other. Two easily reachable spots to the north are Oswald West day park and the trail up Neahkahnee Mountain. Unfortunately almost all of Oregon's state parks need reservations in June to assure a spot. Heading south on 101, Tillamook County has a park on the mouth of Tillamook Bay, Bayview Jetty Park, which often has openings when the state parks are full. It's a very nice park. At Tillamook, one really should head southwest on the Three Capes scenic route. Along with the state campground at Cape Lookout, Tillamook County has a small park, without amenities, Whalen Island, which is on a small estuary called Sandlike. Pacific City has a nice private RV park, Pacific City RV, right across from Cape Kiwanda.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:48 AM   #10
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Deception Pass State Park (mentioned previously in this thread) is an exceptionally beautiful park to camp, and in some polls has been rated #1 for camping in the northwest (and just 12 miles from our home).
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