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Dellenback Dunes Trail, Sunday, October 16

Dellenback Dunes Trail, Sunday, October 16

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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.

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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)

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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.

Cape Mountain, Sunday, August 28

Cape Mountain, Sunday, August 28

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 8.7 miles and will combine the multiple trails Princess Tasha, Berry Creek, and others.

We may lunch  in the meadow at the site of an old lookout tower. Because of the later start we might have lunch at the Berry Creek crossing (about halfway), and snack at the tower site.

Hikers will have the option to shorten their hike to about 3 miles by branching off on the Lookout Loop trail.

The short hike will be 3 miles and is rated moderate overall, but you still have to make the climb up to the lookout. The elevation gain isn’t as much as the long hike.

The longer hike is 8.7 miles and is rated difficult overall.

Dress for the weather and bring plenty of water and something to eat for both lunch and some snacks.

Hiking Sticks will make the climbing  easier.

You can see the full trail system map here. The section of interest for this hike is below.

Short hike in orange

Hike requires registration: Register Here

Location and Time

Meet at 9:30 at North 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.  

Bandon Historical Hike 2022

Bandon Historical Hike 2022

Sunday, August 21, 2022

To help us plan the hike, please register here

Two Options:

  • Archaeologist and historian, Reg Pullen will lead a four mile walking tour of Bandon, including beaches. Bandon Mayor, Mary Schamehorn will join Reg for part of this tour.
  • 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 History Minutes along the way. There will be no shortage of historical information.

Listen to a History Minute (above) about one feature you’ll see on the hike.

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. 

Who are these people? Click on the link below to hear a History Minute about them.
The Beachmen.

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

Kentucky Falls Hike–Saturday, July 23

Kentucky Falls Hike–Saturday, July 23

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The Main Hike

This hike is to Kentucky Falls and back. Kentucky Falls area offers views of 3 waterfalls two of which drop over 100 feet.  The hike is 2.5 miles down to the falls through old growth Douglas Fir and Hemlock. We’ll view the falls and then hike 2.5 miles back on a switchback trail.  It is rated moderate to difficult.  The difficulty is based on the elevation gain, but you can control the difficulty with lots of rests. Plan on 3.5 hours to complete the hike with plenty of time to relax, eat lunch, enjoy the falls and then walk back up the switch back trail at your leisure.

This is a beautiful hike through old growth forest. Even without the falls it would be a great hike.

Pack a lunch to enjoy either during or after the hike. The drive to and from the trailhead is a long, slow drive. (gravel roads). We will be caravaning from the Dunes Information Center in Reedsport, but to get an idea of the route, check out the directions at the trailhead site.

Optional Additional Hike

After we complete the Kentucky Falls hike, some hikers may wish to stop at the North Fork Smith River Trailhead and hike along along the river (out and back). From last reports, the trail may be overgrown with downed trees. That’s one reason why we aren’t offering the traditional through hike from Kentucky Falls to this trailhead. The other reason is that the necessary shuttle adds a lot of travel time.

By going out and back from the trailhead, hikers who want to do this additional hike can go as far as they want, and turn around.

Location and Time

We will leave the Dune Information Center parking lot in Reedsport at 8:30 AM.  Please arrive ten to fifteen minutes before that to sign in and coordinate cars.

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 Kentucky Falls trail head around 10:00.  Some gravel roads and pot holes are on our route so we will go easy.

Sunset Bay/Shore Acres/Coast, Perimeter, and Pack Trails–Sunday, June 26

Sunset Bay/Shore Acres/Coast, Perimeter, and Pack Trails–Sunday, June 26

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We will start at the Sunset Bay Day Use Area and follow the Coast Trail along the shoreline to Shore Acres. Those who want a short hike can then return to the Sunset Bay Parking lot by backtracking. The route for the short hike is in blue on the map below.

The addition for the longer hike is in green. After the Sunset Bay to Shore Acres leg, we will leave Shore Acres and proceed across the Cape Arago Highway to the Perimeter trail. We will follow the Perimeter Trail to the Cape Arago Pack Trail (about 2.2 miles). Then we will take the Pack trail down toward Simpson Beach, with a possible side trip to a nice overlook. Then wee will return to Shore Acres and take the old Shore Acres driveway back toward Sunset Back, backtracking (with a couple of shortcuts). The long hike will be about 8 miles, depending on detours and shortcuts.

Hike Guidelines

  1. We will try to keep the groups small so it’s easy to keep track of hikers.
  2. You will be asked to complete a registration form so that we can control the number.

Location and Time

Meet 9:30 am on Sunday, June 26 at the Sunset Bay 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.

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Re-Rescheduled–Blacklock Point from Floras Lake–Saturday, June 18, 2022

Re-Rescheduled–Blacklock Point from Floras Lake–Saturday, June 18, 2022

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If you registered for the June 4 or June 12 version, there is no need to re-register. You’ll get an email asking if you still plan to attend.

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). This will most likely be a hike about halfway to the point and a return (possibly along the beach).

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. There were some muddy spots a week ago, so waterproof footwear might be welcome.

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.

Location and Time

Meet at 9:30, Saturday, June 18 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.

New River is Great in the Spring

New River is Great in the Spring

Guide yourself to enjoy the diversity.

There isn’t a scheduled guided hike, but New River has a lot to offer at this time of year, so you don’t want to miss it. It’s easy to guide yourself with the maps available at the parking lot.

We’ll have a good supply of huckleberries come Fall
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 New River ACEC Nature Center.
South Slough Trails–Saturday, May 7 2022

South Slough Trails–Saturday, May 7 2022

Note: Registration Requested. Registration form.

We will meet at the  South Slough National Estuarine Reserve Interpretive Center parking lot at 10:00 AM.  Lynn Jackson will lead the hike, and will take us on a series of trails through the reserve, including the North Creek Trail, the Middle Creek trail, the Hidden Creek Trail, the  Tunnel Trail, and the Sloughside trail.

After the hike you will return to the Visitor Center for lunch or a snack.

Hikers wanting to explore more after lunch may want to complete the day with some hikes on the South Reserve Trails. (see the brochure below)

You can find a brochure about the South Slough and the trails here.

Location and Time

Meet 10:00 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.

Sweet Creek Falls Hike, April 30

Sweet Creek Falls Hike, April 30

Saturday, April 30, 2022

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