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Port Orford Heads

Battle Rock


1.2-mile loop
200 feet elevation gain 

Left: Battle Rock.
Below right: The barracks museum.
Below left: Nellies Cove.

Port Orford’s rugged shore claimed so many lives in shipwrecks that the Coast Guard built a lifeboat station on a headland here in 1934. Whenever lookouts at the station’s tower reported a ship in danger, guardsmen would tumble out of their barracks, race down a 504-step staircase to Nellies Cove, and launch a 36-foot self-righting lifeboat. The station closed in 1970, but the barracks now houses a museum and short trails tour the headland’s meadows.

Drive Highway 101 to ...

From the tower site, walk up ...

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range.

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