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Humbug Mountain, Saturday, May 13, 2023

Humbug Mountain, Saturday, May 13, 2023

Registration Form

We try to limit hikes to 15 people but if demand is high (and we have enough leaders) we can stagger start times. Also, there is a self-guided ‘short’ hike option described below, and some hikers may prefer that.

To volunteer to lead, send an email to

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

The ‘Long’ 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. Usually we would hike up the East trail, which would give us good views to the South as we near the top, but the trail is currently blocked by fallen trees, so we’ll go up and back on the west trail, which gives good views of Port Orford. It’s still a great hike, even without the east trail. Also, if the trees are cleared by the time of our hike, we may be able to add that.

‘Short’ (Easier) Hike

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. If there isn’t a ‘leader’ for this hike, you may need to do a ‘self-guided’ hike, but there is a detailed trail guide (link below) 

Other Information

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 Trailhead at 10:00 on Saturday, May 13.

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

Sweet Creek Falls Hike, April 16, 2023

Sweet Creek Falls Hike, April 16, 2023

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Registration Required. Register here

The Hikes: The Sweet Creek/Beaver Creek area offers hikers a smorgasbord mountain stream and waterfalls experience along with an opportunity for great wildflower viewing. There will be 4 different hikes all of which are out and back on the same trail and rated moderate.

The first will be a 1/2 mile trip to view Beaver Creek Falls.

The second will be a 1.2 mile hike to a different viewpoint of Beaver Creek Falls.

The third hike will be 1.6 miles to Sweet Creek Falls.

The final and best hike of the day will be a 1.6 mile hike along Sweet Creek on a trail that meanders along the water and actually travels right over the creek on a railed catwalks that is bolted to the side of the canyon.

Altogether, you will hike 4.9 miles for the day.

If you want to take it a little easier you can cut out the third hike and take a break while the rest of the group goes on this section. Since the hikes are all “out and back” you can cut any of the hikes short and return to the parking area if you are getting tired. Plan on 4 hours for all the hikes—starting for home around 2pm.

sweet creek 4

Location and Time

Meet at Dune Information Center in Reedsport at 8:30. We will caravan from there.

Directions: From Coos Bay Visitor Center in downtown Coos Bay travel 26.6 miles N on Hwy 101. Visitor center is on left directly opposite the turnoff for Hwy 38. We will leave from the Dune Information Center at 8:30 and reach the Sweet Creek Falls trail head at 10:00. Some gravel roads and deep pot holes are on our route but we will go easy.

Registration Required. Register here

Sunset Bay to Cape Arago

Sunset Bay to Cape Arago

Sunday March 19, 2023

We try to keep the numbers on our hikes small, so they will be limited to 15-20 people. Please sign up if you plan to join us.

To volunteer to lead, send an email to

Hike Description:   The whole hike goes from Sunset Bay Day Use Area, along the coast through Shore Acres up toward the Simpson Reef Overlook. From there we’ll continue to Simpson Reef and then cross the road to the Pack Trail connector, and on to Cape Arago. Then you can return either by the same route or along the road as far as the Simpson Reef overlook, returning the same way you came. The total hike is about 8.5 miles if we take the shortcuts across the field at Shore Acres and the group campground at Sunset Bay.

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.

The line on the map shows the route we’ll be taking. Note that we’ll be avoiding the Pack Trail because of storm damage.

Other Information

Restrooms are available at Sunset Bay and Shore Acres. There is also a portajohn at Cape Arago.

For those on the long hike, we’ll be stopping for lunch at Cape Arago. 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 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.

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.

Walkable North Bend–January 28, 2023(Saturday, 10:00)

Walkable North Bend–January 28, 2023(Saturday, 10:00)

This hike will be a ‘Weather Permitting’ hike, and my be cancelled if the weather is bad. Check this site on the day of the hike for information.


Explore some of the many paths and trails commonly used by the folks in North Bend both past and present.

You can join local author and historian Dick Wagner on an easy to moderate 2 mile loop  from Ferry Park, along Bayview Ave and back up into town, before walking through Simpson Park, past the North Bend Visitor Center, under the McCullough Bridge, and then returning through the woods to Ferry Park.  Dick literally ‘wrote the book’ (or books) on North Bend History.

This hike should last about 2 hours.

Location and Time

We will meet at 10:00 in the Ferry Road Park parking lot.

Directions:  Ferry Road is just South of the McCullough Bridge. If you are heading South it will be your first left. If you are heading North, it will be on the right, just past the North Bend Visitor Information Center.

McCullough Bridge

Hall Lake/Dellenback Dunes Winter Yardanging, Saturday, January 21, 2023

Hall Lake/Dellenback Dunes Winter Yardanging, Saturday, January 21, 2023

See information below about Coos County Odyssey 2023

Sign up requested for the Hall Lake hike. Sign up HERE

Winter Weather and the wind make for some very cool looking sand sculptures geologist refer to as “Yardangs”. You can take a 3 mile moderate to difficult trip up onto the dunes between Hall Lake and the ocean at a slow pace to enjoy the sandy artwork. We are talking slow and steady – easy does it. Hiking sticks make this a much more enjoyable trip. This trip should last about 2-2.5 hours.


If there is interest, and a leader, you can head on out toward the beach and return to Hall Lake for a 6 – 7 mile round trip. Rated difficult. The route may vary, depending on conditions.

Walking sticks and sturdy shoes will help make the walk more enjoyable for you.

Dress for the weather, bring water, and pack a lunch if you plan on the longer hike.

Both hikes leave from the Hall Lake Day use area at 10:00 on Saturday, January 21.

Sign up HERE

Driving Directions: Hall Lake is about 10 miles south of Reedsport and 17 miles north of Coos Bay on the west side of hwy. Take Hwy 101 to Wildwood Drive (opposite Tugman State Park entrance) and turn left into day-use area at Hall Lake.

Sign up for the Coos County Odyssey 2023 Virtual Challenge

Make your hiking activities count, while supporting the Coos County Health & Wellness WIC program. The event is already started, but you can sign up and report on the activities you’ve already completed. You have four months to walk 218 miles or earn miles while completing other activities. Click on the photo below for more information:

Bastendorff Bog Hike–Friday, November 25

Bastendorff Bog Hike–Friday, November 25

Note: Registration Required. Register HERE

Opt Outside on Black Friday 2022, and join us for a hike (good for working off the Thanksgiving feast).

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

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, and a mystery feature pictured below.   We will all then return to the starting point, and those wanting a longer hike will continue hiking (on their own) 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 with foul weather gear, food and water. Moderate, ~ 4-5 mostly flat miles.

Note that the 9:30 start time will give you the opportunity to shop local in your home town after the hike.

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. 

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.

To the Bogs and Back–Bandon

To the Bogs and Back–Bandon

Sunday, October 23, 2022

To help us plan the hike, please register here

Visit the Bogs…and More

Join us for an in-town hike on the wilder side of Bandon. Follow sidewalks, quiet streets and pathways on a 2.5-mile loop that leads from the Bandon History Museum to a good vantage point to see some cranberry bogs during harvest season. Museum volunteer Jim Proehl will share some “History Minutes” along the way. Expect a sojourn in a cemetery as part of this October hike. Extend the walk by picking up one of several “Healthy, Historic Hike” maps at the museum and following another route through historic Bandon. Scroll down to find out about another Bandon event that you might be interested in attending.

Park in the museum parking lot and if that fills up, park in the public lot at Face Rock Creamery or on adjacent streets.

You’ll visit the site of this History Minute:

See a brochure and map about the hike.

Harvesting Cranberries

Register Here

Location and Time

We will meet at 10:00 in Public Parking lot of the Bandon Historical Society Museum. If the lot is full you can find additional parking behind the Face Rock Creamery  Map Link to Museum and additional parking area.

Directions – The museum is on the corner of Highway 101 and Fillmore Ave.

As Long as You’re in Town, There’s MORE:

The Bandon Public Library is having a special program that just happens to fall on the day of our hike. William Sullivan is the author of many Northwest Hiking Guides. He will be conducting a slide show about some special historical events.

You might want to stop in one of Bandon’s eateries after the hike and the go on to the presentation in the Sprague Theater, which is next to the library, near the city park on 11th Street.

Dellenback Dunes Trail, Sunday, October 16

Dellenback Dunes Trail, Sunday, October 16

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 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 Forest Service link. There may not be a way to purchase it at the trailhead itself.

Tahkenitch Dunes Hike, October 1 (Saturday)

Tahkenitch Dunes Hike, October 1 (Saturday)

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.


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.

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, Saturday, October 1 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 about 15 people.
  2. You will be asked to complete a registration form so that we can control the number.