Siltcoos River/Taylor Lake Dunes

April 12, 2003

Hikers assembled at the Shopko parking lot on West 11th and set off in four cars. Rain was with us during the entire trip to our first stop at Stagecoach Trailhead and the Siltcoos River trail. The anticipated water on the trail was far less then I expected so there were no wet feet. We were treated to some duck sightings and yellow irises in full bloom. A walk up the beach resulted in sightings of sea lions frolicking just off the shore. At least 15 heads were counted out of the water at one time. During this time the rain ceased and we enjoyed spots of sunshine for the rest of the day. As we retraced our path we passed 41 boy scouts and leaders/helpers on their way to a camping trip on the beach. We drove a short distance up the river to our lunch spot. Here we had picnic tables, a view of the river and more birds, including many robins and a hummingbird. Next we drove down to Taylor Lake Dunes trialhead. There is a short, pleasant walk through woods and then out onto the dunes where we walked about a 2 mile loop. Although there were lots of animal footprints, no animals were sighted. Of note is the spectacular views from the top of Big Dune. Hikers included members Max Brown, Barbara Bruns, Wendy Clarke, Joanne Ledet, Helen Liguori, Ellie Maliner, Terri Mason, Bill and Margaret Prentice and Nola Shurtleff. Nonmembers included Norma Landy, George and Gretchen Randle and Chisako Sakai. Leader Sheila Ward

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