Walkable North Bend–January 29, 2022(Saturday, 9:30)

Walkable North Bend–January 29, 2022(Saturday, 9:30)

Also, this hike will be a ‘Weather Permitting’ hike, and my be cancelled if the weather is bad.

Description

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.

OR

There will be a 5.5 mile loop at a little brisker pace (and less history) on the North Bend loop portion of the new Sawmill & Tribal Trail.

This walk will also start at Ferry Road Park, and head out under the McCullough Bridge, and along the Sawmill & Tribal Trail to post #12 on Pony Creek Rd then up the stairs at Lombard and along McPherson to the North Bend Boardwalk then back to Ferry Road Park.

This hike is rated difficult (due to steps) and should last 3—3.5 hours.

Location and Time

We will meet at 9:30 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

Sign Up For Coos County Odyssey 2022

Sign Up For Coos County Odyssey 2022

Will You Resolve to Get More Exercise in 2022?

Coos Odyssey is a perfect way to keep track of your exercise achievements in the new year. You can follow your progress on a virtual map as you log miles based on your activities. For example:

  • Log a mile for every mile hiked
  • Log a mile for 30 minutes of Yoga
  • Log a mile for 30 minutes of gardening (as long as you keep working)
  • Two laps around Mingus Park earns 1.2 miles
  • Sunset Bay to Cape Arago and back earns 8.5 miles
  • A 60 minute paddle on Eel Lake earns 2 miles
  • …and so on

There is a ‘Team’ for South Coast Striders. Choose that team when you sign up (or, if you want, create your own team made up of colleagues, friends, or families).

Coos County Odyssey 2022

Coos County Odyssey 2022

“Race” around Coos County, Oregon in this virtual odyssey that will take the participants through some of the most unique locations in the county.

Participants can exercise in a number of different ways (walk, hike, run, bike, paddle, yoga, pickleball, golf, ski…) to earn miles on the virtual platform.

You report the miles you walk, or take the equivalent credit for other exercise activities, and your progress will take you along the map below. You will receive virtual badges at each location.

Some Key Information About the Challenge

  • It’s a ‘Virtual’ event. You don’t actually travel the route. You walk or hike wherever you want and credit those miles to advance on the route.
  • It’s more than walking. Almost any physical activity can earn you credit. In many cases, 30 minutes of sustained activity earns you a mile.
  • During the sign-up process you have the option to join or form a team. Teams encourage each other to complete the challenge.
  • It isn’t a race. Everyone who completes the challenge will be a winner.
  • This event is open to anyone, anywhere. Because it’s virtual you might earn miles by paddling in the Everglades, or walking the streets of a European city.

You can form teams and compete with and motivate your friends and family to start the year off right, achieving your fitness goals, while helping families get access to nutritious food and professional advice on nutrition. 

The Coos County Friends of Public Health are hosting this event and all proceeds will go to the local Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Special Supplemental Nutrition program benefiting expecting mothers and children. 

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

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.

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
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.

Description

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.

or

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 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 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.

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.

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

Registration required. REGISTER HERE

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

Requires Registration–Registration Form

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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Remember to complete registration form.