Sunset Bay to Cape Arago Hike

January 19, 2019 - 9:00 AM
Sunset Bay State Park
Day Use Area
89814 Cape Arago Hwy
Coos Bay, OR
South Cost Striders

Sunset Bay (to the right) and Gregory Point.\Photo by Alex Derr.
Sunset Bay (to the right) and Gregory Point. | Photo by Alex Derr.

Join the South Coast Striders for a great hike from Sunset Bay to Arago Park on January 19, starting at 9 a.m. They will start at the Sunset Bay Day Use Area (89814 Cape Arago Hwy, Coos Bay), and follow the trail to the headland, where they will walk along the bluff, with great views of the ocean. As the group continues around the group campground, they'll descend to Norton Gulch, and then take the trail along the bluff to Shore Acres, viewing incredible sandstone formations along the way. The trail from Sunset Bay to Shore Acres is about 2 miles, and those desiring a shorter hike can turn around there (for a total of 4 miles).

The longer hikers will continue past Shore Acres to Simpson Beach, and then follow the Coast Trail to the Simpson Reef overlook, and then through the woods to Cape Arago. The whole trip to Cape Arago will be about 4.5 miles, one-way, with a shorter return, using the Cape Arago Highway.

Along the way to the Simpson Reef Overlook, the group will branch off on some lesser known trails that provide great views.

Location: Meet 9:00 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 p.m.

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.