The cliffs at Cape Meares

The cliffs at Cape Meares

The Newport 60+ Adventure Van will tackle the winding road to the top of Mary’s Peak on Saturday, Aug. 24, offering the chance to enjoy spectacular views without breaking too much of a sweat.

At 4,097 feet, Mary’s Peak is the highest point in Oregon’s Coast Range. On a clear day, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Sisters and even Mt. Ranier can be seen from the peak.

The scenic East Ridge Trail is a moderate, 5.5-mile hike with elevation gain of 1,200 feet, climbing through a majestic forest dominated by stately Douglas Firs. This area has been designated a Scenic Botanical Area because of its rich, unique scenery and plants. The open meadows offer a range of wildflowers throughout the spring and summer.

The trip costs $10 per person, with the van departing at 9 am and returning at around 5 pm.

The van will be back in action on Saturday, Aug. 31, taking passengers north for a scenic hike through beautiful Cape Meares near Tillamook.

The steep cliffs and offshore rocks are nesting grounds for thousands of seabirds, including murres, pelagic and Brandt’s cormorants and pigeon guillemots. Peregrine falcon occasionally nest on the cliffs.Elk, Deer and many species of birds make their homes in this unique and breathtaking coastal setting. Parts of Cape Meares and the nearby Three Arch Rocks are National Wildlife Refuges.

The Cape Meares trip costs $10 per person, with the van departing at 8 am and departing at around 2 pm.

Participants in both excursions should pack energy bars, plenty of water, a sack lunch and a camera to capture the beautiful views.

To register, go to www.newportorgon.gov/sc and click on the dark blue banner “Browse the catalog and register.” For more information, drop by the center at 20 SE 2nd Street, Newport, or call 541-265-9617.

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