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Sweet Creek Falls Hike, Oct. 30

Sweet Creek Falls Hike, Oct. 30

Saturday, October 30, 2021

This hike is limited to about 15 people. Because there are multiple hikes, we may (if there are enough leaders) break into groups.

Registration Required. Register here

The Hikes: The Sweet Creek/Beaver Creek area offers hikers a smorgasbord mountain stream and waterfalls experience. 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 9:00. 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 9:00 and reach the Sweet Creek Falls trail head at 10:30. Some gravel roads and deep pot holes are on our route but we will go easy.

Registration Required. Register here

Dellenback Dunes Trail, Saturday, October 16

Dellenback Dunes Trail, Saturday, October 16

This hike is limited to about 15 people.

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.

Tahkenitch Dunes Hike, September 26 (Sunday)

Tahkenitch Dunes Hike, September 26 (Sunday)

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.

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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 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.
  3. Hikers will be asked to maintain social distance 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

Humbug Mountain, Saturday, September 4, 2021

Humbug Mountain, Saturday, September 4, 2021

Registration Form

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.

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. We will hike up the East trail, which will give us good views to the South as we near the top, and then we’ll return by the West trail, which provides good views of Port Orford as we descend.

‘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) 

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.
  3. Hikers will be asked to maintain social distance 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 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 Saturday, September 4.

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.

Cape Arago Area Trails–Sunday, August 22, 2021

Cape Arago Area Trails–Sunday, August 22, 2021

Requires Registration–Registration Form

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

Hike Description:   Take a 2.5 mile one way trip from Cape Arago Point on the Arago Pack Trail toward Simpson Reef ( we will stop there briefly to check out the local wildlife…bring binoculars, if you have them) then along the Oregon Coast Trail to a point .25 miles S of Shore Acres Botanical Garden.

*Those wishing to end their hike here need to arrive a little early (8:30am) to set a vehicle beside the road .25 miles S of Shore Acres.

For those wanting a longer hike we will cross the highway and, depending on conditions, will take the Perimeter Trail and Arago Pack Trail (or just the Pack Trail) back to Arago Point for a total of 7.5 miles of hiking.   The Short hike is rated moderate and the long hike is rated moderate to difficult.   

There is also an intermediate length hike that will skip the Perimeter trail section and hike up the Pack Trail and back.

Plan on 2 hours for the short hike and 3-4 hours for the long hike.  Restrooms are at beginning and end of the long hike and a short drive from end of short hike.  Pack a lunch to enjoy along the way, or at the end.

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.
  3. Hikers will be asked to maintain social distance on the trail
  4. For the comfort of fellow hikers, unvaccinated hiders should have face covering 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

We will meet 9:30 at the Covered Pavilion at the end of the Arago Point loop for the hikes.

Remember to complete registration form.

Driving Directions:  From Hwy 101 in downtown Coos Bay follow the signs 12.3 miles through Charleston to Sunset Bay State Park.  Continue past Simpson Reef overlook to the covered Pavilion out on the point.

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