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Out Our Back Door

    Tahkenitch Beach Trek Is Well Worth the Walk
    Tom Baake

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    PHOTO CAPTION: A hiker passes a wind-sculpted tree along the Tahkenitch Beach trail.

    Among the handful of places along Oregon's South Coast that still retain a wild feel are Blacklock Point north of Port Orford and the Tahkenitch Dunes between Reedsport and Florence.
    Not surprisingly, you have to walk to get to both places, which significantly reduces the number of visitors. This fact may also cause some trepidation. But rest assured all the trails are easily followed, especially at Tahkenitch, which has some of the best map/signs in the region. Still, if you've wanted to check out Tahkenitch but were unsure where to begin, the South Coast Striders hiking group will offer a guided hike this Sunday, Sept 26. Registration is required via their website,
    To check out the Tahkenitch trails on your own or with family or friends, there are a couple of places to begin. For this article, let's start from the trail at the US Forest Service Tahkenitch Campground 7.7 miles north of Reedsport. It's by milepost 204.The campground's closed for the season but the day-use area remains open, so park on that side. A $5 day-use fee or annual pass is required.
    The trail heads immediately uphill through ferns and towering rhododendron, huckleberry and salal, past a virtual library of trees -- tall fir, spruce, pine, cedar and madrone. Just under 0.3 mile is a junction with the Three Mile Lake trail. Go right, following the sign to the beach.
    The trail swings west through a corridor of more big trees. Along here the noise of busy US 101 highway begins to fade, replaced by the soothing sound of wind sweeping through the treetops.
    At about 0.8 mile forest meets dunes, with the way marked by a sign as well as by blue-banded wooden posts. This once was one of the largest expanses of open sand in the Oregon Dunes, but like so many other places, it's being overgrown with beachgrass.
    The sand trail reaches the stunted forest of the deflation plain at just under 0.9 mile, with portions of the route elevated above seasonally wet areas – dried up for the moment. In fact, if there's any drawback to this trail right now, it's along this stretch of sandy trail, which is powder-dry and slow-going. You can, however, find firmer footing at the edges. The hardy native groundcover with the fun name of kinnikinnick can withstand being walked on and can often provide the aforementioned firmer footing.
    At 1.3 miles is a "T" intersection with Tahkenitch Creek trail, and a bit beyond are overlooks of the creek, with the beach and ocean beyond.
    At about 1.6 mile is a "T" intersection with Three Mile Lake trail, as well as sign indicating the beach is 0.5 mile. Further sandy plodding ensues, culminating in an overlook of the creek on its final meander to the sea. Huge tangles of dead trees washed in or eroded off adjacent cliffs lie in the creekbed and along its margins like gigantic mythical beasts.
    Even at this distance from the ocean, large waves occasionally push upstream, fighting the creek's robust outflow and creating rips, cross-currents and foamy crests.
    The trail weaves through brushy forest again, emerging on the beach at just over 2 miles. The beach to the south is wide and flat, and a sign indicates the area is off-limits to vehicles. The estuary area has roped-off closures to protect nesting seabirds from March 15 to Sept. 15, so it's now open again.
    The creek and its confluence with the sea, meantime, are nothing short of hypnotizing. Waves and their various-sized fanned-out floodwaters seem to come from three directions at once -- incoming surf meeting the pullback waves, all churned up with the river's outflow -- a constantly-shifting palette of vortices and whirlpools and watery collisions.
    It was on this isolated beach many years ago I found my first glass float. Because access is by foot only, this beach isn't on the usual routes of float-hunters who scour coastal beaches in vehicles after big storms. So keep a sharp eye for one of the translucent prizes in tangles of driftwood and seaweed.
    Meantime other subtle rewards may also be revealed, such as bald eagles floating overhead and a plethora of busy shorebirds, sometimes even pelicans.
    When you're ready to tear yourself away, retrace your route to return. There are other trails in the vicinity that can be made into loops. Perhaps we'll visit those another day in this fascinating area called Tahkenitch. . .

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
    Have Some Fun Exploring Coos County Back Roads


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    PHOTO CAPTION: A visitor beholds a whimsical shoe tree along a Coquille Valley back road.

    By Tom Baake
    While the towns of the Coquille River Valley may bustle with activity, and traffic hurries by on busy Highway 42, not far away life slows comfortably to what I call Local Farm Time. It's another world, another way, an old way. Things seem more comfortable out here. Cow eats grass. Horse rubs fencepost. Dog continues nap. Rooster crows about nothing.
    And there's an old road, appropriately enough. Unhurried, going the "back way" between Coquille and Myrtle Point, with a detour up a little country lane just for fun. A ride through the countryside can be downright relaxing. Therapeutic, I tellya.
    Getting There
    From Highway 42 in Coquille, take Highway 42S, following signs to Bandon. Cross the bridge over the Coquille River. Immediately across the bridge, turn onto Arago-Fishtrap Rd., which loops under the bridge approach. Zero out your trip odometer or note your mileage here.
    In 0.5 mile is the Coquille Boat Ramp, with restroom, picnic table and view directly across to town. That riverbank on the opposite shore, silent now and tangled in blackberry vines, was the site of a lively waterfront in pioneer days.
    The river here would normally be busy with salmon anglers in boats, but the river's closed this season to allow Chinook populations to recover, so the waterway is uncharacteristically peaceful for early autumn.
    The road roams throughout the countryside, past homesteads that range from the unkempt to the neatly kept. In about 3.4 miles is Wallace Dement County Park, missing its sign right now. This mile-long waterfront preserve in a stand of big myrtles and cottonwoods has a few brushed-out trails to fishing spots along the river. Blackberry picking is good here, too.
    About a half-mile beyond at a "T" intersection, turn left (SE) on Arago-Fishtrap Rd., following a sign to Arago, Fishtrap Creek and Myrtle Point. The road skirts above the river plain, offering further bucolic vistas of farm and field. Along the road, huge maples let loose with an occasional golden leaf that wafts gentle down, as if waving goodbye. Goodbye summer . . .
    At a "Y" intersection at 4.9 miles, veer left (staying on Arago-Fishtrap Rd.) as the road dips back into the valley. The road becomes Arago Valley Ln. and at about 6 miles enters the community of Arago, named for French physician and geographer Dominque Francoise Jean Arago.
    Arago Boat Ramp comes along at 7 miles. At 7.7 miles, at the intersection with Lampa Ln., turn left (SE). The road swings through colorful woods and passes old farmsteads, and at 11.2 miles arrives at a "Y" intersection with Stringtown Rd., just across the river from Myrtle Point.
    You can head into Myrtle Point, but for this trek, let's take a detour. Turn left (E) on Stringtown Rd., and cross the concrete floodplain bridge. Just before the river bridge, turn right (S) on Old Broadbent Rd. The road drifts again into soothing countryside, the river hugging close by. At 13.2 miles, turn right (SW) on Catching Creek Ln. It meanders up into the hills through sleepy pastures and past big old trees full of Spanish moss. The road dips and climbs through pocket valleys as it follows the sinews of Catching Creek. Watch out for stray geese, goats, chickens, dogs, sheep, llamas, cows, cats or horses that may have wandered into the road.
    The road turns to gravel at about 18.8 miles (about 6 miles up Catching Creek Rd.). About 0.3 mile past the end of pavement is historic Marsters Chapel, once a schoolhouse and church.
    Not far beyond the chapel the road ends at gated timberlands, so turn around here. In this vicinity is a whimsical "shoe tree" festooned with everything from logging caulks to bunny slippers. I've never gotten the same explanation twice about how these things get started, but it's something folks around here have fun doing.
    Continue back down to Catching Creek Rd. and then turn left and return to Stringtown Rd. You could retrace your "back way" to Coquille, or turn right (E) on Stringtown Rd., cross the river bridge and enter Myrtle Point. You'll be on Spruce St. Continue 6 blocks to Highway 42, and turn left (N) to return to Coquille. And leave the peaceful back roads to errant geese and trees full of shoes . . .
    For you geocachers, the coordinates are N 42°59'7.2" W 124°13'11.1"

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
    Gold Beach Trek Takes In Forests and Beaches


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    PHOTO CAPTION: A visitor beholds a couple of specimens in the Shrader Old-Growth Grove near Gold Beach.

    By Tom Baake
    Part of the attraction of Oregon's South Coast is its remarkable diversity of scenery. With very little travel time, you can go from wide open beaches to wild and scenic rivers to cool groves of old-growth forest – and usually have them to yourself.
    Gold Beach is a good example. There are classic beach walks right in town. Start at the South Jetty and walk south, or take 5th Place/Oceanside Drive in mid-town, which skirts the Gold Beach Airport and leads to more than a dozen beach access. Huge masses of driftwood line the seashore here, a testament to the stormy fury of the Rogue River and adjacent ocean.
    A walk could continue south to the distinctive spires of Kissing Rock near the outlet of Hunter Creek, and from there another couple of miles to the soaring headlands of Cape Sebastian.
    To the north of Gold Beach, beaches can be accessed from Old Coast Rd. about 2 miles north of town, and ending at Otter Point State Recreation Site.
    After the beach, drive inland through a sort of transition zone, with short walks along lower reaches of the mighty Rogue. Then it's up into the mountains for a look at an awesome forest grove.
    Getting There
    After visiting one or all of the beaches mentioned above, make your way to the intersection of US 101 and Jerry's Flat Rd. near the south end of the Issac Patterson Bridge over the Rogue River.
    Go east on Jerry's Flat Rd, following signs to Agness. The road dips and rises past homes and businesses as it skirts above the gravelly, brush-covered river plain.
    A couple of short hiking trails are accessible from the road. At 0.3 mile is the Rotary Trail, which leads to riverside fishing spots among thick alders and willows.
    At about 2.1 miles is the Elephant Bar Interpretive Trail, where a sign provides more details and there's sometimes a map/brochure available.
    At about 4 miles is the start of the Rogue River Walk, also accessible from turnouts for the next couple of miles. It's a labor of love by locals, with nifty embellishments. There are also vehicle accesses to the Rogue's vast gravel bars.
    At 10 miles turn right (S) on USFS 33/090, following the sign to Frances Shrader Grove. The paved road corkscrews uphill through lush, ferny forest and turns to gravel on its 2-mile journey to the grove, named for a longtime Forest Service employee.
    Douglas fir and Port Orford Cedar soar hundreds of feet, and grow up to ten feet in diameter. Speaking of tall, there are some awesome wild rhododendron "trees," along with robust tanoaks, red cedar and dense stands of ferns, salal and huckleberry.
    In other places, huge trees were struck by lightning and left dramatically splintered and burnt, only to continue growing or to serve as nursery trees.
    Four footbridges cross tricklets as the trail loops back to meet itself near the grove's tallest tree, the Laddie Gale Tall Fir. The tree was named in honor of Gold Beach native and University of Oregon basketball player Laddie Gale, who at 6' 4" led his team – dubbed the "Tall Firs" – to victory in the inaugural NCAA men's basketball championship in 1939.
    Retrace your vehicle route back down to the river. To make this trip partly a loop, you can return on North Bank Rd. To do so, turn right (E) on what is now FS 33, but in a few feet turn left (N) and cross green-steel Lobster Creek bridge, stopping first to check out the interpretive signs. Here too you could potentially hike the short, myrtlewood-shaded trail.
    Once across the bridge, turn immediately west, staying on pavement and following North Bank Rd. as it loops down and crosses a bridge over Lobster Creek, the Rogue's most prolific salmon tributary.
    North Bank Rd. goes well above the river, with occasional views. Civilization returns in the form of homes and resorts, and the road eventually emerges in Wedderburn, on US 101 the north end of the bridge over the Rogue River. Well done!

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of regional guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center or at
    Have Fun Exploring Old Sections of Coast Road


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    PHOTO CAPTION: A visitor takes in the scenery at Otter Point State Recreation Site north of Gold Beach.

    By Tom Baake

    US 101 is the Oregon coast's Main Street, traversing nearly every bustling town and negotiating terrain ranging from mellow pasturelands to plunging headlands. It's well known, well signed, and much traveled, but what most visitors don't know is there are some fragments, often called the Old Coast Rd., that get little traffic and offer intriguing highlights.
    Many sections, such as the one just north of Gold Beach, retain the name Old Coast Rd., while in other places the fragments have been given new names to avoid confusion, such as Beaver Loop in the Hauser vicinity north of North Bend.
    The best known is the Carpenterville Road just north of Brookings. It heads high into the surrounding hills, with limited views of the Pacific Ocean. There are some private homes occupying the former site of Carpenterville, but of the original settlement, nothing remains. The road intersects US 101 after 21.5 miles.
    There are several segments that offer a sort of frontage road to US 101 along the Curry County coast, some paralleling the main highway and some wandering a bit inland. From where the north end of Carpenterville Rd. meets US 101, for example, you can take a frontage road up to Pistol River and keep following it to Myers Creek. At this point, the old road swings inland for a while, to emerge near Cape Sebastian State Park.
    One of the most fun explorations is the aforementioned Old Coast Rd. north of Gold Beach. In addition to being a mellow ride through the countryside, there are accesses to 5-mile-long Bailey Beach as well as to Otter Point State Recreation Site.
    The Old Coast Rd. from Gold Beach begins at the north end of the Issac Patterson Bridge over the Rogue River. Follow it past Jot's Resort and other developments. It swings north and goes past sewage treatment ponds.
    Near here was the site of Miner's Fort, where white settlers took refuge during the so-called Rogue River Indian wars, at one point withstanding a month-long 1856 siege, until the U.S. Army arrived.
    Next is the string of (mostly) oceanfront custom homes. Just beyond the last home, pavement turns to gravel, passing beach accesses. In about 2 miles is Otter Point.
    Just beyond, the Old Coast Rd. meets US 101. Continue the tour by crossing US 101 to a gravel section known as the "Historic 1886 County Rd." It reconnects in a couple of miles with US 101 near the Nesika Beach junction.
    Another interesting Old Coast Rd. fragment is at Humbug Mountain State Park 4 miles south of Port Orford. Here, the old road has been turned into a hiking and biking trail, with many rewarding views, even a picnic bench and a vista point bench along the way.
    Find its southern terminus near the entrance to the campground. It's gated-off and marked by Oregon Coast Trail signposts. The narrow, still-paved onetime highway follows the contours of the slopes above the state park, with tantalizing views opening up.
    Passing a big redwood water tank, the road rises to its high point at just under 1 mile. A picnic table on a little grassy promontory is the perfect place to take it all it. The glittering, restless ocean seems to stretch away endlessly, mingling into the horizon in a distant haze where the sea meets the sky.
    The beach seems far, far below, while closer at hand, Humbug Mountain looms hugely, cloaked in deeply shadowed forest. And unlike the trail to the top of Humbug Mountain, this trail offers lots and lots of great views.
    From the picnic table, the road swings north, negotiating gravel sections and a few more ups and downs before beginning a gentle descent. Glimpses of Port Orford come into view. The vista bench is reached, then the trail continues an easy descent to intersect US 101.
    These are just a few of the Old Coast Rd. segments on the South Coast. Once you become aware of them, the fragments are fun to seek out and follow. You can poke along or even stop right in the middle of the road in places to check things out, without worrying about tying up traffic. After all, these are the distinctly different "old roads," with a pace all their own. And the views go on and on . . .

    (Shopper columnist Tom Baake is author of guidebooks available at bookstores, the Coos Bay Visitor Center and at
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DeEsta Kuehn

Classified Sales & Classified Manager

DeEsta Kuehn 22 years in the community, 20 years as a sales agent, and 19 years as the Classified Department Manager for The South Coast Shopper.


Katrina Smith

Classified Sales

Katrina Smith, a Coos County native, 2 years as a sales agent for the South Coast Shopper.


Sharon Ballard

Display Advertising Sales

Sharon has been a southern Oregon coast resident for 3 years with 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.


Britney Gordon

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Britney Gordon, is a Coos County native, 1 year as Co-Office Manager, 10 years as Office Secretary for The South Coast Shopper, and has been Assistant Manager for the Classified Department for 3 years.


Sabrina Gonzalez

Display Advertising