Siltcoos River/Carter Lake Dunes
October 16, 2004
Under cloudy skies, twelve hikers, in three cars left Eugene
and headed to the coast.
Our first trek (2.6 mi.) was along the trail bordering the
Passing through Murtlewax campground you proceed to an overlook
of the river estuary.
This is one of serene beauty and although there were only a few
ducks seen this time, in other seasons we have seen many more.
Photographers should note that there are many opportunities on
this trail for those moody images especially in the winter months.
Several small coastal ponds and large driftwood pieces are
As we walked up the beach to the river mouth our progress was
observed by a group of seals bobbing in the surf and a very large
flock of seagulls patrolling the sand.
For our lunch stop we drove back up the road about 0.5 miles and
made use of the picnic tables near the river.
Unfortunately after lunch the fog/mist got rather thick and rain
gear was put on for the second hike (about 3 mi.) which starts
from Carter Lake campground area.
Passing Taylor Lake we headed out into the dunes.
For the first time we were able to follow the trail to the beach.
In the past when I saw ducks swimming across the trail I turned around.
Since the rainy season is just starting there was no water this time.
As the wind had picked up we did not walk on the beach but instead
headed back into the dunes and continued heading south for a while.
We then looped back so that we could climb two very large dunes, one
aptly named “Big Dune”.
On a sunny day the view from the top is wonderful.
I always find it a thrill to run down the face of these.
From here we headed back to the viewpoint above the dunes and onto the
trail back to the cars.
Joining me in these familiar and pleasurable hikes were members:
David and Shelly Call