Category: Hike Announcement

Dellenback Dunes Trail, Sunday, November 1

Dellenback Dunes Trail, Sunday, November 1

This hike is limited to 15 people, but if demand is high (and we have enough leaders) we can stagger start times.

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 link. There may not be a way to purchase it at the trailhead itself.

Rescheduled Humbug Mountain, Sunday September 27

Rescheduled Humbug Mountain, Sunday September 27

Requires Registration–Registration Form

Note: You must re-register, even if you signed up for the original hike.

This hike is limited to 15 people for each option, but if demand is high (and we have enough leaders) we can stagger start times. Also, there is a ‘short’ hike option described below, and some hikers may prefer that.

To volunteer to lead, send an email to hikes@coostrails.com.

Hike Description:   There will be two hikes running at the same time.

More Difficult Hike: The hike itself is just over 5 miles long, but the elevation gain is significant (about 1800 ft), which makes this a difficult hike. Because that is a snag on the East Trail that will be difficult to pass, we will hike up the West trail, and then return by the same trail, which provides good views of Port Orford as we descend.

Easier HikeThe ‘short’ hike isn’t really that much shorter, at just over 4 miles, but the highest elevation is only 434 feet. It follows along the old coast highway and offers good views of Humbug Mountain itself, Red Fish Rocks, and the town of Port Orford. 

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

There is a large tree down on the East trail, near the top, so it’s necessary to either bushwack around it or climb over it. The log is slippery and dirty, so climbing over is a challenge.

There are no restrooms at the trailhead. The restrooms are open at Battle Rock Park in Port Orford, so you may want to stop on the way.

Location and Time

Location and Time

We will meet at the Humbug Mountain trail head at 9:30 on Sunday, September 27.

Directions: Take the Coast Highway (101) south, past Port Orford. The trail head is about six miles south of Port Orford.

Remember to complete registration form.

Sunset Bay to Cape Arago

Sunset Bay to Cape Arago

Saturday August 22

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 to the Simpson Reef Overlook. From there we’ll cross the road and follow a trail that meets the pack trail. We’ll go up (and down, then up again)the pack trail, and eventually we’ll turn onto the perimeter trail, which will take us back toward Shore Acres. From Shore Acres we’ll take a shorter route back to Sunset Bay. The total hike is 8.5 miles. The highest elevation is 570 feet, but because we go up and down, we’ll have 1000 feet of climbing.

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.

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 are closed, but the restrooms at the beach (just to the North are open, so stop there on the way in. 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 the junction with the perimeter trail. 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 (closed) 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.

Virtual Group Hike–August 15-17

Virtual Group Hike–August 15-17

The hikes should be real. The GROUP will be virtual. Hike anywhere on the South Coast, by yourself, or with a small group of friends, and take photos. Post your photos on the facebook group or send them via email to hikes@coostrails.com. Feel free to add maps and short videos, if appropriate.

Pick your hike by looking at the hike descriptions. Choose your own start and end times and companions. Just send pictures so others can learn about our trails.

In addition to the hike descriptions on the website, there are a number of good books about our local trails. See the resources page. Most books are on sale at local bookstores, and at the Coos History Museum.

Don’t limit yourselves to our beautiful coastal beaches and forests, there are great opportunities for ‘in town’ hikes. Some examples are:

Bandon Historical Healthy Hikes

The Sawmill and Tribal Trails (Download the brochure and marker descriptions . They might be slightly out of date, but it’s still a great walk).

A Coos Bay History Walk…Start at the Coos History Museum, walk down Front Street toward the Boardwalk. Walk through downtown toward Mingus Park. Walk around Mingus Park, and return.

Other Healthy In Town Walks

Walking in North Bend

Walking in Coos Bay

Empire Lakes

What are the Hikes on the Zoom Screen?

Blacklock Point, Cape Mountain, Millacoma Marsh, Heceta Head, Hanging Rock, Port Orford Heads, Sweet Creek, Bandon History, Bastendorff Beach
South Slough Trails–Saturday, August 8

South Slough Trails–Saturday, August 8

Note: Registration Required. Register HERE

We will meet at the  South Slough National Estuarine Reserve Interpretive Center parking lot at 9:30 AM.  Then our hike leaders will take us on a series of trails through the reserve, including the Middle Creek trail, the Hidden Creek Trail, the  Tunnel Trail, and the Sloughside trail.  Short hikers can return to the Interpretive Center via the Railroad Trail and the Middle Creek Trail.  

Those wanting a longer hike can take the North Creek Trail back to the Interpretive Center.  Please note that there are no dogs allowed on the North Creek Trail, so if you are bringing your pet, you may be limited to a shorter hike.  

Hikers wanting to explore more may want to complete the day with some hikes on the South Reserve Trails.

You can find a brochure about the South Slough and the trails here.

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

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 hikes@coostrails.com. 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. In this case, the second group might reverse the direction of the first group.

Register Here

Location and Time

Meet 9:30 am at the parking area at the Interpretive Center.

Driving Directions:  From the North–From Hwy 101 in downtown Coos Bay follow the signs about 9 miles to Charleston.  Shortly after the Charleston drawbridge, take a left on Seven Devils Road.  Follow Seven Devils for 4.1 miles to the Interpretive Center.

From Bandon (and South):  Follow 101 North to West Beaver Hill Road (9 miles North of Bandon).  Turn left on W. Beaver Hill, toward Charleston.  Follow W. Beaver Hill for 6.1 miles until it becomes Seven Devils Road.  Follow Seven Devils for 2.2 miles to the Interpretive Center.

From Coquille:  Take 42W toward Coos Bay for 4.5 miles to N. Bank Road.  Take a left on N. Bank and follow it 4.3 miles to W. Beaver Hill Road.  W. Beaver Hill Rd. will cross 101 in 2.5 miles.  Follow W. Beaver Hill road 6.1 miles until it becomes Seven Devils.  Follow Seven Devils for 2.2 more miles to the Interpretive Center.

Bastendorff Bog Hike–Sunday, July 26

Bastendorff Bog Hike–Sunday, July 26

Note: Registration Required. Register HERE

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.

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

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 hikes@coostrails.com. 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.

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.  The short version of the hike will end at about noon, and the long version at 2:00.

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.

Eel Lake Hike–Saturday, July 11

Eel Lake Hike–Saturday, July 11

Note: Registration Required. Register HERE

Join us for one of our favorite hikes.

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.

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

Register Here

Location and Time

Meet at day use area at Tugman State Park at 10:00

Driving Directions: From the Visitor Center in downtown Coos Bay drive 18 miles N. on Hwy 101 to Tugman State Park on your right. Turn in and follow the signs to the day use area at Eel Lake.

With Help, Hikes Will Resume Soon

With Help, Hikes Will Resume Soon

Hikes have been cancelled since March. I am about to start scheduling hikes again, but to make that possible, there will be certain guidelines to keep all your fellow hikers comfortable:

  1. Hike groups will be limited to 15 people.
  2. You will be asked to contact me via email or Facebook so that I can control the number
  3. Hikers will be asked to maintain social distance 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
  6. First hikes on the schedule will be nearby so there won’t be a need for carpooling

NEED LEADERS!

To keep the group sizes smaller, I would like to offer multiple options for each hike (staggered start times, and different routes). In order to do that, I need people to lead the options.

If you would like to lead a hike, please email me at hikes@coostrails.com, and include your contact information:

Name:

eMail address:

Phone Number (cell is best):

Hike or trail you can lead:

For a reminder of hiking trails in the region, visit this list.