Month: May 2021

Eel Lake Hike, Saturday June 5, 2021

Eel Lake Hike, Saturday June 5, 2021

This hike has a short and a long option.

This hike is limited to about 15 people, but if demand is high (and we have enough leaders) we can stagger start times. Also, because a short hike is offered, we can accommodate more people.

Requires Registration–Registration Form

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. Short hikes will turn around after 2 miles.

The longer hike (6 miles total ) will proceed 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 lake’s many inlets and maybe catch a glimpse of osprey,  eagle and deer  as you walk through forests of spruce, cedar, fir, and alder.

Pack a lunch to eat in the picnic area after the hike.

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. The 10:00 hike start time gives you a chance for two activities.

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.


Coming Soon! Hanging Rock

Blacklock Point from Floras Lake–Saturday, May 22, 2021

Blacklock Point from Floras Lake–Saturday, May 22, 2021

This hike is limited to about 15 people, but if demand is high (and we have enough leaders) we can stagger start times. Also, because a short hike is offered, we can accommodate more people.

Requires Registration–Registration Form

Join us for this rugged 8.2 mile journey from Floras Lake to Blacklock Point, starting along the lake, through densely wooded trails and exposed rocky points with beautiful ocean views.

There will be a short version of the hike (approximately 4 miles) that will combine a walk along the beach with comments from Don Luce on how living things have adapted to life near the ocean.

The longer hike is a beautiful hike that is mostly level, and the trail is in excellent condition. It begins (and ends) with soft sand, but by staying near the lake you will have pretty solid footing.

This hike is rated difficult, but that’s mainly due to the length. Because it’s an ‘out and back,’ the distance can be shortened by turning around at any point.

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

Plan on 4-5 hours for the hike if you don’t return early (which is an option). There is a ‘restroom’ at the trailhead that’s usually in pretty rough shape. People have used the campground restroom in the past.

New Hike Guidelines

  1. Hike groups will be limited to 15 people.
  2. You will be asked to complete a registration form so that we can control the number.
  3. Hikers will be asked to maintain social distance on the trail for the comfort of fellow hikers
  4. Un-vaccinated hikers should plan on using face covering in crowded spots.
  5. Hikers should step off the trail to let others pass

Location and Time

Meet at 9:30 at Boice-Cope County Park. If the demand is high, and we have a leader, we will have a second starting time about 10 minutes later.

NOTE: There is a $5 Day Use Fee at Boice-Cope Park. In the past this has sometimes even been enforced on vehicles parked on the road.

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.

Remember to complete registration form.

Tahkenitch Dunes Hike, May 9

Tahkenitch Dunes Hike, May 9

Requires Registration. Sign up here.

Both a short and a long hike will be offered.

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–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.

Note that if there are hikers with dogs who want to do the longer hike, we may skip the beach to avoid the snowy plover nesting area. In that case we’ll take the trail that crosses before the beach (see the map below).

The long  hike is rated difficult (mainly due to sand) and should last 4 hours.

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

Location and Time

Meet at 9:30 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. You can purchase a pass online HERE.

Hike Guidelines

  1. Hike groups will be limited to 15 people.
  2. You will be asked to complete a registration form so that we can control the number.
  3. Hikers will be asked to maintain social distance (as much as 10-12 feet) on the trail
  4. Hikers will be asked to have face covering (like a bandana) that can be pulled up at tight spots on the trail
  5. Hikers should step off the trail to let others pass