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.
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.
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.
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.