Coast Horse Trail

June 4, 1994

National Trails Day was celebrated by Obsidians on the new Coast Horse Trail on Cape Mountain north of Florence. What a great new series of trails for hikers and horses, about 14 miles in all. Throughout the loops and many turns are maps showing you where you are and the choices. It is impossible to get lost! There are two major trailheads, at Dry Lake and Horse Creek, with rest rooms, picnic tables and the usual maps showing where you are and where to go. To reach the Dry Lake trailhead drive eight miles north of Florence and turn right at the well-marked signs indicating Coast Horse Trails. Obsidians and friends walked three different parts of the trail looking at the coast, Enchanted Valley and the top of Cape Mountain. Forest Service personnel were also celebrating National Trails Day and provided great hospitality. Mark Buehrig and Donna Hill of the Mapleton Ranger District and Julie Cox of the Siuslaw National Forest office in Corvallis were super hosts. Cookies, coffee, punch and answers to many questions were available. There is much to see and signs appropriately describe various landmarks as well as the many maps throughout the trail system. Hikers included Carole Bekkenhuis, Cathy Carter, Barbara Chinn, Jim Fritz, Richard Heinzkill, Dorothy Krapes, Dot Leland, Helen Liguori, Sig Otto, Sharon Ritchie, Stanley & Suzanne Rodkey, Velma Shirk and leaders Vi Johnson and Mary Ellen West.

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