Coos Region...Adventure on Every Trail
Cape Arago Trails--Saturday, March 3
Location and Time
We will meet 9:00 at the Covered Pavilion at the end of the Arago Point loop for the hikes.
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.
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 (8:30am) 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, depending on conditions, will 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.
There is also an intermediate length hike that will skip the Perimeter trail section and hike up the Pack Trail and back.
Plan on 2 hours for the short hike and 3-4 hours for the long hike. Restrooms are at beginning and end of the long hike and a short drive from end of short hike. Pack a lunch to enjoy along the way, or at the end.
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