4896
Florence
Hiking Oregon's Central Coast: Waterfalls, Rainforests and Beaches
Oregon has got it going on. Come see for yourself as you hike old-growth forests, learn about local ecosystems, explore coastal dunes and savor world-class wine and cuisine!
Program No. 4896RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
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DAY
1
Welcome to Florence!
Florence, OR
D
Driftwood Shores Resort

Activity note: No hikes on this day.

Dinner: Dinner at 6 PM.

DAY
2
Heceta Head Lighthouse/4-mi hike through forest & open beach
Florence, OR
B,L,D
Driftwood Shores Resort

Activity 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 short 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.

DAY
3
Cape Perpetua trails/Ancient forests & ocean headland hikes
Florence, OR
B,L,D
Driftwood Shores Resort

Activity note: Cape Perpetua hikes total 6.5 miles over optional 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 & naturalist guides 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 and naturalist guides. 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

DAY
4
Siltcoos Lake Trail, Oregon Dunes trail, Estuary Trail
Florence, OR
B,L,D
Driftwood Shores Resort

Activity 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.

DAY
5
Dune Ride/OR Dunes Ntl Recreation Area/Sweet Creek Trail
Florence, OR
B,L,D
Driftwood Shores Resort

Activity 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.

DAY
6
Independent departures.
Florence, OR
B

Breakfast: Buffet; variety of cereals, protein dish, pastries, yogurts

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