We lucked out with the weather for this second week of October, no rain and mostly sunny for the entire week...and my foot is feeling better, the stars aligned for some hiking! Our first afternoon was a short walk at Chetco Point Park followed by some delicious beers at Chetco Brewing.
|Hans is standing on the bridge on the ridge at Chetco Point.|
|Rugged Chetco Point.|
|Excellent blueberry ale and imperial coconut porter at Chetco Brewing!|
|Subtle sunset beauty through the clouds on our first night.|
We took a good long hike on the Oregon Coast Trail; currently about 200 miles of beach and 155 miles of completed trails and road sections. When completed, the route will be about 400 miles long, stretching from the Columbia River to the California border.
We parked at Whaleshead Beach and hiked to Thomas Creek Bridge for a total of about six rugged miles (out and back). This portion of the Oregon Coast Trail lies entirely in the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor and includes steep ups and downs through dense coastal forest with brief, peekaboo views of the coastline, and the fascinating combination of hillside sand dunes and jagged coastline of Indian Sands.
|Coastal view from the Oregon Coast Trail.|
|An arch at Indian Sand Dunes.|
|Dramatic shoreline from Indian Sand Dunes.|
|These dunes do not go all the way to the water.|
|Peekaboo views along the heavily forested Oregon Coast Trail.|
|Oregon Coast Trail.|
Lone Ranch Beach is another beautiful place to walk within the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor.
|Fabulous driftwood at Lone Ranch State Beach.|
|Lone Ranch State Beach.|
We're staying at Driftwood RV Park, a simple, clean full hookup park next to Brookings Harbor. We were surprised one afternoon to look out our door and see a cat sitting at the top of the stairs...Rosie was not impressed!
|Rosie had an unexpected visitor!|
We hiked through two unique types of forest beginning at Alfred A. Loeb State Park. The Riverview Trail is a pretty and easy 3/4 mile trail that goes through an Oregon myrtle forest along the Chetco River. The trail ends at North Bank Chetco Rd, which we crossed to hike the 1.2 mile Redwood Nature Loop. This trail winds up and down through the northernmost grove of redwood trees, ranging in age from 300 to 800 years old.
|Giant old myrtle trees along the Chetco Riverview Trail at Alfred Loeb State Park.|
A myrtle forest smells unique, the scent of fresh bay leaves permeates the forest.
|Idyllic scene on Redwood Nature Trail #1111|
|A beautiful evening stroll along the harbor.|
|Encroaching fog creates an enchanting sunset.|
Most days we were able to do a forest hike and a beach hike...the best of both worlds! There are only two old growth redwood groves in Oregon and the trees are smaller than those found just a few miles south in California, but we managed to hike through both of these groves.
A very narrow, windy gravel road took us to our second redwood hike: Oregon Redwoods Trails #1106/1107. Short but steep, the whole loop was less than two miles, but very pretty and even on a Sunday morning we practically had the place to ourselves.
|Morning sun breaks through the fog on the narrow dirt road to Oregon Redwoods Trail #1106/1107|
|These are some of the northernmost redwoods in the country.|
After the redwoods hike we took a coastal route home with a stop at McVay Rock State Recreation Site. Not only does this small park have beach access, but there's a dog park and brand new 9 hole disc golf course. It's a simple and fun disc golf course with mostly wide open grassy space plus some fabulous views.
|A couple of the holes at McVay Rock have ocean views...gotta be careful when you throw!|
|There aren't too many hazards on this course, but this one was particularly dense!|
|The course is so new the tee pads have yet to be poured!|
Hole 5 was unique...straight through dense shrubbery!
|McVay Rock beach held an enormous tree stump!|
|Otter lunch time!|
Okay, that's enough for one post! Part 2 of our Brookings, OR stay coming soon...