Wasson Creek (South Slough Estuary)

Length: .75 mile (loop) 

Difficulty: Easy 

Surface: Dirt, gravel


From Charleston, head west on Cape Arago Highway and in 0.1 miles turn south on Seven Devils Road.  Drive 4.5 miles following signs to South Slough Interpretive Center and continue about 1 mile turning left on Hinch Road, the second access to the slough.  Follow Hinch Road 0.8 mile to a road to the right (south) marked by a sign with binoculars.  Turn right here and continue to the parking area.

Setting and Attractions:

Song birds, birds of prey, elk and deer are evidence of the wonderful variety of habitats in the area.  In the early 1860s George R. Wasson, a successful logger, sawmill owner/builder, miner married Susan Adulsa, daughter of a Coos Headman. They lived on Susan Adulsa’s allotment, along what now is known as Wasson Creek. Such allotments were granted as restitution for land taken from Indians by the Federal Government.

Trail description:

The trail begins at a freshwater wetland and continues across the valley and returns through an upland forest of Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock.  Crossing the Wasson Creek is a great place to look for signs of beaver which like the red alder, salmonberry, sword fern, sedges, and skunk cabbage.  The trail ends on a gravel road which continues back to the parking lot with Winchester Creek drainage in the distance.

For more information, trail conditions and maps contact: South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) at (541) 888-5558 or visit their website at www.southsloughestuary.org