This adventurous 400-mile route runs through sandy beaches, verdant forests and rocky headlands, as well as coastal towns and cities. It preserves public access lands and provides wonderful wildlife-viewing opportunities. Some crossings aren't possible and will require shuttle transport; check with local rangers before you set out.

The OCT isn't necessarily a hard route, but it'll take about a month to hike the whole thing. Keep in mind that there are a few gaps in the hikeable sections of trail; you'll want to make connections by road at a few points, such as the Sixes and Elk rivers.

The hike is best done north to south due to prevailing winds and available literature. Hike it all or just a few sections of it, and enjoy the spectacular views – there's one around every corner or two.