The South Coast Striders hiking group is sponsoring a stroll along the Siltcoos Lake trail on Sunday, Aug. 27, beginning at 10 a.m. The trail makes a four-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. If it is raining this trail can be a little muddy in places, so waterproof boots are recommended (not likely in August).
Since you would be in the neighborhood, the Striders thought they would cross the highway and take the Waxmyrtle Trail out to the beach and back. This is an additional three-mile round trip.
Dog owners: Dogs will not be permitted on the beach because of Snowy Plover nesting restrictions, but they can go near to the beach and turn around.
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.
Location and Time
Meet at 10 a.m. at trailhead parking lot.
Directions to Siltcoos Lake Trail: Travel on Highway 101 to trailhead parking on east side of highway seven 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 9:25am,
Battle Rock Park 7:35am.
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