Trails in and around Yachats
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By Jan Brown, Trails Committee Communications Leader & Joanne Kittel, Development Committee and Amanda Trail Leader
This past month, for the second year in a row, our scenic and varied area trails lured Rainshadow Running to hold its annual 30K and 50K Oregon Coast Races here. This two-day event drew about 160 runners each day. The challenging courses ran from Waldport (50K) or the Adobe (30K), along the 804 to the Amanda Trail summit at Cape Perpetua, then along St. Perpetua, Cook’s Ridge, Cummins Creek and Oregon Coast Trails, circling back to finish at the Adobe. To add to the challenge, Saturday’s racers faced 50 mph wind gusts along the 7-mile stretch of beach from Waldport to Yachats. This is the kind of challenge these amazing athletes like, however they were effusive in their praise of our trails and community with many expressing interest in returning to explore this area further.
Aid Stations along the way helped ensure racers stayed hydrated, nourished and healthy and a big thank you goes out to the Trails Crew volunteers who staffed the Aid Station at the Cape Perpetua campground and cheered runners on. Thanks also to the many volunteers who repair and maintain these trails, creating opportunities like this to boost local business and extend the shoulder-season of the year.
While November may be the only month when the Trails and YIPS! crews can pause for a deep breath, that moment doesn’t last long! Already, planning is underway for the 6th annual Yachats New Year’s Day Peace Hike to be held on Friday, January 1st. Each year, participation in this hike from the Commons to the Amanda grotto continues to grow, as does the need for volunteer support. Setting up displays, food preparation, kitchen help, shuttle services, trail guides, site preparation and more -- we will need lots of help from the community.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Peace Hike please join us for our initial organizing meeting on Tuesday, November 3rd at 3pm in the Commons Room 8; or contact Lauralee (contact information below). In addition, the Yachats Trails Crew will gather at 1010 South Highway 101, at 10am, Saturday, November 7th to begin preparing the trail. An email with complete details will be sent to the Trails Committee’s contact list.
This is also the time to let your friends, family and holiday visitors know this event is coming up so they can make plans to join. It has become both a healthy way to start the New Year and an extraordinary reminder of how a community can build pathways to personal and global peace.
Another peaceful and beloved place in our area is the Gerdemann Botanic Preserve and its public footpath. While this property is outside the City limits and not under the purview of the Trails Committee, it is an important draw for many area visitors. Because of that, several Trails Crew members are now working with the new property owner, Andreea Ghetie, on a docent program to maintain and improve the preserve. If you are interested in getting involved in this project, please contact Lauralee (contact information below).
YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) News
A large turnout of YIPSters this past month has resulted in outstanding progress on the project to clear invasive weeds and restore habitat behind the Commons. As some volunteers laid down weed cloth on newly cleared areas, a synchronized squadron of wheelbarrow operators quickly moved in to cover the cloth with mulch and the job was wrapped up in half the anticipated time. With one more load of mulch on the way, we are very close to finishing this area – which will be left covered for two years – and look forward to introducing native plants to what once was a daunting tangle of blackberry and ivy. Big thanks go out to all the determined and enthusiastic volunteers who have worked to transform this space.
If you have question about weeds in our area or need tips on how to control them, contact Wally (541-547-5474) or Don (541-961-6695) for additional information.
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 friendly social get-together to celebrate our accomplishments at the end.
October 3rd (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Trails Crew work event. (Location TBA)
October 10th & 11th – Oregon Coast 50K race (see article and volunteer time slots above)
October 17th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m .: YIPS! Crew work event. (Location TBA)
For more information on Trails and YIPS! activities, and to sign up for the mail list, contact any one of us:
Lauralee Svendsgaard, Chair, Yachats Trails Committee at 541.547.3640 or email@example.com
Joanne Kittel, Leader, Development Committee & Amanda Trail at 541.547.3144 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Loren Dickinson, Leader, Trails Crew at 541-547-4559 or email@example.com
Wally Orchard, Leader, YIPS! at 541.547.5474 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan Brown, Leader, Communications at 541.547.4927 or email@example.com
Click here for brochure on invasive species