Name the Trail!

Get your vote on!

OPRD, Gearhart Elementary, and the City of Gearhart invite you to help select a name for the new beach trail at Gearhart Ocean State Recreation Area! OPRD went to Gearhart Elementary and presented exciting information about the Esturary, the ocean, and the dunes that are right down the street from their classrooms. Students in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades rose to our challenge, submitting over 30 potential names for this new trail. We ranked the submissions on local, natural, and geographic resources plus that special “Wow!” factor. The students also went out to the beach itself with OPRD Coastal Visitor Experience Coordinator Brian Fowler. They learned more about the history of the area, the power of the ocean, and the creatures that use the beach right here in Gearhart.

Brian Fowler and local students investigate the beach!

Brian Fowler and local students investigate the beach!

Take the Survey

The top ten results are now open for the public to view! Which one is YOUR favorite? The survey closes by midnight on December 1, 2014! Feel free to take a moment and stroll along the trail or check out the photos below, get a feel for the place, and cast your vote! You can access the survey here:

Where is the Trail Located?

In the City of Gearhart, leading from Little Beach at Necanicum Estuary out to Gearhart Ocean State Recreation Area. The new trail is a loop connecting the residential access point with the Little Beach access point near Wellington. Here’s a map!

New trail, ready and waiting for your feet!

New trail, ready and waiting for your feet!


What’s it Like?

The new trail winds through the dunes, letting visitors to shelter from the winds, pause to take in the rugged beauty of the North Coast, and loaf on benches that offer ocean views. The trail takes visitors along the Necanicum Estuary, where they can watch shorebirds and, during the right season, people clamming. Necanicum Estuary is an Important Bird Area, and thousands of migrating shorebirds visit its sands to forage and rest on their twice yearly journeys between breeding and wintering grounds. Eagles, gulls, and herons hang out year round, and maybe Caspian terns or the threatened western snowy plover might decide to nest in the Shorebird Conservation Area adjacent to the trail!

View of Necanicum Estuary from the new trail. At low tide all that sand provides great places for shorebirds to feed!

View of Necanicum Estuary from the new trail. At low tide all that sand provides great places for shorebirds to feed!


View point on the trail

View point on the trail



Students on the beach

Students on the beach


Posted on October 30, 2014, in Ocean Shores and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. As a life long Gearhart resident and a graduate of Gearhart Grade School I have to admit that Im not impressed with any of the proposed names and am concerned that people from the state and city have time and money to fritter away on something so silly.

    • You sound like a bitter person to “fritter” your time on making such a negative comment against an activity that is so empowering for young people of this community… who are also life long residents of Gearhart… and will be around much longer than you or I, to be good stewards of such a beautiful and precious trail. I am excited to see what name is chosen and to be around for the excitement that it generates with the kids who participated, whether their name made the list or not!

  2. WOW. I thought this was great and fun for the kids. Good grief what a spoil sport “Peters Point” . Explain why this is so silly??

  3. Thank you for your comments, everyone! Please be sure to review our terms of use ( before commenting.

    Since OPRD and the City were working on this trail anyway, it was a great opportunity to engage the kids and local community. We love the names they came up with!

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