The Partnership

Corvallis to the Sea Trail

The C2C Partnership is a collaborative grassroots effort consisting of individuals, businesses, and organizations of local, regional, and national scope. The C2C Partnership has held monthly meetings since March, 2003, and conducted many thousands of hours of trail route exploration and maintaining the flagging for new trail segments. Our volunteers have contributed more than 39,000 hours toward the establishment of the trail. An important part of the process is public outreach, both to share the vision and to listen to stakeholders and communities along the trail corridor.

For many decades the trail project was in the management plans of the Siuslaw National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management. Now the trail project is being spear-headed by the Partnership. As recently as 2010 the Partnership’s proposed trail on National Forest land was to be a National Forest trail. Now these trail miles are to be the responsibility of the Partnership under a special-use permit issued by the Siuslaw National Forest. The Partnership completed fine-tuning the 65-miles of trail routing from Corvallis to Ona Beach in 2010, and volunteers have back-packed it several times in recent years.

Taking a “go slow” approach, the Forest Service in October, 2012, limited the first special use permit to the eastern half of the route which uses mainly a mixture of private and County roads and multi-use paths with a bit of existing and new trail. This half runs about 30 miles from Corvallis to Big Elk Campground west of Harlan. About 5 miles of this route are on Forest Service land.

Following several years of negotiations and an environmental assessment, in July 2015 the Forest Service and the C2C Trail Partnership entered into a special use permit agreement for the 5-miles of Forest Service lands on the eastern of the route. New trail construction was completed in 2016 and signs and maps completed in 2017.

The Partnership is now maintaining the eastern half of the route and working with the Siuslaw National Forest to initiate the environmental assessment process for the remaining 25-miles of the route that will cross Forest Service lands. This process is expected to take several years before the results are known. We hope that the results will allow new trail construction to begin sometime in 2019 and be open to use by 2020.