Siltcoos Lake Hike

February 23, 2019 - 10:00 AM
Siltcoos Lake Trailhead
Westlake, OR
South Coast Striders

Siltcoos Lake.
Siltcoos Lake. | Photo courtesy of South Coast Striders

The public is invited to join the South Coast Striders for a hike along Siltcoos Lake Trail. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Siltcoos Lake Trail parking lot on Saturday, Feb. 23. Travel on Highway 101 to trailhead parking on the east side of the highway, seven miles south of Florence near Milepost 198.

The Siltcoos Lake 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 along the way.  

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. 

Longer Hike

While the South Coast Striders are in the neighborhood they 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.

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.