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South Slough Trails–Saturday, April 3

South Slough Trails–Saturday, April 3

Note: Registration Required. See form below.

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

  1. Hike groups will be limited to 15 people.
  2. You will be asked to complete the registration form below 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

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 hikes@coostrails.com. 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.

Complete the registration form below:

Hike Leaders Needed

Hike Leaders Needed

From Tom Orsi:

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.

To volunteer, send an email to hikes@coostrails.com

I have all the resources to schedule and plan hikes, but I need human resources to lead. Please email me at hikes@coostrails.com about your willingness to lead, and note which hikes you might want to lead. Include your phone number.

Find out about hike leader responsibilities on this page.

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:

South SloughThis 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 FallsGood 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
Bastendorff BogThis 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 FallsIt’s a trip to get there, but once there we will see great views along the creek, and multiple viewpoints of the falls.
Tahkenitch DunesCombines woods, dunes, and a beach walk…a little of everything the coast has to offer.
Blacklock Point from Floras LakeA beautiful walk through the woods and along the coast with great views along the way. It’s a well defined trail.
Siltcoos LakeA 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 hikeIf there is a hike you want to lead that’s not listed here, just suggest it.

Email hikes@coostrails.com to volunteer as a hike leader!

We Will Continue to Follow 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
Scheduled Hikes Remain Suspended

Scheduled Hikes Remain Suspended

From Tom Orsi:

People have asked me when the hiking schedule will be resumed. I have been holding off on scheduling new hikes for two reasons:

First, Coos County is still at the “Extreme Risk” level for COVID-19. It seems inappropriate to hold group events that have typically exceeded the 15 person limit. It was okay on hikes like Dellenback Dunes, where we could spread out, but it’s more challenging where there are narrow trails. While most hikers have adhered to the ‘social distancing’ guidelines, not all have, and I don’t want to have to be in the ‘enforcer’ position.

The second is that I need more people to step up to volunteer to lead hikes. I could have (and did) split up groups on some of the hikes using additional leaders, but I haven’t had enough volunteers. Also, I can’t lead all of the hikes, so I need people to take on the leadership roles.

If you are willing to lead hikes, please email me at hikes@coostrails.com. Include your phone number, and a list of trails on which you want to lead hikes. I will include you in the planning process.

Take Short Local Hikes
Meanwhile, even if we aren’t having group hikes, I urge you to take advantage of the trails in our region. Here are some suggestions for fairly short nearby hikes that you might want to take (fitting them into clear spots in our unpredictable coastal weather.
 
Bluebill Lake and Wild Mare Trail
 
This is a short hike with the trailhead off of Horsfall Beach Road (north of the McCullough Bridge). It offers varied terrain and lovely views. There is a trail map at the link above.
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Bluebill Lake
South Slough
Nearby, and always beautiful. March is a good time to see the skunk cabbage blooms.
 

South Slough

New River

You can usually find trail maps at the trail head. The trails are well marked.

New River
Port Orford Heads

The link above will take you to the park brochure. It shows the trails, which are well marked.

NEED LEADERS!

We need volunteers to lead hikes, both to keep the groups smaller and so that there can be more options.

If you would like to lead a hike, please email me at hikes@coostrails.com.
 
Include your contact information:

Name:
eMail address:
Phone Number (cell is best):
Hike or trail you can lead:

You can find a list of trails on this page.

Dellenback Dunes Trail, Sunday, November 1

Dellenback Dunes Trail, Sunday, November 1

This hike is limited to 15 people, but if demand is high (and we have enough leaders) we can stagger start times.

Requires Registration–Registration Form

The dunes can be incredible at any time of the year, but they are easier to hike after some rain, so I hope we get some by the time we do this hike.

This will be a hike from the trailhead to the beach and back (about 5 miles). It mainly takes us across the dunes, then through a forested area, and then to the beach. We can spend a little time on the beach before returning the way we came.

In the past part of the group has hiked south on the beach and then along ten mile creek, looping back to the main trail. If someone volunteers to lead that hike (which is about 9 miles). we will offer that as an option. Email hikes@coostrails.com if you wish to volunteer.

Requires Registration–Registration Form

Location and Time

We will meet at the Dellenback Dunes Trail head at 10:00.

Directions:  From Coos Bay Visitor Center, travel north on Hwy. 101 – 15.4 miles to John Dellenback Dunes Trail on left next. Note that there is a $5.00 day use fee unless you have a recreation pass. They can be purchased online at this link. There may not be a way to purchase it at the trailhead itself.

Blacklock Point from Airport Road, Saturday, October 10

Blacklock Point from Airport Road, Saturday, October 10

This hike is limited to 15 people, but if demand is high (and we have enough leaders) we can stagger start times.

Requires Registration–Registration Form

This hike is just over 5 miles long, across fairly level terrain, with great views along the way.

Unlike the hike that we did in June, for this hike we’ll start at the Cape Blanco State Airport (see directions below), and hike parallel to the runway for awhile before heading North, and then looping around toward the shoreline, where we’ll have some of the hike’s best views. Then we’ll continue to Blacklock Point, returning by a shorter trail.

There will be a short option that starts along the same path as the rest of the group, but skips the longer loop, proceeding directly to Blacklock Point. That is an out and back hike, totaling 4 miles altogether.

The differences are shown on the map below.

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

Plan on 3 hours for this hike, depending on how clear the day is (there are lots of photo opportunities on a clear day).

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

Location and Time

Meet at 10:00 at the trailhead just outside of the Cape Blanco Airport Entrance. For those of you heading south on 101, you will turn on Airport Road, about 20 miles south of Bandon. Then follow Airport Road for about 3 miles. If you’re heading North, the turn on Airport Road is about 7.2 miles from Port Orford. Airport road is directly across from Pacific High School.

There are two parking areas. The one on the left isn’t as obvious, but if there are a lot of cars, we may need to use it.

Remember to complete registration form.

Rescheduled Humbug Mountain, Sunday September 27

Rescheduled Humbug Mountain, Sunday September 27

Requires Registration–Registration Form

Note: You must re-register, even if you signed up for the original hike.

This hike is limited to 15 people for each option, but if demand is high (and we have enough leaders) we can stagger start times. Also, there is a ‘short’ hike option described below, and some hikers may prefer that.

To volunteer to lead, send an email to hikes@coostrails.com.

Hike Description:   There will be two hikes running at the same time.

More Difficult Hike: The hike itself is just over 5 miles long, but the elevation gain is significant (about 1800 ft), which makes this a difficult hike. Because that is a snag on the East Trail that will be difficult to pass, we will hike up the West trail, and then return by the same trail, which provides good views of Port Orford as we descend.

Easier HikeThe ‘short’ hike isn’t really that much shorter, at just over 4 miles, but the highest elevation is only 434 feet. It follows along the old coast highway and offers good views of Humbug Mountain itself, Red Fish Rocks, and the town of Port Orford. 

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 (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

Other Information

There is a large tree down on the East trail, near the top, so it’s necessary to either bushwack around it or climb over it. The log is slippery and dirty, so climbing over is a challenge.

There are no restrooms at the trailhead. The restrooms are open at Battle Rock Park in Port Orford, so you may want to stop on the way.

Location and Time

Location and Time

We will meet at the Humbug Mountain trail head at 9:30 on Sunday, September 27.

Directions: Take the Coast Highway (101) south, past Port Orford. The trail head is about six miles south of Port Orford.

Remember to complete registration form.

Sunset Bay to Cape Arago

Sunset Bay to Cape Arago

Saturday August 22

Requires Registration–Registration Form

This hike is limited to 15 people, but if demand is high (and we have enough leaders) we can stagger start times. Also, there is a short hike option that goes from Sunset Bay to Shore Acres and back.

To volunteer to lead, send an email to hikes@coostrails.com.

Hike Description:   The whole hike goes from Sunset Bay Day Use Area, along the coast through Shore Acres up to the Simpson Reef Overlook. From there we’ll cross the road and follow a trail that meets the pack trail. We’ll go up (and down, then up again)the pack trail, and eventually we’ll turn onto the perimeter trail, which will take us back toward Shore Acres. From Shore Acres we’ll take a shorter route back to Sunset Bay. The total hike is 8.5 miles. The highest elevation is 570 feet, but because we go up and down, we’ll have 1000 feet of climbing.

Short Hike–This will just go to Shore Acres and back. It will be under four miles, all pretty level. I need a volunteer to lead the short hike…or you will need to return on your own.

Another option–You can hike as far as Simpson Reef, and then return. This will be almost 8 miles, but it’s all level. You’ll be on your own for the return.

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 (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

Other Information

The restrooms at the Sunset Bay Day use area are closed, but the restrooms at the beach (just to the North are open, so stop there on the way in. There are restrooms at Shore Acres (at about the 2.2 and 7 mile points of the hikes).

For those on the long hike, we’ll be stopping for lunch at the junction with the perimeter trail. We suggest you might want to snack at the Simpson Reef Overlook, because lunch will be later than usual.

Location and Time

Location and Time

Meet 9:30 am at Sunset Bay day use parking lot, near volley ball courts and restrooms (closed) at south end of Sunset Bay.  The short version of the hike will end before noon(unless you spend time in the gardens), and the long version at 2:30.

Driving Directions:  From Hwy 101 in downtown Coos Bay follow the signs 12.3 miles through Charleston to Sunset Bay State Park.  Park in the day use parking lot.

Remember to complete registration form.

Virtual Group Hike–August 15-17

Virtual Group Hike–August 15-17

The hikes should be real. The GROUP will be virtual. Hike anywhere on the South Coast, by yourself, or with a small group of friends, and take photos. Post your photos on the facebook group or send them via email to hikes@coostrails.com. Feel free to add maps and short videos, if appropriate.

Pick your hike by looking at the hike descriptions. Choose your own start and end times and companions. Just send pictures so others can learn about our trails.

In addition to the hike descriptions on the website, there are a number of good books about our local trails. See the resources page. Most books are on sale at local bookstores, and at the Coos History Museum.

Don’t limit yourselves to our beautiful coastal beaches and forests, there are great opportunities for ‘in town’ hikes. Some examples are:

Bandon Historical Healthy Hikes

The Sawmill and Tribal Trails (Download the brochure and marker descriptions . They might be slightly out of date, but it’s still a great walk).

A Coos Bay History Walk…Start at the Coos History Museum, walk down Front Street toward the Boardwalk. Walk through downtown toward Mingus Park. Walk around Mingus Park, and return.

Other Healthy In Town Walks

Walking in North Bend

Walking in Coos Bay

Empire Lakes

What are the Hikes on the Zoom Screen?

Blacklock Point, Cape Mountain, Millacoma Marsh, Heceta Head, Hanging Rock, Port Orford Heads, Sweet Creek, Bandon History, Bastendorff Beach
South Slough Trails–Saturday, August 8

South Slough Trails–Saturday, August 8

Note: Registration Required. Register HERE

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.  

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.

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 (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

Volunteer needed to help lead hike!

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 hikes@coostrails.com. The hike isn’t difficult to lead, and I can take anyone who volunteers on a ‘pre-hike’ between now and the hike date. We mainly need to break into smaller groups because of locations where we tend to gather. In this case, the second group might reverse the direction of the first group.

Register Here

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.

Bastendorff Bog Hike–Sunday, July 26

Bastendorff Bog Hike–Sunday, July 26

Note: Registration Required. Register HERE

Bastendorff Bog trail hike out and back, with some additional hiking in the area.

Make sure you read the hike guidelines below. Face coverings will be needed in several locations on the hike.

The hike will start in the Sunset Bay Day Use area.  We’ll hike from there, cross Cape Arago Hwy, go through the campground, and follow the bog trail out to Yoakam Point, which will provide an excellent view of Cape Arago Lighthouse (above), and Bastendorff Beach, as well as our iconic coastal rock formations.   We will all then return to the starting point, and those wanting a longer hike will continue hiking along the coast to Shore Acres and back.  You’ll see some great ocean views and very interesting trees along the way.

Be prepared for any weather conditions, which at this time of year probably means sun, but also some wind. Moderate, ~ 4-5 mostly flat miles.

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 (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

Volunteer needed to help lead hike!

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 hikes@coostrails.com. The hike isn’t difficult to lead, and I can take anyone who volunteers on a ‘pre-hike’ between now and the hike date. We mainly need to break into smaller groups because of locations where we tend to gather.

Register Here

Location and Time

Meet 9:30 am at day use parking lot, near volley ball courts and restrooms at south end of Sunset Bay.  The short version of the hike will end at about noon, and the long version at 2:00.

Driving Directions:  From Hwy 101 in downtown Coos Bay follow the signs 12.3 miles through Charleston to Sunset Bay State Park.  Park in the day use parking lot.