Join archaeologist and historian, Reg Pullen and Bandon Mayor, Mary Schamehorn for a four mile walking tour of Bandon, or
Join Historical Society volunteer and Treasurer, Jim Proehl for a faster paced version.
Reg and Mary will share all the local lore and colorful history of Bandon while touring various historical points of interest. Starting at the Museum, you’ll tour the waterfront and Old Town before heading to the beach. The total hike is 4 miles, rated moderate, with some sand walking involved and should last 2.5 to 3 hours. You can shorten the walk by leaving it before the trip to the beach.
Jim will offer a faster paced version of the hike that will take you out by the schools and the City Park before returning along the beach and Beach Loop Road. Jim’s version will emphasize the walking, with talks along the way. There will be no shortage of historical information.
Dress appropriately for the weather. A windbreaker with a hood is recommended for the beach section. Walking sticks might be helpful for the beginning of the beach walk. 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.
After the hike you may want to visit the Bandon Historical Society Museum. Because this is on a Sunday, admission will be FREE, thanks to the “Free Summer Sundays” program sponsored by First Interstate Bank and Best Western Inn at Face Rock.
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. long hike will be 8.5 miles and will combine the multiple trails Princess Tasha, Berry Creek, and others).
We will lunch in the meadow at the site of an old lookout tower. Because of the later start lunch might be later than usual, so bring snacks for along the way.
Hikers will have the option to shorten their hike to 2 miles by branching off on the Lookout Loop trail.
The short hike will be 2 miles and is rated moderate overall, but you still have to make the climb up to the lookout.
The longer hike is 8.5 miles and is rated difficult overall.
Dress for the weather and bring plenty of water and something to eat.
New River ACEC (Area of Critical Environmental Concern) has something to offer at all times of year. There are 8 trails through this BLM park along with a nature center and picnic tables.
The river itself IS pretty new, having formed during a storm in 1890 as a river running parallel to the Pacific Coast, just over the foredune. The river is just one of the attractions of the park. You’ll see an old Cranberry bog (one of the oldest on the coast), huge ancient Manzanitas (on the North and Ridge Trail), many varieties of ferns, berries, and lots more.
There will be time to eat a lunch at the picnic tables at the Nature Center, or you might want to eat at the Lost Lake Trailhead. That will be decided on the day of the hike.
After the hike at New River, you will head North on the Coast Highway to a road to access the Lost Lake trail. This trail would also normally take you to the New River, but part of the trail is now overgrown with gorse. Nevertheless, there are great views of the lake.