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Bandon Historical Hike 2021

Bandon Historical Hike 2021

Sunday, August 8, 2021

To help us plan the hike, please register here

Two Options:

  • 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. 

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.

To help us plan the hike, please register here

Cape Mountain, Saturday July 24

Cape Mountain, Saturday July 24

Hike Registration Form

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.

Hiking Sticks will make the climbing  easier.

You can see the full trail system map here.

Hike requires registration: Register Here

Location and Time

Meet at 9:30 at N. end of Fred Meyer parking lot in Florence (near the gas station) then drive to Dry Lake trail head

Driving Directions:  Take Hwy 101 N through Florence, OR.   Fred Meyer ( on your left) is part of large shopping center on N. side of town.  

We will meet on the North end of the lot next to the gas station.


New River and Lost Lake, Saturday July 10

New River and Lost Lake, Saturday July 10

Hike Registration Form

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.

You might see this on the hike

Lost Lake

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.

Hike requires registration: Register Here

Location and Time

Meet at 10:00 at New River ACEC parking lot.

Directions: From Bandon or Coos Bay, travel south on Hwy. 101 to Croft Lake Lane, 11 miles south of Bandon. Turn right on Croft Lake Lane, and follow to the ACEC.

Map to New River


Re-Scheduled Hanging Rock Hike, Sunday June 20

Re-Scheduled Hanging Rock Hike, Sunday June 20

Registration Required. Registration form HERE. If you registered for this hike on June 13 you don’t need to register. I will contact you.

This hike (and the view it offers) is well worth the drive time to get to the trail head.

Hanging Rock, in the Wild Rogue River Wilderness is perched at 3500 ft overlooking the Rogue River canyon and the rapids below.  The hike to the rock itself is a 1.9 mile round trip. That will be the Short Hike.  Those wanting a longer hike can extend the hike by following the Panther Ridge Trail along the ridge for another two miles, stopping for a lunch break in a clearing on the trail, and returning to the trailhead (an ‘out and back’ hike along the ridge)

The Panther Ridge trail winds along this high ridge under magnificent stands of old growth timber with rhododendron and scrub oak and nests of bear grass.  

Hikers who have taken this hike in the past may recall that we set up a shuttle and hiked further on the Panther Ridge trail. By doing an out and back we’re eliminating the shuttle, saving the time, and reducing concerns about spreading COVID.

You might want to finish the day with optional trips to Coquille Falls (1 mile moderate–steep climb back up) and Elk Creek Falls (.25 miles easy),  which are both on our way back toward Powers.  

Coquille River Falls

Bring at least 1 liter of water if you are taking the short hike and at least 2 if you plan on taking the longer hike.   Pack a lunch.

Boots and walking sticks are recommended.

Location and Time

Those coming from Coos Bay (or North), Bandon, Coquille, or Port Orford should gather in Myrtle Point at the OSU County Extension office before 8:00. At 8:00 we will begin to caravan 45 SLOW miles to the trailhead. We’ll stop at a couple of rest stops along the way. (This assumes that Port Orford hikers will come through Bandon. If you wish to go to Powers via the Sixes River Road, you could meet us at the Powers County Park at 8:30)

Directions to County Extension office in Myrtle Point:  From Coquille travel on Hwy 42 to Myrtle Point. As you enter town turn right on Ash St. then right on 6th street then right on Alder St.  Extension office is at 631 Alder St.

If you are coming from Gold Beach (or South), you might want to meet us at the Coquille River Falls Trailhead. You can find directions here: Trip to Coquille River Falls Trailhead. If you plan to do that, email hikes@coostrails.com so that we know to expect you. Plan to be there at 9:30.

We should be at the Hanging Rock Trailhead by 10:00.

Directions to the trailhead

While it would be best to caravan, if you miss the departure time, or if you want to do this hike on your own, here are links to directions to the trailhead:

From Gold Beach

https://goo.gl/maps/7ctjehvG9qB8iEt77

From Coos Bay

https://goo.gl/maps/vFTaeuBxKUkJEkg79

From Bandon

https://goo.gl/maps/xjeSJFHLHmQPrKDk7

From Port Orford

https://goo.gl/maps/y7hzLd1jiseZt6t8A Note–These directions take you via the Sixes River Road to Powers. That’s shorter (mileage-wise) than going through Bandon, but the road conditions aren’t as good.

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

Sunset Bay to Cape Arago-April

Sunset Bay to Cape Arago-April

Sunday April 25

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 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.

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 were open the last time I hiked this. 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 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.

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