Bastendorff Bog trail hike out and back, with some additional hiking in the area.
Make sure you read the hike guidelines below.Face coverings will be needed in several locations on the hike.
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 (above), and Bastendorff Beach, as well as our iconic coastal rock formations. We will all then return to the starting point, and those wanting a longer hike will continue hiking 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, which at this time of year probably means sun, but also some wind. Moderate, ~ 4-5 mostly flat miles.
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
Volunteer needed to help lead hike!
The 15 person limit will be strictly adhered to unless I have a volunteer to lead part of the group. If you want to volunteer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The hike isn’t difficult to lead, and I can take anyone who volunteers on a ‘pre-hike’ between now and the hike date. We mainly need to break into smaller groups because of locations where we tend to gather.
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.