Siltcoos Lake Hike Saturday, February 29, 2020

Siltcoos Lake Hike Saturday, February 29, 2020

A rare February 29th Hike!

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.

Longer Hike

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),
  • Battle Rock Park 7:35am.
Hall Lake/Dellenback Dunes Winter Yardanging, Sunday, February 9, 2020

Hall Lake/Dellenback Dunes Winter Yardanging, Sunday, February 9, 2020

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

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.

Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:

  • Reedsport Visitor Center—9:00,
  • Coos Bay Visitor Center—8:45,
  • Ray’s in Bandon—8:30,
  • Coquille Visitor Center—8:30.
  • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—7:30.
Cape Blanco Trails–Saturday, January 25

Cape Blanco Trails–Saturday, January 25

This hike is actually a Friends of the Umpqua hike, but we will piggyback on it. It is one that hasn’t been on our schedule, and probably should be.

The hike will be a seven mile hike, starting on the Sullivan Gulch horse trail and looping through coastal forests, high ridges with coastal views, some beach walking, the Elk River, and, of course, the Cape itself.

The Friends of the Umpqua members will be leaving Roseburg at about 8:00, so we can expect them at the trailhead at 10:30. Parking is limited at the trailhead, so we should park about 1/4 mile away at a larger lot. We can meet there at 10:15, complete the signups, and then walk to the trailhead.

To get to the parking area, you will follow Highway 101 South to the turn-off for Cape Blanco (about 22 miles south of Bandon). Turn right on Cape Blanco Road, and follow that for 3.2 miles. Shortly after the ‘entering the park’ sign there is a short road on the right that takes you into a parking area. We’ll meet there.

Suggested Carpool Sites and Departure Times

  • Bay Area Visitor Center–9:00
  • Rays in Bandon–8:30
  • Coquille Visitor Center–9:00
  • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center 10:00
View of Blacklock Point from Cape Blanco
Cape Arago Audubon Society Event

Cape Arago Audubon Society Event

All are welcome at this February 12 Event

Cape Arago Audubon Society presents Chandra LeGue discussing her new book “Oregon’s Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide” on February 12, 2020 at the Coos Bay Library at 7 PM. All are welcome, refreshments will be served, and a copy of the book will be raffled off for only $1 per chance. No need to be present to win.

Chandra LeGue, Western Oregon Field Coordinator for Oregon Wild, has published this guide to help you get to know and love Oregon’s incredible places. In the book you will find 91 awe-inspiring hikes that reveal the very soul of Oregon. Chandra will talk about some of the fundamentals of these forests – what makes an ancient forest, what types exist in Oregon, where they are, who manages them, why so few still survive, and what threats they continue to face. She’ll also highlight a variety of the hiking experiences found in the book, covering natural history, human history, flora and fauna, so you come away with a better understanding of these complex ecosystems and their extraordinary value.

BIO:

Born and raised in southeastern Michigan, Chandra LeGue is proud to engage in work protecting and restoring the forests and wildlands of Oregon, her adopted home state. She earned her BS in biology from Carthage College in Wisconsin before moving to Oregon in 1999 to earn her master’s degree in environmental studies at the University of Oregon. Eugene has been her home ever since. Chandra has worked for Oregon Wild since 2003, promoting policies that protect and restore Oregon’s forests. She has led dozens of hikes in the Eugene area for Oregon Wild supporters, and she is the author of the new book “Oregon’s Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide.” Chandra currently also serves on the board of directors of the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council.

Walkable North Bend–January 18 (Saturday, 9:30)

Walkable North Bend–January 18 (Saturday, 9:30)

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.

Participants are encouraged to visit the Coos History Museum (in Coos Bay) after the hike.

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.

Suggested carpool sites & departure times:

  • Coos Bay Visitor Center—9:15,
  • Coquille Visitor Center—8:45,
  • Ray’s in Bandon—8:45,
  • Dune Information Center in Reedsport—8:45