Trails in and around Yachats
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Yachats Trails Update
By Jan Brown, Trails Committee Communications Leader
We know that Yachats trails are a big draw for visitors looking for fresh air, exercise and some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet… but there’s another “secret” reason for some to visit, that may surprise you!
All along our trails (as well as other locations throughout Yachats) are hidden Geocaches. Geocaching is like an outdoor treasure hunt in which the participants use a GPS receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" all over the world. According to local Geocachers Bob and Karen Bennett, there are currently 36 caches in Yachats, over 90 caches within five miles of Yachats and about 150 within 10 miles of town – the largest number of caches for a city of this size in Lincoln County. This activity attracts not only individual visitors but larger group gatherings as well. Bob reports that that he and Karen get many notes from other Geocachers who visit the area telling them how much they enjoy our varied trails, the views and learning about the history of the area.
If you are curious about Geocaching, and where to find caches in Yachats, a good place to start would be online at http://www.geocaching.com/ where you’ll find a huge array of utterly fascinating information and details on how to get started.
Another good opportunity to enjoy our trails will be National Trails Day, coming up on June 7th. This year’s celebration, entitled “Go Hike’em” is the kick off for the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 50th anniversary of Job Corps.
Activities will include: 10:00 a.m. at the Cape Perpetua Visitor's Center: A speech by a representative of Oregon Wild will be followed by guided trail hikes 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Yachats Commons: A variety of governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and Tribes will have booths set up in Room 8.
There will be Native American flute music both at the Cape and at noon at the Commons picnic shelter starting at 1:30 p.m., there will be guided interpretive hikes from the Commons, including:
Yachats Wetlands and 804 Tour (3.5 miles – easy.
Ya'Xaik Trail Tour (1.1 mile from Smelt Sands - easy to moderate)Amanda Trail Tour (hikers will be transported to the top of the Cape and walk one way back to the Commons (5.6 miles, moderate to difficult) Hikers are welcome to continue hiking at the Cape.
Please put the date on your calendar and let your friends and out of town visitors know. This will be a big community event so we will be looking for lots of volunteers to help out. Contact Joanne Kittel if you would like to be put on a volunteer list.
YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) News
Spring is the time of the year when weeds “spring” up all over Yachats. YIPS has been successful in controlling several weed species, one of them being Scotch Broom, April’s Weed of the Month. But there is a big difference between “controlling” any weed and “eradicating” it! Broom seeds can remain viable for many decades, so seedlings will continue to appear for several years after a patch of broom has been cleared. And of course seed can be brought into a broom-free area from outside.
This is the perfect time to pull out your broom plants – the soil is moist, so pulling is easier, and while broom’s distinctive yellow flowers make it easy to spot, the seed has not yet set. Bigger broom plants can often be removed using a “weed wrench”, which provides great leverage in the pulling process. You can check out a weed wrench from the City Hall, free of charge. Three different sizes are available there. Try the medium size one first if you are unsure which one is best – the big size is effective, but quite heavy and lugging it around can get to be a chore very quickly!
If you have questions about weeds, call our experts Don (541-961-6695) or Wally (541-547-5474).
Upcoming Trails, YIPS! and Related Events
The Yachats Trails Crew meets on the first Saturday of each month and the YIPS! Crew on the third Saturday, both from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There are always a wide variety of tasks for all levels of interest so come on out – you will always find yourself welcome!
Upcoming events to add to your calendar include: April 5th,May 3rd ,April 19th & May 17th 10:00 a.m.
June 7th – National Trails Day Events
For more information, and to sign up for the mail list, contact any one of us via phone or email:
Click here for brochure on invasive species