COOS BAY - The South Coast Striders will lead a hike along the Blossom Gulch Trail on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The long hike will start at Blossom Gulch, up to the radio towers, then to Libby Road and back to Blossom Gulch. The long hike will be approximately 10 miles, and is rated difficult. Those attending are advised to dress in layers, bring rain gear, plenty of water and lunch and plan on three to four hours to complete the hike.

For a short option, hikers can cut the trip short and return from the radio towers. Hikers taking this option will hike 4 miles.

Both the long and short hikes begin with a steep uphill climb.

Hikers will leave at 9 a.m. from Blossom Gulch Elementary School, 333 S 10th St., Coos Bay.

The 2018 South Coast Striders hike schedule is "under construction," but there are some hike opportunities already planned.

First Day Hikes - Jan. 1: These aren't official South Coast Strider hikes, but there are a few nearby opportunities (note that the parks are asking people to sign up for the hikes):

Sunset Bay: This hike meets at the Sunset Bay Gazebo and starts at 1 p.m. (which gives plenty of time to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge at 9 a.m.) 

William Tugman State Park: This offers a hike on the south trail starting at 10 a.m.

Humbug Mountain State Park: A hike will be offered on the fern trail/Oregon Coast Trail and amphitheater trail.

To find out about other First Day Hikes in Oregon, visit the Oregon State Parks website events calendar.

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