Trails in and around Yachats
Check out the Trails Map Here
By Jan Brown, Trails Committee Communications Leader & Joanne Kittel, Development Committee and Amanda Trail Leader
Great news this month! The new Hike, Bike, Paddle interpretive trails map that was previously only available in print is now digitized and available online at http://www.hikebikepaddle.org/. This is a fantastic interactive source of information for hikers, bikers and paddlers, as well as anyone traveling along the coast from Brian Booth State Park on the north, to Neptune State Park on the south. If you have friends, family or lodgers planning to visit the area, be sure to alert them to all the detailed points of interest and information they will find on this site.
While our trails enjoy steady use all year round, winter is always a good time to assess and work on improvements. In February, Trails Crew members, Natural Resources Crew members and other friends installed two more sets of stairs on the Ya'Xaik Trail, making some of the trail’s steeper inclines safer for hikers. Additionally, Kathleen and Jerry Sand, with the help of the Job Corps' Urban Forestry crew and Calder Bell, took out two large hemlocks that had blown down across their section of the Gerdemann Botanical Preserve's public trail. These are great examples of the ongoing dedication and hard work volunteers contribute to assure our local trails stay open and safe for all to enjoy.
In addition, two sections of the Amanda Trail are being re-routed on the Siuslaw National Forest side to eliminate two dicey sections that are steep and slippery. The project is in process now, and with the help of the Trails Crew and Natural Resources Crew, we hope to have these sections completed this spring. Also, this month we will be welcoming our newest volunteer… (drum roll….) Nellie Bell, a very sweet 4-1/2 year old BLM donkey who is very slowly learning to work with us! If you’d like a chance to meet her, come join our next work session on March 7th on the Amanda Trail.
YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) News
Maybe it was the beautiful sunshine… or the opportunity to get ahead of the weeds this year… or the promise of food and frivolity at the end, but we had a large and enthusiastic turnout for our February gathering where we worked to get the Whale Park, as well as portions of Prospect park, ready for spring. One of our rewards was to find many bees busily buzzing around early spring blooms we had previously planted to attract them.
Earlier in the month a contingent of YIPSters also dealt with the remaining ivy-clad trees at the pull-off from Highway 101 just north of Devil’s Churn in the Cape Perpetua scenic area. We are pleased to note that all the trees we treated at that site last fall are now looking much better and are completely free of visible live ivy. A much bigger future task awaits however – dealing with the ivy on the ground.
In town, we will continue to push back at the invasive ivy, blackberry and holly currently growing in the Commons Wetland Park. If you’re interested in learning more about the impact of invasive plants in our community, this is a great place to start. Just sign up for our mailing list to get updates on where we’re working and when. You can also call our weed wizards Wally (541-547-5474) or Don (541-961-6695), who are always happy to answer any questions.
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 gathering to celebrate our accomplishments at the end.
Upcoming events to add to your calendar:
March 7th Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:
Trails Crew work event on the Amanda Trail. (Gather at the Kittel driveway. Parking will be very limited, so please consider carpooling or parking at 1010 S. Highway 101 and hiking to the driveway.)
March 21st (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:
YIPS! work event. (Location TBA)
June 6th – National Trails Day
Activities will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Cape Perpetua Visitor’s Center. In collaboration with our friends and colleagues from the Siuslaw National Forest, there will be a hike into the beautiful Cummins Creek Wilderness area where participants will also pull several stands of Tansy Ragwort. The work session and scenic hike will be followed by a luncheon either at the Cape Perpetua Visitor's Center Deck (weather permitting) or the Yachts Commons Picnic Shelter.
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