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  Hiking for Health
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        South Coast Striders
      

The South Coast Striders is a hiking group which plans and delivers free hikes in cooperation with the Bay Area Hospital, and the Coos County Women's Health Coalition.  We are just a bunch of hikers who hike regularly and welcome others to come along. 

For information or to receive notification of upcoming hikes - send email to Don Luce at southcoaststriders@gmail.com

Not everyone is ready for the physical demands of Hiking.

We suggest that everyone consult their physician before beginning a new exercise regimen. 

The American Heart Association offers the following questions as general guidelines for people who are considering starting or increasing their level of exercise. - Click Here

You may need to build up your physical stamina before attempting our hikes.  

The Coos County Women's Health Coalition offers the following guides for starting and building a Healthy Walking Habit:

  Bandon        Coos Bay         Coquille        North Bend     

  South Coast Striders 2014 Schedule of Healthy Hikes  

Open printable version of Striders 2014 Schedule

New Participants Guide to Hiking with the South Coast Striders

WhatWhereWhen

Walkable North Bend

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Saturday - Jan 25th

Explore some of the many paths and trails commonly used by the folks in North Bend both past and present.  

You can join local authors and historians Dick and Judy Wagner on an easy to moderate 2 mile loop under the McCullough Bridge and through the woods to Ferry Park then along Bayview Ave and back up into town before returning to the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum.  This hike should last about 2 hours.

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Kim Griffin will lead a 5.5 mile loop at a little faster pace on the North Bend loop portion of the new Sawmill & Tribal Trail.  This walk will head out 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 on to Ferry Road Park before returning to the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum.  This hike is rated difficult and should last 3—3.5 hours              

We will stop for a half hour lunch/snack break at Ferry Road Park.  

We will meet in the parking lot of the Coos Historical and Maritime Museum.


Directions:  The North Bend Visitor Center is just off Hwy 101 on the N end of town next to the Historical Museum and Simpson Park.                                     

Suggested carpool sites & departure times:   Coos Bay Visitor Center—9:20, Coquille Visitor Center—9:00, Ray’s in Bandon—9:00,  Dune Information Center in Reedsport—9:00 

Saturday
Jan 25th
9:45am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Eel Lake Trail

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Saturday - February 22nd

Join us for one of our favorite hikes.  Hikers, Paddlers, Pedalers & Swimmers are all invited to join us.  

Bob Golden will lead 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. 

Cindy Holmes will lead the longer hike (6 miles total ) 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 a very nice flat water paddle & has a swimming area (swimmers should wear wetsuits this time of year).  Mei and I plan to paddle early putting in at 7:30am before the wind picks up.    Anyone is welcome to join us.  If you time it right you could paddle and then go on the hike at 10am as well.    

 

 

We will meet in the Day Use Area next to Eel Lake at Tugman State Park.

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.

 

Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:  Reedsport Visitor Center—9: 30, Coos Bay Visitor Center—9:20, Ray’s in Bandon—8:55,  Coquille Visitor Center—8:55.  Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—8:00.
Saturday
Feb 22nd
10:00am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Seven Devils to Whiskey Run

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Sunday - March 23rd

We will learn a little about the colorful mining history of the area and do a little tide pooling and rock hounding along the way.    This is a popular beach for agate and petrified wood hunting. 

 

We will all leave together at 11:00am and travel south along the beach to Fivemile Point.   Part of us will return along the beach  from Fivemile Point for a 2.4 mile trip rated easy to moderate.   

The rest of the group will continue along the beach past Fivemile Point to Whiskey Run beach then return along the Oregon Coast Trail alternative route for a 5.4 mile round trip rated difficult.   

There is a 0.8 mile section of road walking on Whisky Run Rd.   2-3 mph average pace.

 

* Waterproof boots or shoes, a windbreaker with a hood and hiking sticks are recommended.  

The weather can change rapidly so dress in layers and come prepared for rain and/or foggy conditions. 

 

 

Both HIkes will leave the Seven Devil's Wayside at 11:00am

Driving Directions:  From Hwy 101 between Coos Bay and Bandon: go W on W. Beaver Hill - go 1.7 m. then left on Whisky Run - go 2.6 then right on Seven Devil's Rd. - Wayside is 1.6 miles on left. 

From Charleston, OR:  Go South on Seven Devil’s Rd 6.1 miles.  At intersection with W. Beaver Hill Rd bear right  on gravel portion of Seven Devil’s Rd for 4.2 miles to Wayside entrance on your right.

 

  Suggested Carpool sites and Departure Times: Coos Bay Visitor Center— 10:05, Dune Information Center in Reedsport  9:25, Rays in Bandon—10:30, Coquille Visitor Center—10:05, Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—9:45

 

Sunday
March 23rd
11:00am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Sweet Creek Falls

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Sunday - April 13th

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.  All together 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.  

 

Bring lunch and water and raingear, dress in layers, and wear sturdy waterproof boots.  

 

We will meet and caravan from the Dune Information Center in Reedsport

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 8:00 and reach the Sweet Creek Falls trail head at 9:30.  Some gravel roads and deep pot holes are on our route but we will go easy.

Suggested carpool sites & departure times:  Reedsport Visitor Center  - 8:00,  Public Parking north of Coos Bay Visitor Center—7:10,    Rays in Bandon—6:40,    Coquille Visitor Center—6:40,    Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—5:50


Sunday
April 13th
8:00am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

  Let's Walk & Talk Together

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Saturday - May 10th

Join us in Mingus Park for a celebration of Women's Health.

Registration for the event starts at 9:00am next to the stage at Mingus Park.

 9:30am -  Warm up Stretch and Zumba!

At 10:00am - Let's Move !!!
Participants can choose from several walk options or join in a warm up aerobics session. There will be music and a DJ at the park so you can get your walking groove on.

There will be dozens of booths set up around the paved track at Mingus park offering participants the latest information on the care and prevention of health care issues affecting women.  There will even be a Zumba demonstration.

You can take some trips around the 1/2 mile track while perusing the various exhibits or you can take off on a 1.5 mile hike on Mingus Park trails (rated moderate) .  The more you walk - the more tickets you earn for the prize drawing.


At 11:30 - we will all meet back at the stage area for closing comments and a drawing for lots of prizes.

11:30 to 12:00 - Wrap up and last visits to exhibits

I hope you will all attend and bring a family member, friend or neighbor with you.
Rain or Shine - It is going to be fun.

 

Participants need to register next to the stage area at Mingus Park in Coos Bay between 9:00 and 9:30 am.     

Directions: Take Hwy 101 into Coos Bay. Turn on Commercial where signs point to Charleston/Ocean Beaches. Go .35 miles then bear right at 7th St. continuing on Commercial. Continue 3 blocks then turn right on 10th St.   Park at Ball Park or Pool parking off 10th St.


We expect a big turnout, so please consider carpooling to reduce congestion at the park.

Suggested Carpool Sites and Departure Times: Public Parking near Coos Bay Visitor Center - 8:50am, North Bend Visitor Center - 8:45am, Ray's Grocery in Bandon - 8:25am, Coquille Information Center - 8:25am, Reedsport Information Center - 8:15am, Battle Rock Park - 7:45am
Saturday
May 10th 9:00am
to noon


*Registration takes place between 9:00 and 9:30 next to the stage at Mingus Park.

Rocky Peak 

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Sunday - May 18th

The Really Tough Hike: Reg Pullen will lead us on an exploration of this little known area of high rocky ridgeline habitat with views that reach from the Pacific Ocean to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  This 2.3 mile section of the old Asa Carey trail (circa.1870) climbs 1300 feet to a rocky outcropping at 3029 feet.  4.6 mile round trip. 

The full hike up to Rocky Peak has some very steep grades and is rated most difficult.

The Less Difficult Hike: You will have the option to cover the first moderate to difficult portion of the Rocky Peak trail for some nice views and some interesting flora.    We will stop at an overlook for lunch.  You can rest or do a little exploring in some of the nearby meadows and wooded areas and then we follow our new and "Kinder" path that the local deer were taking back up to the road before returning to the trailhead for a total of 3 miles. 

We will meet and caravan from the Battle Rock Park lot at 9:30am Saturday. 

Directions: We will leave from the Coos Bay Visitor Center at 8:00am or travel S on Hwy101 - 51 miles to the Battle Rock Park Visitor Center in Port Orford where we will leave to caravan to the trail at 9:30 sharp.

Suggested Carpool Sites & departure times:  Bay Area Visitor Center—8:00, Rays in Bandon—8:35,  Coquille Visitor Center—8:05,  Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—9:30

 

Sunday
May18th
9:30am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Euphoria Ridge

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Saturday - May 24th

Don Ivy, cultural resources program coordinator for the Coquille Tribe will lead us on a hike through a beautiful rocky meadow and give us some insight into how native people lived and interacted with the land and its resources and how they are managing those resources to support traditional uses.  

Don is going to change things a bit this year and take us into some additional areas, so the hike will be a bit longer.

Hike is a moderate 4 miles but there are some steep climbs.  Plan on 3 to 3.5 hours.

* This hike leaves the Bridge Country Store at 9:30 and is limited to 30 people. 

Email Don Luce at southcoaststriders@gmail.com to reserve your spot.  

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Don Luce & Dave Gray will lead an 8 mile hike from Euphoria Ridge to Bear Pen Creek. The hike will go through 4 trails sections from meadow to mature alder forest to old growth with old roads connecting them.  This hike is rated difficult and a shuttle set up is required to make it one way.

                                      

 * We leave the Bridge Store at 9:00 sharp in order to set up the shuttle and leave ahead of the next group.      Plan on 4 hours. 

       Dress for the weather and for walking through tall wet grass.         Don’t forget water, it can get hot.

We will meet and caravan from the Bridge Country Store.  Long hike leaves at 9am and Don Ivy's hike leaves at 9:30am.    

Driving Directions: From Myrtle Point, head east on Hwy 42.   Go approximately 9 mi., turn right into parking lot of the Bridge Country Store.  Reg Pullen’s group will leave here at 9:00am.   Don Ivy’s group at 9:30am.

Suggested carpool sites and departure times:  Bay Area Visitor Center - 7:45 or 8:15, Coquille Visitor Center - 8:15 or 8:45,  Rays in Bandon - 7:45 or 8:15.
Saturday
May 24th
9:00 & 9:30am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Hanging Rock - Panther Ridge Clay Hill to Rogue River Trail

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Saturday - May 31st & Sunday - June 1st

Hanging Rock in the Wild Rogue River Wilderness is perched at 3500 ft overlooking the Rogue River canyon and the rapids below.  The Panther Ridge trail winds along this high ridge under magnificent stands of old growth timber with rhododendron and scrub oak and nest of bear grass.    Hikers can either hike the easy to moderate 1.9 mile round trip to Hanging Rock and back or they can extend their hike along the Panther Ridge trail to Clay Hill for a 5.5 mile total hike - rated difficult.  Shuttle set up required.  Hikers can finish the day with optional trips to Coquille Falls (1 mile moderate) and Elk Creek Falls (.25 miles easy),  which are both on our way back toward Powers.  Bring at least 1 liter of water if you are taking the short hike and at least 2 if you plan on taking the longer hike. 

Boots and walking sticks are recommended for both hikes.

A small group will backpack 4.5 miles down to the Rogue River on the Clay Hill trail and camp overnight then walk out 6 miles along the Rogue River Trail  to Big Bend Trail head on Sunday before going home.

* You must register for the overnight trip by May 26th by emailing Don Luce at southcoaststriders@gmail.com 

 

 

 

We will leave from the OSU County Extension Office in Myrtle Point at 7:15am

Directions to County Extension office in Myrtle Point:  From Coquille travel on Hwy 42 to Myrtle Point. As you enter town turn right on Ash St. then right on 6th street then right on Alder St.  Extension office is at 631 Alder St.

Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:  Coos Bay Visitor Center 6:20am,  Coquille Visitor Center 6:50am,     Ray’s in Bandon 6:20am, OSU Ext. in Myrtle Point 7:15am, Reedsport Visitor Center 5:20am, Battle Rock Park 5:45am.

 

Saturday
May 31st
& Sunday
June 1st
7:15am
Saturday


*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Arago Pack Trail & New Perimeter Trail Loop and Annual  Striders Picnic

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Saturday - June 7th

 
Bring a picnic lunch and/or something to throw on the grill for the picnic at noon afterwards.

Hike Description:   Take a 2.5 mile one way trip from Cape Arago Point on the Arago Pack Trail toward Simpson Reef ( we will stop there briefly to check out the local wildlife) then along the Oregon Coast Trail to a point .25 miles S of Shore Acres Botanical Garden.

*Those wishing to end their hike here need to arrive a little early (8:15am) to set a vehicle beside the road .25 miles S of Shore Acres.  

For those wanting a longer hike we will cross the highway and take New Perimeter Trail and Arago Pack Trail back to Arago Point for a total of 7.5 miles of hiking.   The Short hike is rated moderate and the long hike is rated moderate to difficult.  
Plan on 2 hours for the short hike and 3 hours for the long hike.  Restrooms are at beginning and end of the long hike and a short drive from end of short hike.

We will meet at the Covered Pavilion at the end of the Arago Point loop

Driving Directions:  From Hwy 101 in downtown Coos Bay follow the signs 12.3 miles through Charleston to Sunset Bay State Park.  Continue past Simpson Reef overlook to the covered Pavilion out on the point..

Suggested Carpool sites and departure times: Coos Bay Visitor Center 8:15,  Rays in Bandon— 8:00,   
Coquille Visitor Center—8:00, Dune Information Center in Reedsport— 7:40.

 

Saturday
June 7th
9:00am
Hike Starts
12:00pm
Picnic Starts


*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Connect the Boardwalk

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Saturday - June 21st

Meet at California Street Pier at the North Bend Boardwalk

Kim S. Griffin, a long time resident of the Coos Bay Area, will lead the long walk, which is approximately 4.8 miles, and should take about 2.5 hours.  There will also be a short walk, which will be led by Don Luce.  The short walk is approximately 1.3 miles, and should take about 1 hour.  They will divulge historic secrets, intriguing details and tall tales, as well as highlight access and connectivity issues.

Shuttles will be available at the beginning of the walk to transport walkers from the parking area at California Street Pier at North Bend Boardwalk to the Coos Bay Boardwalk where walkers will gather before heading off on their choice of the long or short walk.  A shuttle will return those enjoying the short walk to the California Street Pier at North Bend Boardwalk.  Those who wish to self-shuttle or walk the round trip are welcome to do so.  Shuttles are available for walkers and service dogs only.

Remember to wear weather appropriate walking clothes and shoes.  Most of this in town walk will be on pavement.  Bring your own water and snacks, and dog walkers, please remember your doggie bags and water for the pups. 

This Community Walk is presented by CONNECT! the Boardwalks, a community organization supporting the creation and improvement of the Coos Waterfront Park and Walkway, together with South Coast Striders.

For additional information please visit our Facebook Page “Connect the Boardwalks”, our website at https://sites.google.com/site/connecttheboardwalks or contact us at mzconnect@charter.net or 541-297-5101.

 

We will meet at the California Street Pier at the North Bend Boardwalk.
Park there and board shuttles to the Coos Bay Boardwalk to begin our walks.
Saturday
June 21st
9:00am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Sawmill & Tribal Trail to the Clamboree

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Saturday - June 28th

On June 29th, history buffs, walkers, visitors, and community members of all ages are invited to join us as we walk the Sawmill & Tribal Trail to the “Clamboree” celebration in Empire. 

 

The Sawmill & Tribal Trail honors paths developed by Coos tribal ancestors that connected their bayside villages and hunting grounds.  Later settlers also used these trail.  Today we are traveling the Sawmill & Tribal Trail to learn more about our local history and native plant life and to enjoy the “Clamboree”

 

We will meet at the Empire Boat Ramp parking at 8:30 a.m. then participants can either organize their own carpools or take advantage of our limited shuttle service to either of two starting points for the hike.  You could also have someone drop you off at either of these starting points then meet you later at the Clamboree.   We should begin walking from both starting points shortly after 9am.  

 

You can walk 2 1/4 miles of the trail to Empire from the Lakeshore Drive entrance of John Topits park or walk the entire 5.6 miles of the trail to Empire from the end of Ferry Road in North Bend.

 

Citizens from Coos Bay, North Bend, and the Confederated Tribes have all worked together to develop this historic urban trail.  

We hope you enjoy it.!!

 

We will meet at the Boat Ramp parking in Empire at 8:30am then head out to the starting points from there.

Directions to Empire Docks:  From Hwy 101 - go 2.9 miles west on Newmark Ave. then turn left onto Arago hwy.  Take your first right onto Michigan Ave. and continue to docks.

Directions to Ferry Road Park:  Go N. on Hwy 101 through North Bend - take the last right turn (Ferry Rd) before the McCullough Bridge and continue. 2 miles to park on your left.

Directions to Lakeshore Drive Entrance of John Topits Park:  From Hwy 101 - Go west on Newmark Ave. for 1 mile - trun right at light onto Broadway St. - Go .5 miles and turn left on 17th ST.  - continue 1 mile on 17th which turns into 16th then into Lakeshore Drive - Paved pull out and gated park entrance on your left.  

Saturday
June 28th
8:30am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Cape Blanco State Park to Paradise Point

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Saturday - July 5th

Don’t miss the rugged beauty of this exposed rocky point.   We will hike out to the mouth of the Sixes River on the  Sixes River Trail then travel south along the beach toward the lighthouse.  We will then take the Oregon Coastal Trail up to the lighthouse road where one group will combine the N. Cape trail and the Hughes House trail and wind along the coast back down to the trailhead and the other group will take the S. Cape trail to South Beach then continue south crossing the Elk River - (Knee  Deep) and end at Paradise Point. 

If you are planning on the hike to Paradise Point you will need to come 40 minutes early and meet at intersection of Hwy 101 and Cape Blanco Rd, so we can drive to Paradise point and leave a vehicle or two.    The short hike will be  4 miles and is easy to moderate with some relatively steep climbs and sand walking.  The longer hike will be 8 miles and involve a shuttle set up and one fast water river crossing. * A windbreaker with a hood and hiking sticks are recommended.   The weather can change rapidly from warm and sunny to windy and foggy.

 

Both hikes leave the trailhead parking beyond the Hughes House at 9am

Long hikers should meet at the intersection of Hwy 101 and Cape Blanco Rd at 8:20 to arrange to drop vehicles at Paradise point and make it back to trailhead by 9am.

Driving Directions:  From downtown Coos Bay drive south on Highway 101 for 46 miles turning right onto Cape Blanco Rd and follow the signs to the Hughes House on your right in roughly 2.5 miles.  The trailhead for this hike begins behind the Hughes House. From Port Orford drive north on Highway 101 for 2 miles and turn left onto Cape Blanco Rd and follow the signs.

Suggested Carpool sites and Departure Times: Bay Area Visitor Center—7:30, Dune Information Center in Reedsport 6:40, Rays in Bandon—8:00, Coquille Visitor Center—7:30, Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—8:25

 

Saturday
July 5th
9:00am
Long hikers need to arrive at Cape Blanco Rd and Hwy 101 at 8:20 for shuttle set up.
*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Tahkenitch Dunes & Threemile Lake Trails

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Sunday - July 13th

Experience the amazing diversity of the Oregon coast range on either of these two hikes.

You can travel out along the Tahkenitch Dunes Trail as it winds through the woods to where Tahkenitch Creek empties onto the beach and return along the same trail for a 3.5 mile trip out and back.  Participants will return to the parking area on their own.  This hike should last 2.5—3 hours. 

 or

Take a longer more vigorous hike with Don Luce who will lead you on a 6 mile loop combining the Tahkenitch Dune trail and the Threemile Lake trail.  We will all hike together on the Tahkenitch Dune Trail to the beach then hike north along the beach then back through the dunes past the beautiful and remote Threemile lake then through a mature and mossy Spruce forest then back to the parking lot. 

The long  hike is rated difficult and should last 4 hours.   

Bring lunch, plenty of water and dress in layers for hot and sunny to cold, foggy and windy weather.

 

We will meet at the Tahkenitch Dunes - Threemile Lake trailhead near milepost marker 204. 

Directions:  8 miles North of Reedsport on your left , Mile post marker 204 on Hwy 101.

This is a Forest Service day  use area .

A $5 day use fee per vehicle or appropriate pass is required for parking at this trailhead.  

Suggested carpool sites and departure times:  Coos Bay Visitor Center—8:45, Coquille Visitor Center—8:10, Ray’s in Bandon—8:10, Dunes Information Center in Reedsport—9:35, Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—7:30.

 

 

Sunday
July 13th
10:00am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Floras Lake to Blacklock Point

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Saturday - July 19th

  Join Reg Pullen for this rugged 8.5 mile journey from Floras Lake to Blacklock Point along beaches,  densely wooded trails and exposed rocky points with beautiful ocean views.  

This hike is rated difficult to most difficult. 

 

 Dress in layers, windbreaker with a hood is recommended.  Bring water and something to eat.  There is walking in deep sand involved in both hikes.

 

We will meet at the New River ACEC in front of the Ellen Warring Learning Center

Directions: From Bandon or Coos Bay, travel south on Hwy. 101 to Langlois. Go 1/2 mile past Langlois and turn right (west) on Floras Lake Loop Road. Follow the signs 3 miles to Floras Lake and Boice-Cope County Park.

 

Suggested Carpool Sites and departure times:  Bay Area Visitor Center—8:40,  Coquille Visitor Center—8:40,  Ray’s in Bandon—9:15, Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—9:15

 

 

Saturday
July 19th
10:00am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Historic Bandon

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Saturday - August 9th

Join archaeologist and historian, Reg Pullen for a  4 mile walking tour of Bandon.  Reg  will share all the local lore and colorful history of Bandon while touring various historical points of interest.

 The total hike is 4 miles, rated moderate to difficult with some sand walking involved and should last 2.5 to 3 hours. 

The first part of the walk will take place in “Old Town Bandon” and if you aren’t up for the longer beach walk you can end your walk there. 

Dress appropriately for the weather.  A windbreaker with a hood is recommended for the beach section along with a walking stick.  Bring water. 

 

We will meet in Public Parking lot in Old Town Bandon at the corner of 2nd St SE and Alabama Ave.

DirectionsFrom Hwy 101 in Bandon, turn onto 2nd St SE and go south 3 blocks to corner of Alabama Ave.  Lot is just ahead of you at the corner. 

Suggested Carpool sites and departure times— Coos Bay Visitor Center  9:15,  Coquille Visitor Center 9:15,  Dune Information Center in Reedsport 8:20,   Battle Rock Park Visitor Center in Port Orford  9:00.

 

Saturday
August 9th
9:45am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Kentucky Falls and N. Fork Smith River Trails

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Sunday - August 17th

Our first hike is to Kentucky Falls and back. Kentucky Falls area offers views of 3 waterfalls two of which drop over 100 feet.  This hike is 2.2 miles down to falls then 2.2 miles back on switchback trail.  It is rated moderate to difficult.  Plan on 3.5 hours to complete the hike with plenty of time to relax, eat lunch, enjoy the falls and then walk back up the switch back trail at your leisure. 

For those who want a more challenging hike join  Kim Griffin and Dave Gray as they continue another 6.5 miles down along the N. Fork Smith River trail.  The trail winds back and forth over several rustic bridges through old growth forest of Douglas Fir, Hemlock, Western Red Cedar and Big Leaf Maples. We will make a side trip to the cable suspension bridge and eat lunch along the creek and  soak our tired feet.  Bring a towel. 

The long hike is rated most difficult with two wet stream crossings and climbing through and around down trees and small landslides and through salmonberry. Participants should plan on 6.5  hours for the total 9 miles of hiking.       

 Long sleeve shirts, long pants, gloves, and some strap on sandals for wet crossings are required. 

Bring lunch and water and raingear, dress in layers, and wear sturdy waterproof boots.  

 

We will leave the Dune Information Center parking lot in Reedsport at 7:30am

DirectionsFrom 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 7:30 and reach the Kentucky Falls trail head around 9:00.  Some gravel roads and pot holes are on our route so we will go easy.

Suggested Carpool sites and departure times Reedsport Visitor Center  - 7:30,  Bay Area Visitor Center—6:45,    Rays in Bandon—6:10,    Coquille Visitor Center—6:10,    Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—5:20

  

 

Sunday
August 17th
7:30am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Dry Creek - Wet Hike

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Sunday - August 24th

We are heading back to this beautiful  tributary of the Sixes River near Edson Creek Campground.  Reg Pullen will lead us along Dry Creek, which  is  intermittently dry and wet along it’s course.  We will follow  the creek bed through woods, narrow canyons, over gravel bars and boulders with occasional sections of ankle deep  to knee deep or higher water.  We will be hiking along an old road that parallels the creek and this will take some of the deeper creek hiking out of the trip.

Hike is 7-8 miles out and back and rated difficult to most difficult

 * Sorry but dogs are not allowed on this hike due to the terrain and a high level of bear activity in this area.   

Those who are not up for the full 6-8 miles out and back can shorten their hike by returning on their own earlier in the hike. 

Sturdy boots or a pair of water sandals or tennis shoes are needed.  Whatever you wear they will be wet. 

Walking sticks are recommended.   Pack a lunch and dress appropriately for the weather. 

 

 

We will leave from the parking lot of the Sixes Post Office at 9:00am sharp.

Driving Directions:  From Coos Bay Visitor Center drive 45.5 miles South on Hwy 101.  Turn right/west into parking lot of Sixes Post Office on other side of highway from turn off for Edson Campground on CR184 / Sixes River Road.

 

Suggested Carpool sites and Departure Times: Coos Bay Visitor Center 7:45, Dune Information Center in Reedsport 7:00, Rays in Bandon—8:15, Coquille Visitor Center—7:45, Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—8:30

 

Sunday
Aug 24th
9:00am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

 

Cape Mountain Trails

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Sunday - Sept 7th

Beautiful wooded trails and high meadows  with views that go on for miles.   We have put together a sampler of this wonderful  17 mile trail system  that offers  lots  of options for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.    

Our long hike will be 7 miles and will combine the Wapati Trail, Nelson Ridge Trail and Tasha trail. 

We will lunch in the meadow at the site of an old lookout tower.  

Hikers will have the option to shorten their hike to 3 miles by branching off on the Lookout Loop trail. 

The short hike will be 3 miles and is rated moderate overall,  but you still have to make the climb up to the lookout. 

The longer hike is 7 miles and is rated difficult overall. 

Dress for the weather and bring plenty of water and something to eat.

Hiking Sticks will make the climbing  easier.   

Meet at N. end of Fred Meyer parking lot in Florence then drive to Dry Lake trail head

 

Driving Directions:  Take Hwy 101 N through Florence, OR.   Fred Meyer ( on your left) is part of large shopping center on N. side of town.  We will meet on the N end of the lot next to the gas station.

 

Suggested Carpool sites and Departure Times: Coos Bay Visitor Center—7:00, Dune Information Center in Reedsport 7:40, Rays in Bandon—6:30, Coquille Visitor Center—6:30, Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—5:50
Sunday
Sept 7th
8:30am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Mount Bolivar Trail

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Saturday - September 20th

 Saturday
Sept 20th
7:30am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Dellenback Dunes

& Tenmile Creek

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Saturday - October 4th

Don Luce will lead 9 miles total hike to the beach on the John Dellenback Dune Trail then south along the beach  and return across the dunes from near 10 mile creek.  This is a spectacular but very difficult hike in loose sand if it doesn’t rain prior to the hike.  Dress in layers, bring plenty of water and lunch and plan on 5 hours to complete the hike.            

There will be an option to cut your trip short and return "self- guided" to the trail head after a short trip out onto the dunes for a taste of the stark beauty they provide. This hike approximately 2-2.5 miles long and is rated moderate but some walking in deep sand is involved. Trip should last 2 hours.  

We will meet at the Dellenback Dunes Trail head. 

$5.00 day use fee per  vehicle or appropriate pass required.

Directions:  From Coos Bay Visitor Center, travel north on Hwy. 101 - 15.4 miles to John Dellenback Dunes Trail on left next to S. Eel Creek Campground.  

Carpool Sites and departure times:   Bay Area Visitor Center—9:20,  Rays in Bandon—8:50,  Coquille Visitor Center—8:50,  Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—8:10, Reedsport Visitor Center -  9:25

Saturday
Oct 4th
10:00am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Golden & Silver Falls

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Sunday - October 19th

Local author and historian; Lionel Youst, will meet us at the trail head and give a short talk about the life and times of the people who lived  “Above the Falls” in the Upper Glenn Creek Valley.  Following the presentation by Mr. Youst we will head up the trail.   The 2.8 mile roundtrip hike 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. 

       

For those wanting a longer hike we will be continuing another 1.7 miles beyond the falls for a 6.2 mile total trip.  We will visit an old homestead site and then hike along Frog Creek where we will stop for lunch. So pack a lunch and plan to sit back above the falls and drink it all in.  There are pit toilets and picnic tables next to the parking area at the beginning of the hike.

This time of year the Frog Creek crossing will be deeper, so waterproof boots and a walking stick are recommended.

We will meet at Golden and Silver Falls Trail head. 

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.

Sunday
October 19th
10:00am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Barklow Mountain

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Sunday - November 30th

This trail follows the ridge to the location of the old fire lookout on the highest point of Barklow Mountain at 3,579 foot elevation.  The trip to the summit and back is 3.7 miles out and back with a 1100 foot elevation gain and is rated difficult.  This spot offers excellent views of the Siskiyou Mountains. 

 

We will all go to the summit together then those who want a longer and more difficult hike can continue along the north  ridge of Barklow Mountain to the east trail head at FS-3363 and return to our starting point for a total hike of 8 miles rated - most difficult.  Most of this trail is within the Copper-Salmon Wilderness.

This is a difficult rocky trail, so walking sticks and boots with good ankle support are highly recommended.

Bring plenty of water, lunch and dress appropriately for both heat and windy exposed areas.    

We are traveling on gravel roads with pot holes, slumps, and some high centers. 

Passenger vehicles might scrub bottom occasionally, so high clearance vehicles are recommended. 

We will leave the parking lot of Ray's Grocery in Bandon at 7:30am

Directions to Ray’s in Bandon:  Ray’s is located just off Hwy 101 on the North end of Bandon.

Suggested Carpool sites and departure times:  Coos Bay Visitor Center 6:45am,  Coquille Visitor Center 6:45am,     Ray’s in Bandon 7:30am,  Reedsport Visitor Center 6:00am.    *If you are coming from Curry County just meet us at intersection of Hwy 101 and CR 308 / Elk River Rd. around 8:00am. 
Sunday
Nov 30th
7:30am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.

Hall Lake & Dellenback Dunes Winter Yardanging

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Saturday - Dec 20th

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 to the beach with Kim Griffin and Dave Gray and return on the Dellenback Dunes Trail or to Hall
Lake for a 6 - 7 mile round trip. Rated difficult


* Those going on the long hike should meet at Dellenback Dunes Trail head at 8:30am and drop a vehicle or two before heading to Hall Lake to start your hike or just plan to return to Hall Lake from the beach.


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 Hall Lake Day Use Area. 

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—8: 15, Coos Bay Visitor Center—8:10, Ray’s in Bandon—7:55, Coquille Visitor Center—7:55. Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—7:00.
Saturday
Dec 20th
9:00am

*always arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for sign in and hike introduction.
 

South Coast Strider's Hike Photos

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Millicoma Marsh 2011                                             Cape Mountain Trails 2011                          Iron Mountain & Big Tree Trails 2011
        
Bandon Historical Hike 2009                                  Hanging Rock & Panther Ridge 2009                                  Euphoria Ridge 2009             

                                                                                                         
Cherry Creek & China Wall 2010                  Sweet Creek & Beaver Creek Falls 2011                               Rocky Peak 2009                
 
       
Siltcoos Lake & Waxmyrtle Trails                       South Slough North Creek Trail                       Hanging Rock Pre-Hike May 24 2010
 

 

 

 

Read hike descriptions by clicking on the links below:

Coos Bay Waterfront 2005 | North Spit 2005 | Sunset Bay 2006 | Seven Devils 2006

Millicoma Marsh 2006 | Oregon Coast Trail 2008 | North Spit Shipwrecks 2008 | Eel Lake 2008

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