Hiking for Health with the South Coast Striders

The South Coast Striders is a hiking group which plans and delivers free hikes in cooperation with the Bay Area Hospital, and the Coos County Women's Health Coalition.  We are just a bunch of hikers who hike regularly and welcome others to come along.


If you are new to hiking with us (or just want to refresh yourself), check out the New Participants' Guide and "Things you should consider before you begin hiking."


For additional information or to receive notification of upcoming hikes - send email to southcoaststriders@gmail.com.


Southcoast Striders Upcoming Hikes

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Scheduling for 2018 hikes will begin soon.

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  • November 19 (Sunday--9:00) Sawmill and Tribal Trail

    The Sawmill & Tribal Trail honors paths developed by Coos tribal ancestors that connected their bayside villages and hunting grounds.  Later settlers also used these trail.  Today we are traveling the Sawmill & Tribal Trail to learn more about our local history and native plant life.


    We will meet at the Empire Boat Ramp parking at 9:00 a.m. then participants can either organize their own carpools for a shuttle to Ferry Road Park.


    You can walk 2 1/4 miles of the trail to Empire from the Lakeshore Drive entrance of John Topits park or walk the entire 5.6 miles of the trail to Empire from the end of Ferry Road in North Bend.


    Citizens from Coos Bay, North Bend, and the Confederated Tribes have all worked together to develop this historic urban trail.


    We hope you enjoy it.!!



    We will meet at the Boat Ramp parking in Empire at 9:00 am then head out to the starting points from there.

    Directions to Empire Docks:  From Hwy 101 - go 2.9 miles west on Newmark Ave. then turn left onto Arago hwy.  Take your first right onto Michigan Ave. and continue to docks.


    Directions to Ferry Road Park:  Go N. on Hwy 101 through North Bend - take the last right turn (Ferry Rd) before the McCullough Bridge and continue. 2 miles to park on your left.


    Directions to Lakeshore Drive Entrance of John Topits Park:  From Hwy 101 - Go west on Newmark Ave. for 1 mile - trun right at light onto Broadway St. - Go .5 miles and turn left on 17th ST.  - continue 1 mile on 17th which turns into 16th then into Lakeshore Drive - Paved pull out and gated park entrance on your left.


  • December 9, 2017 (Saturday--9:00) Blossom Gulch and Beyond

    The long hike will be led by Kim Griffin, who will lead us along Blossom Gulch Trail up to the radio towers, then to Libby Rd and back to Blossom Gulch.  The long hike will be approximately 11 miles, and is rated difficult.  Dress in layers, bring rain gear, plenty of water and lunch, and plan on three to four hours to complete the hike.


    For a short option, hikers can cut the trip short and return from the radio towers.  Hikers taking this option will hike 4 miles.


    Both the long and short hikes begin with a very steep uphill climb.




    We will leave from the Blossom Gulch elementary school at 9:00 am


    Driving Directions:  From the north, take 101 South to Commercial Avenue.  Turn right on Commercial, then left on N 7th Street, then fight onto Central.  After three blocks turn left on S 10th street, which will take you to the school.

    From the South, take 101 North to Elrod Ave.  Take a left on Elrod.  Follow Elrod several blocks to South 10th St.  Turn right on South 10th, and you will be at the school.


    Suggested Carpool Locations & Departure Times:


    • Coquille Visitor Center—8:10
    • Ray’s in Bandon—8:10
    • Dune Information Center in Reedsport—8:05



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