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
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.