This experience can be appropriate for paddlers as well as hikers.
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. Those doing the short hike will turn around at the 2 mile marker.
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 lakes many inlets and maybe catch a glimpse of osprey, eagle and deer as you walk through forests of spruce, cedar, fir, and alder.
Eel Lake is also a very nice flat water paddle & has a swimming area.
Bring snacks to eat on the trail, and you may want to 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.
Hikers will be asked to maintain social distance (as much as 10-12 feet) on the trail
Hikers will be asked to have face covering (like a bandana) that can be pulled up at tight spots on the trail
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 20 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.
This hike is limited to 15 people, but if demand is high (and we have enough leaders) we can stagger start times.
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.
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.
Given the request that we ‘stay at home,’ the best guideline is to hike or walk close to home. That might mean walking in your neighborhood (as long as you can maintain the 6 foot distance), or if you live near a beach that’s accessible (because it’s not part of a state park or wayside), you can walk there.
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.
Location and Time
Meet at Dune Information Center in Reedsport at 9:00
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.
Suggested carpool sites & departure times:
Reedsport Visitor Center – 9:00,
Public Parking north of Coos Bay Visitor Center—8:10,
Rays in Bandon—7:40,
Coquille Visitor Center—7:40,
Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—6:50
Meet at 10:00 in the parking lot near McKee’s Pub at Bandon Dunes
From the North, take Hwy 101 south from Coos Bay for about 18 miles and turn right at North entrance to Bandon Dunes Resort (Randolph Rd). Continue past guard station, turn right at stop sign then follow signs to the main lodge (which will be a left turn). Turn into parking lot on right and go to North end, past McKee’s Pub.
From the South, take Hwy 101 north from Bandon for about 3 miles. Turn left into the south entrance to the Bandon Dunes resort (Fahy Rd, becoming Round Lake Rd) and follow signs to the main lodge (about two miles). You will take a left toward the main lodge, followed by a right into the parking lot. Go to the North end of the lot (past Mckee’s Pub).
Hike Description: Here is a chance to view two beautiful nearby falls.
Short Option: We will make a 2.8 mile round trip hike that climbs a switchback trail through old growth forest of Douglas Fir, Big Leaf Maple and Oregon Myrtle trees up past two beautiful waterfalls both of which are over 100 ft. Those who wish to extend the short option may want to follow two short trails for additional views of the falls.
Long Option: For those wanting a longer hike we will be approaching the the falls from different trails, or, if we have permission, may hike beyond the falls.
Bring lunch and water and rain gear, dress in layers, and wear sturdy waterproof boots. The longer option may get your feet wet at times.
Location and Time
We will meet at Golden and Silver Falls trail head at 10:00.
Directions: From the Coos Bay Visitor Center take Hwy 101 south. Turn left on Newport Ave/ Coos River Hwy. Continue for .5 mile – cross the bridge then bear 90 degrees left onto 6th Ave/Coos River Hwy. The road will make another 90 degree turn to the right and you will pass the Coach House Restaurant on your right shortly after that. Continue for .5 mile and turn right onto D Street/Coos River Hwy at the stop sign. You are following the signs to Allegany. Continue .8 mile and bear left across the bridge onto S. Coos River Hwy. Continue 1.5 mile then turn left on East Fork Millicoma Rd. and cross bridge. After bridge turn right and continue on East fork Millicoma Rd. for 19 miles through the town of Allegany before turning left onto gravel Glen Creek Rd. Continue on Glen Creek Rd for 3 miles to parking area.
Suggested Carpool sites & Departure Times: Coos Bay Visitor Center—8:50, Coquille Visitor Center—8:20, Ray’s in Bandon—8:10, Dunes Information Center in Reedsport—8:00, Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—7:30.
The Siltcoos Lake trail makes a 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. It is a rolling trail but has a few steep places in it. Paddlers might want to use this opportunity to check out the Siltcoos River Trail .
Bring plenty of water, lunch and dress appropriately for the weather.
While we are in the neighborhood we thought we would cross the highway and take the Waxmyrtle trail out to the beach and back. This is an additional 3 mile round trip.
This is a National Forest Service day use area . A $5 day use fee per vehicle or appropriate pass is required for parking at this trailhead. You might want to carpool from Reedsport to reduce fees (some of us have passes).
Location and Time
Meet at 10:00 at trailhead parking lot.
Directions to Siltcoos Lake Trail: Travel on Highway 101 to trailhead parking on East side of highway 7 miles South of Florence near milepost marker 198.
Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:
Coos Bay Visitor Center 8:45am,
Coquille Visitor Center 8:15am,
Ray’s in Bandon 8:15am,
OSU Ext. Myrtle Point 8:00am,
Reedsport Visitor Center 9:15 am (may want to consolidate vehicles 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.
Head on out toward the beach and return on the Dellenback Dunes Trail or 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 9:30
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.