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

(Click on hike for description)

  • April 29, 2017 (Saturday--8:30)--Tide pools, critters and seaweeds, oh My!

    Special Event to take advantage of a -2.27 foot tide

     

    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 8:45 a.m. to late morning.  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 8:30 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 7:45,
    • Rays in Bandon— 7:30,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—7:30,
    • Dune Information Center in Reedsport— 7:10.

     

    Note--the early times allow us to make the most of the low tide.

     

     

     

  • May 13, 2017 (Saturday--10:00)--Camp Myrtlewood

    Camp Myrtlewood is an environmental stewardship and hospitality ministry of the Church of the Brethren. Welcome! Camp is made up of 158 acres of temperate rainforest, streams, meadows and rustic buildings nestled in the coast range of southern Oregon. Launched in 1936 with a land donation, Camp hosts over 2000 people per year.

     

    We will hike the camps trails, and short and long versions of the hike will be offered.

     

    Meet at 10:00 at Camp Myrtlewood, which is located off Highway 42 — 3.5 miles south of the hamlet of Bridge on Myrtle Creek Road. For Google Earth and GPS fans, Camp is at 42°59'15" N and 124°00'46" W.

     

    Myrtle Creek Road is about 9 miles East of Myrtle Point.

     

     Suggested carpool sites and departure times:

    • Bay Area Visitor Center - 8:45,
    • Coquille Visitor Center - 9:15
    • Rays in Bandon - 8:45

     

  • May 20, 2017 (Saturday--9:00)--Let's Walk and Talk Together--Community Event

  • May 21, 2017 (Sunday--9:30)--Rocky Peak

     

    Hike Description: The 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.

     

    Location and Time

     

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

     

    Directions: A group 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
  • June 3, 2017 (Saturday--7:30)--Hanging Rock and Panther Ridge

    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.

    We will leave from the OSU County Extension Office in Myrtle Point at 7:30am

     

    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 6:35am,
    • Coquille Visitor Center 7:05 am,
    • Ray’s in Bandon 6:35 am,
    • OSU Ext. in Myrtle Point 7:30 am,
    • Reedsport Visitor Center 5:35 am,
    • Battle Rock Park 5:30 am.

     

     

     

  • June 10, 2017 (Saturday--9:00)--Cape Arago Pack /New Perimeter Trail

    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.

     

    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 17, 2017 (Saturday--9:00)--CONNECT! the Boardwalks Community Walk

  • June 24, 2017 (Saturday--10:00)--Eel Lake Trails and Strider Picnic

    Eel Lake Hike and Strider Picnic

    Saturday June 24

     

    One of our favorite hikes.

     

    This experience can be appropriate for paddlers as well as hikers.

     

    There will be 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.

     

    If you are a paddler, 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.

    Location and Time

     

    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.
  • July 8, 2017 (Saturday--7:15)--Iron Mountain Hike

    We will be following a new route on this beautiful hike.

     

    In the past, we have set up a shuttle, which meant a lot of slow driving along gravel roads (twice).  Because the view from the road is beautiful, we'll hike the shuttle route, providing more hike time.

     

    On the hike 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 .

     

    NOTE:  People wanting a shorter hike can return from the tower to the parking area.

     

    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.

    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 23, 2017 (Sunday--10:00)--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 10:00 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—9:00,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—9:00,
    • Ray’s in Bandon—9:20,
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—9:30

     

     

  • August 6 (Sunday--10:oo)--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 10:00 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  9:15,
    • Coquille Visitor Center 9:15,
    • Dune Information Center in Reedsport 8:50
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center in Port Orford  9:15.
  • August 12 (Saturday--8:00)--Kentucky Falls and 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 8:00 am--Caravan to site

     

    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 Kentucky Falls trail head around 9:30.  Some gravel roads and pot holes are on our route so we will go easy.

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and departure times—

    • Reedsport Visitor Center  - 8:00,
    • Bay Area Visitor Center—7:15,
    • Rays in Bandon—6:40,
    • Coquille Visitor Center—6:40,
    • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—6:10
  • August 27 (Sunday--10:00)--Siltcoos Lake Trails

    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 can 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.

     

     

  • September 17 (Sunday--8:00)--Mount Bolivar

    Join us for a 1.4 mile hike to the summit of Mount Bolivar which at 4319 feet is the highest peak in the Oregon Coast Range. The trail is only 1.4 miles to the summit on a series of switchbacks but the elevation gain is 1160 feet.

     

    Not to worry, just take your time and enjoy the many views and the amazing variety of plant life along your way in the Wild Rogue Wilderness and soon you will reach the summit and a wide open

    view in every direction.

     

    This is a difficult 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.

     

    If the 2.8 mile trip up Mt. Bolivar and back isn’t enough for you. You can do a 1 mile hike to Coquille Falls and back or a .25 mile hike to Elk Creek Falls or a 2 mile hike on the Big Tree trail or

    just hang out at Elk Creek Falls and cool your aching feet in the creek before returning.

    Meet at the OSU County Extension office in Myrtle Point at 8:00.

     

    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.

     

    NOTE--We will Caravan and carpool (about 90 minutes) to the trailhead.

     

    Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:

    • Coos Bay Visitor Center 7:00 am
    • Coquille Visitor Center 7:15 am,
    • Ray’s in Bandon 7:00am,
    • OSU Ext. Myrtle Point 8:00am,
    • Reedsport Visitor Center 5:30am.
  • September 30 (Saturday--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.  Short hikers may want to opt to do the Threemile lake portion to the lake and then return.

     

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    Take a longer more vigorous hike on a 6 mile loop combining the Tahkenitch Dune trail and the Threemile Lake trail.  We will all hike together on the Threemile lake trail through a mature and mossy Spruce forest to Threemile lake, and then pass through the dunes to the beach, and finally return on the Tahkenitch Dune Trail.

     

    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
  • October 15 (Sunday--10:00) Dellenback Dunes

    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 28 (Saturday--10:00) South Slough Trails

    We will meet at the  South Slough National Estuarine Reserve Interpretive Center parking lot at 10:00 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.

     

    Meet at Interpretive Center Parking Lot at 10:00 AM

     

    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.

     

  • 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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