Cape Blanco Loop (Oregon Coast) 08-May-2019

We embarked on a week-long trip to the Oregon Coast, partly for hiking and partly to give an invited talk at the Siuslaw Public Library on Oregon’s Wilderness Areas. This is a good time to visit the coast, as its ahead of the busy tourist season and the weather usually (but not always) cooperates with some sunshine. We had originally intended to visit the Japanese Bomb Site near Brookings, but that hike got shelved when we found its access road closed. So, after a night in Gold Beach, we continued north, in sunny 😎 but very windy weather, to do a short hike at Port Orford Heads State Park – an old Coast Guard lifeboat station. This visit gave us a good insight into the effort and dedication required to rescue ship’s crews in the days before powerful surf boats and helicopters.

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Blacklock Point Loop (Oregon Coast) 07-Dec-2017

Blacklock Point, Floras Lake State Park, Oregon

Having been granted a foul weather reprieve for one more dry visit to the Oregon Coast this year, we headed there to walk on the beach and enjoy a few short hikes. The third and last of these was a loop (5.5 miles roundtrip; 300 feet of elevation gain) – on a section of the Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) – from a trailhead at Cape Blanco State Airport to Blacklock Point  in the Floras Lake State Natural Area.  The viewless walk through the enveloping coastal forest was rewarded by expansive views from the Point and also from other viewpoints along the loop on yet another  bluebird day!  What a way to wrap-up our impromptu, but spectacular, visit to the coast in winter.

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Humbug Mountain State Park (Oregon Coast) 11-Oct-2016

Humbug Mountain State Park Oregon Coast

This weather forecast was calling for rain by the end of the week, with up to 10 inches in 24 hours predicted for places on the Southern Oregon Coast (a forecast that has since been upgraded to “…more than the typical rainfall for the entire month of October, and for the Medford airport, could be the wettest 5 day period in October since 1962…” {the year of the infamous Columbus Day Storm}).  With this ominous prognostication in mind, we decided to make a run for the coast and do a couple of short, but unique, hikes that had been on the edge of our to do list for awhile.

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