Sutton Creek Loop

December 16, 1990

December 16 was a very nice day at the coast. Twelve hikers were prepared for the hike, the exact number who signed the Trip Registration sheet. Everyone came. Sutton Creek is five miles north of Florence and is a lazy stream which meanders its way to the ocean. There are trails on both sides of the creek and across at several locations. So, the group did a figure eight crossing in the meadow. On the north side of Sutton Creek the trail goes through sand dunes, and a lovely mixture of trees (shore pine and sitka spruce), huckleberry bushes and other coast shrubbery. The huckleberries were still good eating and the many mushrooms a little past their prime. The trail can be picked up in the Sutton Campground or at the Overlook; there are good signs to tell you where you are and where to go. The south side of the creek trail follows the stream closely. Because we finished the loop so early the three vehicles and all hikers went three miles north on Highway 101 and turned west onto the Baker Beach Road. At the end of the road is a trail to the beach. It was delightful to be on the beach—no wind and a view out to sea. Hikers were Barbara Chinn, Maxine Hall, Gerhard Hoffman, Vi Johnson, Bonnie Manheim, Gary Marx, Mary Millman, Tina Schiff, Paula Vehrs, Jim Vian, Birgitte Williams and leader, Mary Ellen West.

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