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 2016 Hikes

(Click on hike for description)

  • December 26, 2015 (Saturday, 9:00)--Hall Lake & Dellenback Dunes Winter Yardanging

    Winter Weather and the wind make for some very cool looking sand sculptures geologist refer to as “Yardangs”. You can take a 3 mile moderate to difficult trip up onto the dunes between Hall Lake and the ocean at a slow pace to enjoy the sandy artwork. We are talking slow and steady - easy does it. Hiking sticks make this a much more enjoyable trip. This trip should last about 2-2.5 hours.

     

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    Head on out to the beach with Kim Griffin and Dave Gray and return on the Dellenback Dunes Trail or to Hall Lake for a 6 - 7 mile round trip. Rated difficult

     

    * Those going on the long hike should meet at Dellenback Dunes Trail head at 8:30am and drop a vehicle or two before heading to Hall Lake to start your hike or just plan to return to Hall Lake from the beach.

     

    Walking sticks and sturdy shoes will help make the walk more enjoyable for you.

     

    Dress for the weather , bring water and pack a lunch if you plan on the longer hike.

     

     

     

     

    Both hikes leave from the Hall Lake Day use area at 9:00

     

    Driving Directions: Hall Lake is about 10 miles south of Reedsport and 17 miles north of Coos Bay on the west side of hwy. Take Hwy 101 to Wildwood Drive (opposite Tugman State Park entrance) and turn left into day-use area at Hall Lake.

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:

    • Reedsport Visitor Center—8: 15,
    • Coos Bay Visitor Center—8:10,
    • Ray’s in Bandon—7:55,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—7:55.
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—7:00.

     

     

  • January 8-10, 2016 (Friday through Sunday)--Redwood Romp

    We will take several hikes deep into Tall Tree Territory to explore some of earth's largest living life forms and ancient environments.

     

    Hikes Saturday and Sunday will range from ~ 3-7 miles each.  Routes are mostly on good tread trail, with some ups and downs, a couple steep sections, plus some cross country off trail bushwacking.  Overall: moderate - difficult.

     Carpooling can be worked out in advance, so email soon if you're interested and we'll  put you in touch with each other in time to work out details.

     

    More details: We'll leave Friday evening January 8th at 5pm and return Sunday evening January 10th.

     

    Email southcoaststrider@gmail.com to reserve a spot and to receive more details on accommodations (in a private home/or camping) and meal requirements.

     

    For hiking you will need to bring:

    • layers of clothing and full rain gear for a wide range of weather conditions;
    • good hiking boots;
    • food and water for 2 full day trips;
    • other personal items, snacks, etc. you'd like.

     

    Service dogs on leash are OK.

    Carpooling and chipping in for gas are encouraged!

    We'll leave from the Coos Bay Visitors Center at 5 p.m. sharp Friday evening 01/5/2014, with brief stops (if needed) at Ray's in Bandon (~ 5:40), at Battle Rock Visitor Center, Port Orford (~ 6:20), or points south, if needed.

     

    Count on ~ 130 miles and ~ 3 hrs. drive from Coos Bay to Crescent City, CA, where we'll be based at a house (no cost; tent and RV space also available if you like).

     

    Meeting Place:

     

    5:00 pm Friday - Jan 8

    caravan to Crescent City, CA from Coos Bay Visitor Center. southcoaststriders@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

     

     

     

     

  • January 30, 2016 (Saturday,  9:45)--Walkable North Bend

    Explore some of the many paths and trails commonly used by the folks in North Bend both past and present.

     

    You can join local authors and historians Dick and Judy Wagner on an easy to moderate 2 mile loop under the McCullough Bridge and through the woods to Ferry Park then along Bayview Ave and back up into town before returning to the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum.

     

    This hike should last about 2 hours.

     

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    Kim Griffin will lead a 5.5 mile loop at a little faster pace on the North Bend loop portion of the new Sawmill & Tribal Trail.

     

    This walk will head out along the Sawmill & Tribal Trail to post #12 on Pony Creek Rd then up the stairs at Lombard and along McPherson to the North Bend Boardwalk then on to Ferry Road Park before returning to the old Coos Historical and Maritime Museum.

     

    This hike is rated difficult and should last 3—3.5 hours

    We will stop for a half hour lunch/snack break at Ferry Road Park.

    We will meet at 9:45 in the parking lot of the “Old” Coos Historical and Maritime Museum.

     

     

     

    Directions:  The North Bend Visitor Center is just off Hwy 101 on the N end of town next to the old Historical Museum and Simpson Park

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    Suggested carpool sites & departure times:

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center—9:20,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—9:00,
    • Ray’s in Bandon—9:00,
    • Dune Information Center in Reedsport—9:00
  • February 13, 2016(Saturday, 9:00)--Bastendorff Bog

    Bastendorff Bog trail hike out and back.

     

     We'll hike from there along the bog trail, cross Cape Arago Hwy, and continue out to Yoakam Point.

     

    Those wanting a longer hike will continue north along Bastendorff Beach to the south jetty.

     

    Return the way we came, except perhaps for a leg along Light House Beach (tide depending) to Point Gregory (Cape Arago Lighthouse), then back to Sunset Bay.

     

    Be prepared for any weather conditions with foul weather gear, food and water. Moderate, ~ 4-5 mostly flat miles.

     

    Meet 9:00 am at day use parking lot, near volley ball courts and restrooms at south end of Sunset Bay.

     

    Driving Directions:  From Hwy 101 in downtown Coos Bay follow the signs 12.3 miles through Charleston to Sunset Bay State Park.  Park in the day use parking lot.

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center 8:15,
    • Rays in Bandon— 8:00,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—8:00,
    • Dune Information Center in Reedsport— 7:40.

     

  • February 20, 2016 (Saturday,  9:30)--Bandon Dunes

    Bandon Dunes is more than just a world class golf resort.  There are more than six miles of trails on the resort grounds.  We will explore those trails.

     

    Short Hike:  There are several opportunities to shorten the walk and return to the starting point.

     

    Long Hike: 6 mile scenic loop trail with woodlands, dunes, wetlands and a  side trip to the beach at Bandon Dunes Resort.  rated moderate

    Meet at 9:30 in the parking lot near McKee's Pub.

     

    From 101 turn at main entrance to Bandon Dunes Resort.

     

    Continue past guard station, turn right at stop sign then  follow signs to the main lodge.

     

    Turn into  parking lot on right and go to North end

  • March 6, 2016 (Sunday, 9:00)--Heceta Head , Hobbit trail, and China Creek

    The Hikes:  5-6 Mile Moderate hike including Beaches, the Heceta Head Lighthouse, and forested trails.  We anticipate hiking the Lighthouse trail, the Hobbit Beach trail, and part of the China Creek Trail.

     

    There will be an option to shorten the hike by eliminating any portion of the hike.

    9:00 am—North of  Florence. Exact Location TBD.

  • March 19, 2016 (Saturday, 10:00)--Golden & Silver Falls

    Hike Description:   A landslide has blocked the road so we will have to park 1.5 miles from the old trailhead and walk or bike in to the old trail head..

     

    Short Option:  Once there we will make a  2.8 mile roundtrip 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.

     

    That makes our short option 5.8 miles instead of 2.8 miles.

     

    Long Option:  For those wanting a longer hike we will be continuing another 1.7 miles beyond the falls for a 9.2 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.

     

    There are picnic tables next to the parking area at the beginning of the hike but I hear that the pit toilets have been locked since they are unable to be serviced.

     

    Bring lunch and water and rain gear, dress in layers, and wear sturdy waterproof boots.

     

     

     

     

    We will meet at Golden and Silver Falls new Trail head at 10:00 and walk in 1.5 miles to the old trail head then head up to the falls.

     

    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.
  • April 3, 2016 (Sunday, 8:00)--Sweet Creek Falls

    The Hikes:  The Sweet Creek/Beaver Creek area offers hikers a smorgasbord mountain stream and waterfalls experience.  There will be 4 different hikes all of which are out and back on the same trail and rated moderate.

     

    The first will be a 1/2 mile trip to view Beaver Creek Falls.

     

    The second will be a 1.2 mile hike to a different viewpoint of Beaver Creek Falls.

     

    The third hike will be 1.6 miles to Sweet Creek Falls.

     

    The final and best hike of the day will be a 1.6 mile hike along Sweet Creek on a trail that meanders along the water and actually  travels right over the creek on a railed catwalks that is bolted to the side of the canyon.

     

    All together you will hike 4.9 miles for the day.

     

    If you want to take it a little easier you can cut out the third hike and take a break while the rest of the group goes on this section.  Since the hikes are all “out and back” you can cut any of the hikes short and return to the parking area if you are getting tired. Plan on 4 hours for all the hikes—starting for home around 2pm.

     

    Bring lunch and water and rain gear, dress in layers, and wear sturdy waterproof boots.

    Meet at Dune Information Center in Reedsport at 8:00

    Directions: From Coos Bay Visitor Center in downtown Coos Bay travel 26.6 miles N on Hwy 101. Visitor center is on left directly opposite the turnoff for Hwy 38.   We will leave from the Dune Information Center at 8:00 and reach the Sweet Creek Falls trail head at 9:30.  Some gravel roads and deep pot holes are on our route but we will go easy.

     

    Suggested carpool sites & departure times:

    • Reedsport Visitor Center  - 8:00,
    • Public Parking north of Coos Bay Visitor Center—7:10,
    • Rays in Bandon—6:40,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—6:40,
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—5:50

     

     

  • April 9, 2016 (Saturday, 9:00)--Tide pools, critters and seaweeds, oh my! Special Event

    Special Event: We'll walk, talk, and explore the coastline in the vicinity of Sunset Bay State Park, looking at the organisms along the rocky intertidal and sandy shores. If you've ever wondered about the creatures in these neighborhoods, "The Blob", El Niño, sea star wasting disease, harmful algal blooms, climate change effects, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and other phenomena on the coast, here's your chance to learn about these from a local specialist. Meet at the day use parking lot at Sunset Bay. The trip will go from 9 a.m. to noon or later. Be prepared for all weather conditions with layered synthetic or wool clothing, full rain gear, sun screen and shades, and plenty of water and food. Wear footwear with good traction soles on the rocks — these are *very* slippery. There is some low key bouldering. Walking sticks or hiking poles may be helpful. Bring rubber knee boots or waders, or an old pair of sneakers if you have them, but be prepared to get wet up to your knees. Cameras and binoculars suggested. This hike is rated difficult, not due to distance — about 2 miles, but because of slippery rocks. This trip is not recommended for anyone without good balance. Extreme waves (including tsunami ) or weather will cancel. Note: collecting rocks, sand, plants, animals, and parts thereof is illegal in the state parks. No dogs for this hike.

    Meet 9:00 am at day use parking lot, near volley ball courts and restrooms at south end of Sunset Bay.

     

    Driving Directions:  From Hwy 101 in downtown Coos Bay follow the signs 12.3 miles through Charleston to Sunset Bay State Park.  Park in the day use parking lot.

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center 8:15,
    • Rays in Bandon— 8:00,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—8:00,
    • Dune Information Center in Reedsport— 7:40.

     

     

     

  • April 23, 2016 (Saturday, 10:00)--Siltcoos Lake trail

    The Siltcoos Lake trail makes a 4 mile loop through a coastal forest of Sitka Spruce, Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir to the shores of the largest freshwater lake on the Oregon coast.  It is a rolling trail but has a few steep places in it.   Paddlers might want to use this opportunity to check out the Siltcoos River Trail .

     

    Bring plenty of water, lunch and dress appropriately for the weather.

     

    If it is raining this trail can be a little muddy in places, so waterproof boots are recommended.

     

    Longer Hike

     

    While we are in the neighborhood we thought we would cross the highway and  take the Waxmyrtle trail out to the beach and back.    This is an additional 3 mile round trip.

     

    Dog owners:  Dogs will not be permitted on the beach because of Snowy Plover nesting restrictions, but they can go near to the beach and turn around.

     

    This is a National Forest Service day use area .

    A $5 day use fee per vehicle or appropriate pass is required for parking at this trailhead.

     

     

    Meet at 10:00 at trailhead parking lot.

    Directions to Siltcoos Lake Trail:   Travel on Highway 101 to trailhead parking on East side of highway 7 miles South of Florence near milepost marker 198.

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center 8:45am,
    • Coquille Visitor Center 8:15am,
    • Ray’s in Bandon 8:15am,
    • OSU Ext.  Myrtle Point 8:00am,
    • Reedsport Visitor Center 9:25am,
    • Battle Rock Park 7:35am.

     

     

  • May 7, 2016 (Saturday,  9:00)--Let's Walk and talk together -- Community Event

    Watch this site for details

     

  • May  15, 2016 (Sunday, 9:30)--Rocky Peak

    The Really Tough Hike: Reg Pullen will lead us on an exploration of this little known area of high rocky ridgeline habitat with views that reach from the Pacific Ocean to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  This 2.3 mile section of the old Asa Carey trail (circa.1870) climbs 1300 feet to a rocky outcropping at 3029 feet.  4.6 mile round trip.

     

    The full hike up to Rocky Peak has some very steep grades and is rated most difficult.

     

    The Less Difficult Hike: You will have the option to cover the first moderate to difficult portion of the Rocky Peak trail for some nice views and some interesting flora.

     

    We will stop at an overlook for lunch.  You can rest or do a little exploring in some of the nearby meadows and wooded areas and then we follow our new and "Kinder" path that the local deer were taking back up to the road before returning to the trailhead for a total of 3 miles.

     

     

     

    We will meet and caravan from the Battle Rock Park lot at 9:30am Saturday.

     

    Directions: We will leave from the Coos Bay Visitor Center at 8:00am or travel S on Hwy101 - 51 miles to the Battle Rock Park Visitor Center in Port Orford where we will leave to caravan to the trail at 9:30 sharp.

     

    Suggested Carpool Sites & departure times:

    • Bay Area Visitor Center—8:00,
    • Rays in Bandon—8:35,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—8:05,
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—9:30
  • May 21, 2016 (Saturday, 9:00 - see description)--Euphoria Ridge

    Don Ivy, Tribal Chief of the Coquille Tribe will lead us on a hike through a beautiful rocky meadow and give us some insight into how native people lived and interacted with the land and its resources and how they are managing those resources to support traditional uses.

     

    Don is going to change things a bit this year and take us into some additional areas, so the hike will be a bit longer.

     

    Hike is a moderate 4 miles but there are some steep climbs.  Plan on 3 to 3.5 hours.

     

    * This hike leaves the Bridge Country Store at 9:30 and is limited to 30 people.

     

    Email Tom Orsi at southcoaststriders@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

     

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    Don Luce & Dave Gray will lead an 8 mile hike from Euphoria Ridge to Bear Pen Creek. The hike will go through 4 trails sections from meadow to mature alder forest to old growth with old roads connecting them.  This hike is rated difficult and a shuttle set up is required to make it one way.

     

     * We leave the Bridge Store at 9:00 sharp in order to set up the shuttle and leave ahead of the next group.      Plan on 4 hours.

     

    Dress for the weather and for walking through tall wet grass.         Don’t forget water, it can get hot.

     

     

     

    We will meet and caravan from the Bridge Country Store.  Long hike leaves at 9am and Don Ivy's hike leaves at 9:30am.

     

    Driving Directions: From Myrtle Point, head east on Hwy 42.   Go approximately 9 mi., turn right into parking lot of the Bridge Country Store.  Don Luce's group will leave here at 9:00am.   Don Ivy’s group at 9:30am.

     

    Suggested carpool sites and departure times:

    • Bay Area Visitor Center - 7:45 or 8:15,
    • Coquille Visitor Center - 8:15 or 8:45,
    • Rays in Bandon - 7:45 or 8:15.
  • May 28 and  29, 2016(Saturday and Sunday, 7:15)--Hanging Rock - Panther Ridge Clay Hill to Rogue River Trail

    Hanging Rock in the Wild Rogue River Wilderness is perched at 3500 ft overlooking the Rogue River canyon and the rapids below.

     

    The Panther Ridge trail winds along this high ridge under magnificent stands of old growth timber with rhododendron and scrub oak and nest of bear grass.

     

    Hikers can either hike the easy to moderate 1.9 mile round trip to Hanging Rock and back or they can extend their hike along the Panther Ridge trail to Clay Hill for a 5.5 mile total hike - rated difficult.  Shuttle set up required. Hikers can finish the day with optional trips to Coquille Falls (1 mile moderate) and Elk Creek Falls (.25 miles easy),  which are both on our way back toward Powers.

     

    Bring at least 1 liter of water if you are taking the short hike and at least 2 if you plan on taking the longer hike.

     

    Boots and walking sticks are recommended for both hikes.

     

    A small group will backpack 4.5 miles down to the Rogue River on the Clay Hill trail and camp overnight then walk out 6 miles along the Rogue River Trail  to Big Bend Trail head on Sunday before going home.

     

    * You must register for the overnight trip by May 23 by emailing Tom Orsi at southcoaststriders@gmail.com

    We will leave from the OSU County Extension Office in Myrtle Point at 7:15am

     

    Directions to County Extension office in Myrtle Point:  From Coquille travel on Hwy 42 to Myrtle Point. As you enter town turn right on Ash St. then right on 6th street then right on Alder St.  Extension office is at 631 Alder St.

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center 6:20am,
    • Coquille Visitor Center 6:50am,
    • Ray’s in Bandon 6:20am,
    • OSU Ext. in Myrtle Point 7:15am,
    • Reedsport Visitor Center 5:20am,
    • Battle Rock Park 5:45am.

     

     

     

  • June 12, 2016(Sunday, 9:00)--Arago Pack Trail & New Perimeter Trail Loop/Striders Picnic

    Bring a picnic lunch and/or something to throw on the grill for the picnic at noon afterwards.

     

    Hike Description:   Take a 2.5 mile one way trip from Cape Arago Point on the Arago Pack Trail toward Simpson Reef ( we will stop there briefly to check out the local wildlife) then along the Oregon Coast Trail to a point .25 miles S of Shore Acres Botanical Garden.

     

    *Those wishing to end their hike here need to arrive a little early (8:15am) to set a vehicle beside the road .25 miles S of Shore Acres.

     

    For those wanting a longer hike we will cross the highway and take New Perimeter Trail and Arago Pack Trail back to Arago Point for a total of 7.5 miles of hiking.   The Short hike is rated moderate and the long hike is rated moderate to difficult.

    Plan on 2 hours for the short hike and 3 hours for the long hike.  Restrooms are at beginning and end of the long hike and a short drive from end of short hike.

     

     

     

    We will meet 9:00 at the Covered Pavilion at the end of the Arago Point loop for the hikes & picnic

     

    Driving Directions:  From Hwy 101 in downtown Coos Bay follow the signs 12.3 miles through Charleston to Sunset Bay State Park.  Continue past Simpson Reef overlook to the covered Pavilion out on the point.

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center 8:15,
    • Rays in Bandon— 8:00,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—8:00,
    • Dune Information Center in Reedsport— 7:40.

     

  • June 18, 2016 (Saturday, 8:30)--Connect the Boardwalks

    3rd ANNUAL CONNECT! The Boardwalks Community Walk

     

    WalkmasterKim S. Griffin

     

    Registration begins at 0830 at Coos Bay Boardwalk (THIS IS A CHANGE FROM 2015)

     

    Walk begins promptly at 0900.

     

    Living history moments between Coos Bay Boardwalk and Coos History Museum.

     

    3 walks:

    Short walk:  Lead walk Coos Bay Boardwalk to Coos History Museum (approx. 1 mile)

     

    Long walk: Lead walk Coos Bay Boardwalk to North Bend Boardwalk (approx. 4.8 miles)

     

    Speed walkers:  On-your-own Coos Bay Boardwalk to North Bend Boardwalk (approx. 4.8 miles one way).  Speed walkers take full responsibility for safely crossing Highway 101 as recommended.

     

    Shuttles will be provided to return walkers from North Bend Boardwalk

    Suggested Car Pool sites and times:

    • Coquille Visitor Center 7:55,
    • Ray’s in Bandon—7:55,
    • Dune Information Center in Reedsport—7:55

     

     

  • June 25, 2016 (Saturday, 8:30)--Sawmill & Tribal Trail to the Clamboree (Unconfirmed)

    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 and to enjoy the “Clamboree”

     

    We will meet at the Empire Boat Ramp parking at 8:30 a.m. then participants can either organize their own carpools.  You could also have someone drop you off at either of these starting points then meet you later at the Clamboree.   We should begin walking from both starting points shortly after 9am.

     

    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 8:30am 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.

     

  • July 17, 2016 (Sunday, 9:00)--Blacklock Point/Floras Lake

    Meet at the Boice-Cope County Park’s parking lot next to Floras Lake

     

    Join Reg Pullen for this rugged 8.5 mile journey from Floras Lake to Blacklock Point along beaches,  densely wooded trails and exposed rocky points with beautiful ocean views.

     

    A beautiful hike with plenty of history and local lore in the mix.

    This hike is rated difficult to most difficult.

     

    Dress in layers, windbreaker with a hood is highly recommended.  Bring water and something to eat.

    Meet at 9:00 at Boice-Cope County Park

     

    Directions: From Bandon or Coos Bay, travel south on Hwy. 101 to Langlois. Go 1/2 mile past Langlois and turn right (west) on Floras Lake Loop Road. Follow the signs 3 miles to Floras Lake and Boice-Cope County Park.

     

    Suggested Carpool Sites and departure times:

    • Bay Area Visitor Center—8:10,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—8:10,
    • Ray’s in Bandon—8:45,
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—8:40

     

     

  • July 23, 2016 (Saturday, 7:15)--Iron Mountain

    The Iron Mountain Trail is a rocky 2.7 mile journey through forest of Port Orford Cedar, Jeffrey Pine, Western White Pine and Brewer Spruce.

     

    We travel along the eastern border of the Iron Mtn Botanical Area and up to the site of an old look out tower at 4047 feet with unobstructed views in every direction including 16 miles out to the ocean.  Tan Oak, California Coffee Berry, Sadler Oak, Huckleberry Oak and Red Huckleberry make up much of the understory.  We will stop on the road up to view seeping springs full of Darlingtonia .

     

    This is a difficult rocky trail, so walking sticks and boots with good ankle support are highly recommended.

     

    Bring plenty of water, lunch and dress appropriately for both heat and windy exposed areas.

     

    We are traveling on gravel roads with pot holes, slumps, and some high centers.   A shuttle is required to position vehicles at each end of the trail.

     

    Passenger vehicles might scrub bottom occasionally, so high clearance vehicles are recommended.

     

    We will complete the days hiking with a 2.4 mile hike on Big Tree Trail from Elk Creek Falls.

    We will park at Elk Creek Falls and walk up the Big Tree Trail.  OR - - - You could just take it easy at Elk Creek Falls.

    Meet at 7:15 at the County Extension Office in Myrtle Point.

     

    Directions to County Extension office in Myrtle Point:  From Coquille travel on Hwy 42 to Myrtle Point. As you enter town turn right on Ash St. then right on 6th street then right on Alder St.  Extension office is at 631 Alder St.

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center 6:10am,
    • Coquille Visitor Center 6:45am,
    • Ray’s in Bandon 6:10am,
    • OSU Ext. Myrtle Point 7:15am,
    • Reedsport Visitor Center 5:30am.

     

     * If you are coming from Curry County just meet us at intersection of Agness Rd, FS 5325 & FS 3730 at 9:00am.

     

     

  • July 30, 2016 (Saturday, 9:00)--Cherry Creek Old Growth

    Hike Description:  This 3 mile trail was originally developed by the resident Roosevelt Elk and moves through dense forest and fallen trees with some steep ups and downs.

     

    Come see what the elk and wild life biologist have been enjoying since the mid 1970's and see what an real old growth forest looks like.

     

    We will travel to another hike nearby and take an additional 1/2 mile walk to China Wall ACEC  following our main hike.

     

    Bring lunch and water, dress in layers, long sleeves and pants and wear sturdy boots.

    Meet at 9:00 at the Coquille Community Center

     

    Driving Directions:  Take Hwy 42 to downtown Coquille and turn on Birch St.  The Community Center is next to the Library.

     

    Carpool Sites - departure times:

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center—8:20,
    • Rays in Bandon—8:20,
    • Reedsport Visitor Center– 7:15
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—7:35

     

     

  • August 7, 2016(Sunday,  9:00)--Bandon Historical Hike

    Join archaeologist and historian, Reg Pullen for a  4 mile walking tour of Bandon.  Reg  will share all the local lore and colorful history of Bandon while touring various historical points of interest.

     

     The total hike is 4 miles, rated moderate to difficult with some sand walking involved and should last 2.5 to 3 hours.

     

    The first part of the walk will take place in “Old Town Bandon” and if you aren’t up for the longer beach walk you can end your walk there.

     

    Dress appropriately for the weather.  A windbreaker with a hood is recommended for the beach section along with a walking stick.  Bring water.  You might want to pack a lunch to eat on the Bandon Boardwalk, or you might want to plan to eat at one of Bandon's many fine lunch spots.

    We will meet at 9:00 in Public Parking lot in Old Town Bandon at the corner of 2nd St SE and Alabama Ave.

     

    Directions – From Hwy 101 in Bandon, turn onto 2nd St SE and go south 3 blocks to corner of Alabama Ave.  Lot is just ahead of you at the corner.

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and departure times—

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center  8:15,
    • Coquille Visitor Center 8:15,
    • Dune Information Center in Reedsport 7:50
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center in Port Orford  8:15.
  • August 13, 2016(Saturday, 7:30)--Kentucky Falls & North Fork Smith River

    Our first hike is to Kentucky Falls and back. Kentucky Falls area offers views of 3 waterfalls two of which drop over 100 feet.  This hike is 2.2 miles down to falls then 2.2 miles back on switchback trail.  It is rated moderate to difficult.  Plan on 3.5 hours to complete the hike with plenty of time to relax, eat lunch, enjoy the falls and then walk back up the switch back trail at your leisure.

     

    For those who want a more challenging hike join  Kim Griffin and Dave Gray as they continue another 6.5 miles down along the N. Fork Smith River trail.  The trail winds back and forth over several rustic bridges through old growth forest of Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Western Red Cedar and Big Leaf Maples. We will make a side trip to the cable suspension bridge and eat lunch along the creek and  soak our tired feet.  Bring a towel.

     

    The long hike is rated most difficult with two wet stream crossings and climbing through and around down trees and small landslides and through salmonberry. Participants should plan on 6.5  hours for the total 9 miles of hiking.

     

    The long hike will require a shuttle.

     

     Long sleeve shirts, long pants, gloves, and some strap on sandals for wet crossings are required.

     

    Bring lunch and water and raingear, dress in layers, and wear sturdy waterproof boots.

    We will leave the Dune Information Center parking lot in Reedsport at 7:30am

     

    Directions – From Coos Bay Visitor Center in downtown Coos Bay travel 26.6 miles N on Hwy 101. Visitor center is on left directly opposite the turnoff for Hwy 38.  We will leave from the Dune Information Center at 7:30 and reach the Kentucky Falls trail head around 9:00.  Some gravel roads and pot holes are on our route so we will go easy.

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and departure times—

    • Reedsport Visitor Center  - 7:30,
    • Bay Area Visitor Center—6:45,
    • Rays in Bandon—6:10,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—6:10,
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—5:20
  • August 21, 2016(Sunday, 9:00)--Dry Creek-Wet Hike

    We are heading back to this beautiful  tributary of the Sixes River near Edson Creek Campground.

     

    Reg Pullen will lead us along Dry Creek, which  is  intermittently dry and wet along it’s course.  We will follow  the creek bed through woods, narrow canyons, over gravel bars and boulders with occasional sections of ankle deep  to knee deep or higher water.  We will be hiking along an old road that parallels the creek and this will take some of the creek hiking out of the trip.

     

    Hike is 10 - 12 miles out and back and rated difficult to most difficult

     

     * Sorry but dogs are not allowed on this hike due to the terrain and a high level of bear activity in this area.

     

    Those who are not up for the full 10-12 miles out and back can shorten their hike by returning on their own earlier in the hike.

     

    Sturdy boots or a pair of water sandals or tennis shoes are needed.  Whatever you wear they will be wet.

     

    * If you are going on the longer hike there may be some swimming involved, so leave your electronics at home or make sure everything is packed in water tight containers.

     

    Walking sticks are recommended.   Pack a lunch and dress appropriately for the weather.

     

     

    We will leave from the parking lot of the Sixes Post Office at 9:00am sharp.

     

    Driving Directions:  From Coos Bay Visitor Center drive 45.5 miles South on Hwy 101.  Turn right/west into parking lot of Sixes Post Office on other side of highway from turn off for Edson Campground on CR184 / Sixes River Road.

     

     

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and Departure Times:

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center 7:45,
    • Dune Information Center in Reedsport 7:00,
    • Rays in Bandon—8:15,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—7:45,
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—8:30
  • August 27, 2016(Saturday, 10:00)--North Spit Trails

    Kim Griffin will lead us on a 6 mile hike on the trails at North Spit.

     

    We will be traveling along the bay, through dunes, wetlands, and coastal forest and along the beach.

     

     There will be plenty of loose sand on this walk, so you need to be prepared for that.

     

    We are rating this hike as difficult and you should plan on 3.5 to 4 hours to complete the trip.

     

    Bring lunch and plenty of water. Don't forget your sunscreen or other sun protection. Walking sticks recommended.

     

    Don Luce will lead a shorter  3 mile  hike  which is rated moderate to difficult.  We will make a shorter loop through dunes, and coastal forest to the beach and back.  Some walking and climbing in  loose sand will be involved. Plan on  2.5 hours. This hike is rated moderate to difficult.

    Meet at 10:00 at the BLM Boat Ramp

     

    Directions – From North Bend, drive north across the McCullough Bridge. Turn left (west) at the Horsfall Dune Beach sign. Follow the TransPacific Parkway 4 miles to the BLM boat ramp.

     

     

    Suggested Carpool Sites and Departure times:

    • Coquille Visitor Center—9:00,
    • Ray’s in Bandon—9:00,
    • Dunes Information Center in Reedsport—9:10,
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—8:15
  • September 11, 2016(Sunday, 8:30)--Cape Mountain Trails

    The hike:  Beautiful wooded trails and high meadows  with views that go on for miles.   We have put together a sampler of this wonderful  17 mile trail system  that offers  lots  of options for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.

     

    Our long hike will be 7 miles and will combine the Wapati Trail, Nelson Ridge Trail and Tasha trail.

     

    We will lunch in the meadow at the site of an old lookout tower.

     

    Hikers will have the option to shorten their hike to 3 miles by branching off on the Lookout Loop trail.

     

    The short hike will be 3 miles and is rated moderate overall,  but you still have to make the climb up to the lookout.

     

    The longer hike is 7 miles and is rated difficult overall.

     

    Dress for the weather and bring plenty of water and something to eat.

     

    Hiking Sticks will make the climbing  easier.

    Meet at 8:30 at N. end of Fred Meyer parking lot in Florence then drive to Dry Lake trail head

    Driving Directions:  Take Hwy 101 N through Florence, OR.   Fred Meyer ( on your left) is part of large shopping center on N. side of town.  We will meet on the N end of the lot next to the gas station.

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and Departure Times:

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center—7:00,
    • Dune Information Center in Reedsport 7:40,
    • Rays in Bandon—6:30, Coquille Visitor Center—6:30,
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—5:50
  • September 18, 2016(Sunday, 10:00)--Tahkenitch Dunes & Threemile Lake Trails

    Experience the amazing diversity of the Oregon coast range on either of these two hikes.

     

    You can travel out along the Tahkenitch Dunes Trail as it winds through the woods to where Tahkenitch Creek empties onto the beach and return along the same trail for a 3.5 mile trip out and back.  Participants will return to the parking area on their own.  This hike should last 2.5—3 hours.

     

     or

     

    Take a longer more vigorous hike with Don Luce who will lead you on a 6 mile loop combining the Tahkenitch Dune trail and the Threemile Lake trail.  We will all hike together on the Tahkenitch Dune Trail to the beach then hike north along the beach then back through the dunes past the beautiful and remote Threemile lake then through a mature and mossy Spruce forest then back to the parking lot.

     

    The long  hike is rated difficult and should last 4 hours.

     

    Bring lunch, plenty of water and dress in layers for hot and sunny to cold, foggy and windy weather.

     

     

    Meet at 10:00 at the Day Use Parking Lot

     

    Directions:  8 miles North of Reedsport on your left , Mile post marker 204 on Hwy 101.

     

    This is a Forest Service day  use area .

     

    A $5 day use fee per vehicle or appropriate pass is required for parking at this trailhead.

     

    Suggested carpool sites and departure times:

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center—8:45,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—8:10,
    • Ray’s in Bandon—8:10,
    • Dunes Information Center in Reedsport—9:35,
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—7:30
  • September 25, 2016(Sunday, 7:30)--Barklow Mountain

    This trail follows the ridge to the location of the old fire lookout on the highest point of Barklow Mountain at 3,579 foot elevation.  The trip to the summit and back is 3.7 miles out and back with a 1100 foot elevation gain and is rated difficult.  This spot offers excellent views of the Siskiyou Mountains.

     

    We will all go to the summit together then those who want a longer and more difficult hike can continue along the north  ridge of Barklow Mountain to the east trail head at FS-3363 and return to our starting point for a total hike of 8 miles rated - most difficult.  Most of this trail is within the Copper-Salmon Wilderness.

     

    This is a difficult  and steep rocky trail, so walking sticks and boots with good ankle support are highly recommended.

     

    Bring plenty of water, lunch and dress appropriately for either warm or cold rainy conditions and windy exposed areas.

     

    There may be some bush-whacking so bring your gloves and wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.

     

    We are traveling on gravel roads with pot holes, slumps, and some high centers.   Passenger vehicles might scrub bottom occasionally, so high clearance vehicles are recommended.  We will try to consolidate in high clearance cars when we meet at Ray's in Bandon.

    We will leave the parking lot of Ray's Grocery in Bandon at 7:30am

     

    Directions to Ray’s in Bandon:  Ray’s is located just off Hwy 101 on the North end of Bandon.

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center 6:45am,
    • Coquille Visitor Center 6:45am,
    • Ray’s in Bandon 7:30am,
    • Reedsport Visitor Center 6:00am.

     

     *If you are coming from Curry County just meet us at intersection of Hwy 101 and CR 308 / Elk River Rd.  We leave there at 8:00am sharp.

     

  • October  2, 2016(Sunday, 10:00)--Dellenback Dune and Tenmile Creek

    Kim Griffin will lead 9 miles total hike to the beach on the John Dellenback Dune Trail then south along the beach  and return across the dunes from near 10 mile creek.  This is a spectacular but very difficult hike in loose sand if it doesn’t rain prior to the hike.  Dress in layers, bring plenty of water and lunch and plan on 5 hours to complete the hike.

     

    There will be an option to cut your trip short and return "self- guided" to the trail head after a short trip out onto the dunes for a taste of the stark beauty they provide. This hike approximately 2-2.5 miles long and is rated moderate but some walking in deep sand is involved. Trip should last 2 hours.

     

     

    We will meet at the Dellenback Dunes Trail head at 10:00.

     

    Directions:  From Coos Bay Visitor Center, travel north on Hwy. 101 - 15.4 miles to John Dellenback Dunes Trail on left next to S. Eel Creek Campground.

     

    Carpool Sites and departure times:

    • Bay Area Visitor Center—9:20,
    • Rays in Bandon—8:50,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—8:50,
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—8:10,
    • Reedsport Visitor Center -  9:25

     

  • October 15, 2016(Saturday, 10:00)--Eel Lake Trail

    Join us for one of our favorite hikes.

     

    Hikers, Paddlers, & Swimmers are all invited to join us.

     

    Don Luce  will lead a 4 mile hike out and back along the Eel Lake Trail.  This is a beautiful and fairly level trail which runs around the south edge of the lake for 3 miles.

     

    Kim Griffin will lead the longer hike (6 miles total ) at a brisker pace out to the end of the trail and back for those of you who want more of a workout.  Hikers can explore the lakes many inlets and maybe catch a glimpse of osprey,  eagle and deer  as you walk through forests of spruce, cedar, fir, and alder.

     

    Eel Lake is also a very nice flat water paddle & has a swimming area (swimmers should wear wetsuits this time of year).

     

    You might consider coming early (7:30am) to paddle on the lake before the wind picks up.   If you time it right you could get in a nice paddle and then go on the hike at 10 am.

    Meet at day use area at 10:00

     

    Driving Directions: From the Visitor Center in downtown Coos Bay drive 18 miles N. on Hwy 101 to Tugman State Park on your right. Turn in and follow the signs to the day use area at Eel Lake.

     

     Suggest Carpool Sites and Departure Times:

    • Reedsport Visitor Center—9: 30,
    • Coos Bay Visitor Center—9:20,
    • Ray’s in Bandon—8:55,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—8:55.
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—8:00.
  • November 26, 2016(Saturday, 9:00)--South Slough Trails

    We will meet at the  South Slough National Estuarine Reserve Interpretive Center parking lot at 9:00 AM.  Then our hike leaders will take us on a series of trails through the reserve, including the Middle Creek trail, the Hidden Creek Trail, the  Tunnel Trail, and the Sloughside trail.  Short hikers can return to the Interpretive Center via the Railroad Trail and the Middle Creek Trail.

     

    Those wanting a longer hike can take the North Creek Trail back to the Interpretive Center.  Please note that there are no dogs allowed on the North Creek Trail, so if you are bringing your pet, you will be limited to the short hike.

     

    Hikers wanting to explore more may want to complete the day with some hikes on the South Reserve Trails.

     

    You can find a brochure about the South Slough trails here.

     

    Driving Directions:  From the North--From Hwy 101 in downtown Coos Bay follow the signs about 9 miles t0 Charleston.  Shortly after the Charleston drawbridge, take a left on Seven Devils Road.  Follow Seven Devils for 4.1 miles to the Interpretive Center.

     

    From Bandon (and South):  Follow 101 North to West Beaver Hill Road (9 miles North of Bandon).  Turn left on W. Beaver Hill, toward Charleston.  Follow W. Beaver Hill for 6.1 miles until it becomes Seven Devils Road.  Follow Seven Devils for 2.2 miles to the Interpretive Center.

     

    From Coquille:  Take 42W toward Coos Bay for 4.5 miles to N. Bank Road.  Take a left on N. Bank and follow it 4.3 miles to W. Beaver Hill Road.  W. Beaver Hill Rd. will cross 101 (with a right turn followed quickly by a left turn) in 2.5 miles.  Follow W. Beaver Hill road 6.1 miles until it becomes Seven Devils.  Follow Seven Devils for 2.2 more miles to the Interpretive Center.

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center 8:15,
    • Rays in Bandon— 8:00,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—8:00,
    • Dune Information Center in Reedsport— 7:40.

     

  • December 10, 2016 (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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