Heceta Head Lighthouse Viewpoint closes Aug. 15 for construction (2011)
Project to improve west parking lot and lighthouse trail
Heceta Head Lighthouse parking lots and trail will close to the public for approximately 7 weeks beginning Aug. 15, 2011. There will be no access to the park or lighthouse until the work is completed, probably by Sept. 30, 2011.
The US Forest Service (USFS) and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) are partnering to improve the west parking lot and the uneven, erosion-prone ½-mile trail leading to the lighthouse. The east parking lot also will close to serve as a staging area for the project contractor. The USFS and OPRD are partnering on the project because the work occurs on lands owned by both.
The project will reshape and repave the west parking lot to improve drainage and repair erosion damage, chronic problems at the site. A new sidewalk leading to the beach will improve accessibility to the beach. Trail work includes installing culverts and shifting parts of the trail into the hillside, a safety move to counter severe erosion. New benches and interpretive signs will be added to the trail, and the trail surface at the lighthouse will be improved.
The historic assistant lighthouse keeper’s house, which the USFS operates through a concessionaire as a B&B, will remain open, although parking will be limited.
Although the parking lot and trail project is expected to take 4-7 weeks, much of the work depends on the weather.
Heceta Head (park info, map & directions)