Trails in and around Yachats
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Yachats Trails Update
By Jan Brown, Trails Committee Communications Leader
Yachats area trails got a good workout in October as did the participants in Rainshadow Running’s inaugural Oregon Coast 30k and 50k trail race. To the racers I must have looked like a friendly local. (I certainly did NOT look like I was part of this pack of amazing athletes who were capable of running from Waldport to Cape Perpetua, around the cape and back to Yachts in just a few hours.) As runners passed me along the 804 trail they’d wave and say things like: “Your trails are the BEST! Your town is AWESOME! EPIC location! STELLAR trail!” It was clear that people were excited about this venue from the start as the first 300 available race slots were filled with 36 hours of the registration announcement and another 100 slots that were added were snapped up in a day. Of course the praise is great and the business it brings to the area fantastic, but this group is also committed to building relationships with the communities where they race and has offered to bring some of their strong and energetic participants back during the year to help with our trail building and maintenance projects. Trails do indeed build connections between locations, people and communities.
When it comes to building connections between people and communities, look no further than our annual Yachats New Year’s Day Peace Hike for inspiration. Thursday, January 1, 2015 marks the 5th year we will celebrate this wondrous event. Over those years, regional awareness and the number of participants have grown substantially and this year promises to be the biggest and best ever. We will need many volunteers to help out. – From initial planning to kitchen help to shuttle drivers to hike leaders and more. Planning meetings are under way now so if you have ideas or suggestions for the hike, or related activities, now is the time to join in and get involved. You can contact any of the Trails Committee leaders listed at the end of this article to get details or to add your name to the Peace Hike mail list. Please also spread the word among your friends, relatives and visitors who are planning their holiday itineraries now.
YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) News
While the YPS! crew may be focused on dis-connecting invasive weeds from our local environment, it always helps to have connections to do that! CSC’s Natural Resource Youth Conservation Crews provide a much-needed opportunity for young people to connect to practical learning and employment opportunities as well as ways for youth and experienced mentors to connect and learn from each other. Natural Resource crews based in Newport have spent many hours on community projects in our area in the past and will be returning to Yachats over the next few months to help us out with weeding and trail maintenance. If you see them when you’re out and about this winter be sure to give them a big thumbs-up for all the help they provide.
If you have any questions about weeds, contact our weed wizards Wally (541-547-5474) or Don (541-961-6695), who are always happy to answer any questions you have about invasive plants in the area.
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 join in the fun. We guarantee you a warm appreciative welcome… and a real good time!
Upcoming events to add to your calendar:
November 1st (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Trails Crew work event to do fall pruning and planting. (Location will be announced via email to the Trails Committee’s contact list.)
November 15th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: YIPS! work event. (Location will be announced via email to the Trails Committee’s contact list.)
January 1, 2015 (Thursday) 10:00 a.m.
Yachats 5th annual New Year’s Day Peace Hike
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