NORTH BEND — The North Spit Trails hike will begin at 10 a.m. sharp Sunday, Aug. 30, with the group departing from the BLM Boat Ramp parking on the North Spit. To join them, from U.S. Highway 101 just north of the McCullough Bridge turn at the Horsfall Dune Beach sign and travel west on the Transpacific Highway for approximately 4 miles.
Kim Griffin will lead hikers on a 6-mile trek on the trails at North Spit and along the bay. The hike will include crossing dunes, wetlands, and coastal forest and then along the beach. There will be plenty of loose sand on this walk, so you need to be prepared for that. This hike is rated as difficult and you should plan on 3.5 to 4 hours to complete the trip. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Don't forget your sunscreen or other sun protection. Walking sticks are recommended.
Don Luce will lead a shorter 3-mile hike, which is rated moderate to difficult. The group will make a shorter loop through dunes and coastal forest to the beach and back. Some walking and climbing in loose sand will be involved. Plan on 2.5 hours.
Suggested carpool sites and departure times: Coquille Visitor Center 9 a.m., Ray’s Market in Bandon 9 a.m., Dunes Information Center in Reedsport 9:10 a.m., and Battle Rock Park Visitor Center in Port Orford 8:15 a.m.