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Grant’s Getaways: Kilchis Point

Kilchis Point Reserve is about as grass roots as it gets!

Gary Albright leads a small...

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Kilchis Point Reserve is about as grass roots as it gets!

Gary Albright leads a small army of local volunteers who have built miles of trails to prove it.

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“Ah, it’s so wonderful,” said Albright. “After a couple dry days and we suddenly get a wet day – the lush greenery shines, the trails are more inviting and even the rough skin newts come out; sometimes by the hundreds.”

It’s a trail system unlike any you have ever traveled with old growth spruce trees and tidal churned creeks and wetlands always by your side.

grants getaways kilchis point 11Spacious bay views are the hiker’s reward.

“Look at that view! Now, that is a payoff!” Albright offered his assessment during a recent stroll across the reserve’s trails.

Kilchis Point is the namesake for a community-based restoration project that began in 2011.

It’s 200 acres of county owned property that hugs the eastern shore of Tillamook Bay near Bay City, Oregon.

200 years ago, it was also the hub of a Salish Indian culture that arrived a thousand years earlier.

grants getaways kilchis point 6“There would have been many, many long wooden buildings,” said Albright. “They would have measured 20 by 60 feet with many smaller buildings across the village grounds too. The streams would have been clogged with salmon, abundant waterfowl available as food. Shellfish would be plentiful. People could walk less than a hundred yards to find food. It never froze and it never got too hot. A magical land.”

You can better understand this Oregon paradise when you step inside the nearby  Tillamook Pioneer Museum.

There are hundreds of ancient artifacts available for you to to see; in fact, more than 50,000 artifacts are in the museum’s care.

“Every single day I come in here,” noted Albright, “people will say: ‘can we donate to you, can we give to you?’ We get wonderful stuff from local folks and add item to our collections every day.”

Albright explained how thousands of people, that had thrived here for so many centuries, seemingly disappeared overnight:

“Between 1805 and 1851, the region’s population dropped from 2200 people to about 400. The native people were not losing wars; they weren’t fighting with the settlers…it wasn’t conflict, it was disease.”

Back on the Kilchis Point Trail, the history story is told through information kiosks:

“We are bringing it forward here,” said Albright. “We hope people come and enjoy both our indoor information at the museum and then enjoy the outdoor wonder found along the trails.”

Enjoy more “Grant’s Getaways in Tillamook County!

Be sure to follow my Oregon adventures via the new Grant’s Getaways Podcast as I relate behind the scenes stories from nearly four decades of television reporting.

You can also learn more about many of our favorite Oregon travels and adventures in the Grant’s Getaways book series, including “Grant’s Getaways: 101 Oregon Adventures,” “Grant’s Getaways: Guide to Wildlife Watching in Oregon,” and “Grant’s Getaways: Oregon Adventures with the Kids.” The collection offers hundreds of outdoor activities across Oregon and promise to engage a kid of any age.

My next book, “Grant’s Getaways: Another 101 Oregon Adventures” will be published in 2022.

NEW PODCAST

Grants Getaways Podcast

For the past four decades, Grant has told the stories of the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. Now, in a time when everyone is looking for new ways to escape, McOmie is sharing his vast knowledge of Oregon’s outdoors and his warm storytelling style in a new podcast launching today from KGW, and in partnership with Visit Tillamook Coast.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Grant McOmie

Grant McOmie

Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest broadcast journalist, teacher and author who is putting his adventurous spirit to discovering and sharing with viewers places around Tillamook. He writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth-generation Oregon native, Grant’s roots run deepest in the central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond where his family continues to live.

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Guide to Wildlife Watching in Oregon

Grant walks readers through some of his favorite spots to watch birds, whales and other native Oregon wildlife. This is an in-depth guide for anyone looking to explore and observe the state’s animals.

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101 Oregon Adventures

A detailed rundown of the 101 best destinations in the Beaver State. Grant explores family-friendly destinations, adventures on the water, road trips and day trips all across Oregon.

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Oregon Adventures with the Kids

A detailed reference book for family-oriented outdoor adventures - with activities to engage any kid, from archery to clamming on the coast to hunting for thundereggs to zip-lining through the forest.

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