Colorado Street, Yachats

Colorado Street is a narrow gravel residential street in Yachats, Oregon, near milepost 161 on US 101.  It runs west from US 101 to the Pacific Ocean shore, and is assigned beach access point number  72  in Oregon's system of numbered beach access points.  It provides access to the long sandy Lincoln County beach running northward from Yachats to Waldport.  This access point is not well suited to visits from travelers, because there is no parking on the street, and the streets nearby are narrow.

If you want to visit, park at Tillicum Beach and walk 0.6 miles southward on the beach.  Alternatively, if you have more time, park at Smelt Sands State Natural Site and walk half a mile north on the Yachats 804 Trail along the rocky shoreline to the south end of the beach just north of Salmon Street.  Continue 2.2 miles northward on the long, sandy beach.

For hikers on the Oregon Coast Trail, the Salmon Street beach access doesn't offer much.  Instead, follow the Yachats 804 Trail south from the end of the beach at least as far as Smelt Sands and check your smartphone map app for supplies and lodgings nearby.

I've seen the beach here entirely covered by surf at higher tides, waves lapping the riprap that residents have placed to try to slow the ocean's conquest of their real estate.  Watch out for sneaker waves.

Written 2020.