The South Coast Striders hiking group invites all comers to go “yardanging” in the Hall Lake/Dellenback Dunes area on Sunday, Feb. 9. The hikes (two, of different lengths) both start at 9:30 a.m. at the Hall & Schuttpelz Lakes Day Use area between Lakeside and Reedsport on the west side of Hwy 101.
Winter weather and wind shape dunes into the sand sculptures geologists refer to as “yardangs”. You can join the Striders for a three-mile, moderate-to-difficult trip up onto the dunes between Hall Lake and the ocean at a slow pace to enjoy the sandy artwork. This would be a slow and steady walk. Hiking sticks make this a much more enjoyable trip. This trip should last about 2-2.5 hours.
Alternatively, head on out toward the beach with the longer hikers and return on the Dellenback Dunes Trail or to Hall Lake for a 6 - 7 mile round trip. Rated difficult
Walking sticks and sturdy shoes are recommended. Dress for the weather, bring water and pack a lunch if you plan on the longer hike.
Driving Directions: Hall Lake is about 10 miles south of Reedsport and 17 miles north of Coos Bay on the west side of the highway. Take Hwy 101 to Wildwood Drive (opposite Tugman State Park entrance) and turn left into day-use area at Hall Lake.