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FLORENCE, OREGON

Hiking Oregon's Central Coast: Waterfalls, Rainforests and Beaches

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Program #4896RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Highest trail is 800' elevation.

Itinerary for Jun 22 — Jun 27, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: In the heart of the Oregon Coast, spectacular views, 10 miles of un-interrupted beach, golfing, fishing and the Oregon Dunes nearby.

Contact info:
88416 First Avenue
Florence, OR 97439 USA
phone: 800-422-5091
web: www.driftwoodshores.com

Room amenities: Ocean view, patio or deck, hairdryers, ironing board/iron, coffee makers, TV.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool and jacuzzi, restaurant and lounge, guest laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Call hotel and identify yourself as with the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 22 - Welcome to Florence!
Note: No hikes on this day.

Arrive To: Check in beginning at 3 in the hotel lobby. Orientation is at 5 p.m. in the meeting room upstairs of the hotel restaurant, (north end of complex).

Dinner: Dinner at 6 PM.

Lodging: Driftwood Shores Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: In the heart of the Oregon Coast, spectacular views, 10 miles of un-interrupted beach, golfing, fishing and the Oregon Dunes nearby.

Contact info:
88416 First Avenue
Florence, OR 97439 USA
phone: 800-422-5091
web: www.driftwoodshores.com

Room amenities: Ocean view, patio or deck, hairdryers, ironing board/iron, coffee makers, TV.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool and jacuzzi, restaurant and lounge, guest laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Call hotel and identify yourself as with the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 23 - Safety presentation, Heceta Head Lighthouse hike,...
Safety presentation, Heceta Head Lighthouse hike, China Creek Trail, Hobbit Trail, and Washburne Beach hikes

Note: Morning hike to lighthouse is 1 mile over good path with steady incline. Afternoon hike is a loop through a rainforest, down a shore pine hillside, and along a flat beach. Afternoon hike is 4 miles total.

Breakfast: Hot breakfast served in the hotel meeting room.

Morning: There will be a lecture on essential outdoor safety. Short 1-mile hike to historic lighthouse at Heceta Head.

Lunch: Box lunch at Washburne Campground; sandwiches, cold cuts. chips, dessert and fruit.

Afternoon: 4-mile loop hike through coastal rainforest and along open beach. Naturalist guides will make stops to explore local flora and fauna.

Dinner: Buffet served in conference room.

Evening: Natural History of the Oregon Coast lecture.

Lodging: Driftwood Shores Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: In the heart of the Oregon Coast, spectacular views, 10 miles of un-interrupted beach, golfing, fishing and the Oregon Dunes nearby.

Contact info:
88416 First Avenue
Florence, OR 97439 USA
phone: 800-422-5091
web: www.driftwoodshores.com

Room amenities: Ocean view, patio or deck, hairdryers, ironing board/iron, coffee makers, TV.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool and jacuzzi, restaurant and lounge, guest laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Call hotel and identify yourself as with the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 24 - Cape Perpetua trails. Ancient forests and soaring...
Note: Cape Perpetua hikes total 6.5 miles over steep rainforest ridges and along rocky shorelines. Trails are uneven and often rocky, but not loose or dangerous. Elevation gain is almost 1,000 feet.

Breakfast: Hot breakfast served in the hotel meeting room.

Morning: Field Trip north 25 miles to Cape Perpetua Natural & Scenic Viewing Area Spectacular headland with hike options. 7.5-mile old-growth forest and ocean headland hike with a naturalist guide or two 2-mile hikes with photographer guide along ocean headland and up to ancient spruce tree.

Lunch: Box Lunch in Field

Afternoon: Continue hiking around Cape Perpetua. 7.5-mile hikers will continue walk with naturalist while short-hikers will continue their walk with photographer guide. Following hikes the entire group will travel to the top of Cape Perpetua for a 1/2-mile walk along scenic vista trail.

Dinner: Dinner at resort.

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: Driftwood Shores Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: In the heart of the Oregon Coast, spectacular views, 10 miles of un-interrupted beach, golfing, fishing and the Oregon Dunes nearby.

Contact info:
88416 First Avenue
Florence, OR 97439 USA
phone: 800-422-5091
web: www.driftwoodshores.com

Room amenities: Ocean view, patio or deck, hairdryers, ironing board/iron, coffee makers, TV.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool and jacuzzi, restaurant and lounge, guest laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Call hotel and identify yourself as with the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 25 - Siltcoos Lake Trail, Oregon Dunes trail, Estuary ...
Note: Morning hike is loop trail of 3.5 miles to a lakeside campsite through a thick rainforest. Trail is up-and-down with some steps. Afternoon hikes are in dune environment on good trails. Loops of less than 2 miles in length. Total day mileage is less than 6.

Breakfast: Breakfast served in conference room.

Morning: Siltcoos Lale Trail: 3.5-mile loop trail through beautiful rainforest to dunal lake.

Lunch: Box lunch in field

Afternoon: Waxmyrtle Creek Trail along the Estuary and Lagoon Trail easy and flat trails; about 2 miles total. Gorgeous views of estuary and wildlife including migratory birds, ospreys, eagles and otters and nutria! Lagoon Trail, Siltcoos Estuary Trail at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area; emphasis on western snowy plover endangered species; raptors (bald eagles, osprey, northern harriers, etc) and herons and egrets.

Dinner: Buffet served at the hotel in conference room.

Evening: Evening lecture to be determined.

Lodging: Driftwood Shores Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: In the heart of the Oregon Coast, spectacular views, 10 miles of un-interrupted beach, golfing, fishing and the Oregon Dunes nearby.

Contact info:
88416 First Avenue
Florence, OR 97439 USA
phone: 800-422-5091
web: www.driftwoodshores.com

Room amenities: Ocean view, patio or deck, hairdryers, ironing board/iron, coffee makers, TV.

Facility amenities: Indoor heated pool and jacuzzi, restaurant and lounge, guest laundry.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Call hotel and identify yourself as with the Road Scholar group.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 26 - Dune Ride across the Oregon Dunes National Rereat...
Dune Ride across the Oregon Dunes National Rereation Area, the largest coastal dunal system in the Western Hemisphere! Incredible Sweet Creek Trail

Note: Morning hikes through amazing rainforest alongside cascading stream with 13 waterfalls along 3-mile trail. Slight elevation gain on rocky trail.

Breakfast: Hot breakfast served in hotel meeting room.

Morning: Ride over the spectacular Oregon Dunes in a large dune buggy.Dunes can be as tall as 600'!!

Lunch: Picnic lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Incredible hike! Sweet Creek Trail; 2 miles and 13 cascading waterfalls along salmon stream in beautiful forest! This is one of the prettiest trails in the state! Enjoy a free time to walk on the beach, rest, or explore the coast on your own.

Dinner: Buffet dinner in the hotel meeting room.

Evening: Wrap-up gathering in hotel conference room.

Lodging: Driftwood Shores Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 27 - Independent departures.
Breakfast: Buffet; variety of cereals, protein dish, pastries, yogurts

Morning: Independent departures after breakfast. Check out by Noon. Travel safe!

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Florence, OR
Chamber of CommerceGeneral information and links to area attractions.
For additional information, visit: www.florencechamber.com
General informationFlorence and central coast general information
For additional information, visit: www.florenceoregon.net

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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