We will meet at the South Slough National Estuarine Reserve Interpretive Center parking lot at 9:30 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 may be limited to a shorter hike.
NOTE: On the day of the hike, I may opt to reverse the route, starting down the North Creek Trail.
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 and the trails here.
The restrooms at the Interpretive Center have been closed on the weekends.
Location and Time
Meet 9:30 am at the parking area at the Interpretive Center.
Driving Directions: From the North–From Hwy 101 in downtown Coos Bay follow the signs about 9 miles to 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 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.
New Hike Guidelines
Hike groups will be limited to 15 people.
You will be asked to complete the registration form below so that we can control the number.
Hikers will be asked to maintain social distance (as much as 10-12 feet) on the trail
Hikers will be asked to have face covering (like a bandana) that can be pulled up at tight spots on the trail
Hikers should step off the trail to let others pass
Volunteers needed to help lead hikes!
The 15 person limit will be strictly adhered to unless I have a volunteer to lead part of the group. If you want to volunteer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The hike isn’t difficult to lead and I can verbally walk you though the trail maps. We mainly need to break into smaller groups because of locations where we tend to gather.
There are two things that are preventing group hikes from re-starting. The first is the large number of COVID-19 cases in Coos County, which makes it risky to hang out in large groups. That will end soon, so if that was the only problem, hikes would resume.
Unfortunately, the second problem doesn’t seem to be going away. We need people to lead hikes, and the last time I asked for volunteers, only one person came forward. We need several people who are ready to lead. One person can’t lead every hike, and the one person who HAS been leading the hikes needs to step back and either enjoy the hikes from the back, or have the flexibility to do something else on hike days.
I have all the resources to schedule and plan hikes, but I need human resources to lead. Please email me at email@example.com about your willingness to lead, and note which hikes you might want to lead. Include your phone number.
Once I have a few people willing to do this, I’ll schedule a Zoom meeting so that we can agree on a schedule.
Some potential hikes that we could schedule soon:
This is a fairly easy hike, and it’s a good time of year to do it because the skunk cabbages are in bloom
Sunset Bay to Cape Arago.
This will avoid the Pack Trail and the Perimeter Trail, which have some problems with downed trees
Golden and Silver Falls
Good flow at this time of year, and wildflowers. We probably won’t do the walk out to the old homestead, opting instead to hike to two viewpoints of each of the falls
This is a hike from Sunset Bay to Yoakum point, a fairly easy hike through the woods followed by some good views at Yoakum Point.
Sweet Creek Falls
It’s a trip to get there, but once there we will see great views along the creek, and multiple viewpoints of the falls.
Combines woods, dunes, and a beach walk…a little of everything the coast has to offer.
Blacklock Point from Floras Lake
A beautiful walk through the woods and along the coast with great views along the way. It’s a well defined trail.
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. The hike can be lengthened with a hike along the Siltcoos River to the beach.
Name your hike
If there is a hike you want to lead that’s not listed here, just suggest it.