Friends of the Umpqua–Heceta Head and Hobbit Trail Hike

Friends of the Umpqua–Heceta Head and Hobbit Trail Hike

Saturday, February 18

This hike is a Friends of the Umpqua Hike. They have welcomed Striders to join them. They will meet in Roseburg and caravan to the coast. We can gather in the Fred Meyer parking lot in Florence and caravan/carpool to the trailhead.

Sign up if you plan to gather at Fred Meyer.

The historic and popular Heceta Head Lighthouse sits 150 feet over the ocean and the light started providing aid to navigation in March, 1894. The light still shines, and this hike provides spectacular views both up and down the coast. In addition to the light, you’ll pass the lightkeeper’s home, which is now a bed and breakfast.

Hike Description

Hiking route: From the lighthouse parking lot, we will hike up and over Heceta Head, drop down to the beach by way of the Hobbit Trail, then return via the Valley Trail

Difficulty level: Moderate
Distance: 5.9 miles
Elevation gain: 800 feet

Pluses: An up-close and personal look at an iconic lighthouse landmark, lush coastal forest, and a lonely beach walk where we’ve spotted bald eagles in years past.

Minuses: The hike up and over Heceta Head may not leave a mark, but you’ll feel it! The steep uphill section will be experienced both coming and going.

For more information call or text Penny at 541-643-6413.

Bring water, lunch, and appropriate clothing for hiking.

More details here

Location and Time

Striders can meet at 10:00 at the Fred Meyer parking lot on the North side of Florence.  We should gather near the gas station at the north end of the lot.  That way we will have an opportunity to consolidate vehicles.  There is a day use fee ($5.00) at the Heceta Head parking lot.

The Friends of the Umpqua plan to arrive at the trailhead at 10:25, so, if you want, you can meet us there.

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