Golden and Silver Falls

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hike Description:   The road is now open to the trailheads, so the total hike will be shorter than it was in recent years.

 

Short Option:  We will make a  2.8 mile round trip hike that climbs a switchback trail through old growth forest of Douglas Fir, Big Leaf Maple and Oregon Myrtle trees up past two beautiful waterfalls both of which are over 100 ft.   Those who wish to extend the short option may want to follow two short trails for additional views of the falls.

 

 Long Option:  For those wanting a longer hike we will be continuing another 1.7 miles beyond the falls for a 6.3 mile total trip.  We will visit an old homestead site and then hike along Frog Creek where we will stop for lunch. So pack a lunch and plan to sit back above the falls and drink it all in.

 

 

Bring lunch and water and rain gear, dress in layers, and wear sturdy waterproof boots.   Note that the crossing of Frog Creek CAN be very wet.

 

Location and Time

 

We will meet at Golden and Silver Falls trail head at 10:00.

 

Directions:  From the Coos Bay Visitor Center take Hwy 101 south.   Turn left on Newport Ave/ Coos River Hwy.  Continue for .5 mile - cross the bridge then bear 90 degrees left onto 6th Ave/Coos River Hwy.  The road will make another 90 degree turn to the right and you will  pass the Coach House Restaurant on your right shortly after that.  Continue for .5 mile and turn right onto D Street/Coos River Hwy at the stop sign.  You are following the signs to Allegany.  Continue .8 mile and bear left across the bridge onto S. Coos River Hwy.   Continue 1.5 mile then turn left on East Fork Millicoma Rd. and cross bridge. After bridge turn right and continue on East fork Millicoma Rd. for 19 miles through the town of Allegany before turning left onto gravel Glen Creek Rd.   Continue on Glen Creek Rd for 3 miles to parking area.

 

 Suggested Carpool sites & Departure Times:

  • Coos Bay Visitor Center—8:50,
  • Coquille Visitor Center—8:20,
  • Ray’s in Bandon—8:10,
  • Dunes Information Center in Reedsport—8:00,
  • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—7:30.

 

 

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