Siltcoos River/Carter Lake Dunes

April 7, 2006

These are two pleasant short hikes that take in great views of the coastal estuary, beach and miles of dunes. Under sunny skies we started our first hike along the Siltcoos River going through some forest and onto a sand track to the beach. Here you can be serenaded by bird songs. As usual we saw many seals enjoying the current coming out of the river mouth. Lunch was at the picnic tables near the river where we saw several humming birds. Next it was a mile drive to Carter Lake Dunes. Because of high standing water at this time of year we could not get to the beach but instead walked and climbed through, up and down the big dunes. Neat ocean views are to be had from the top of these. Although we saw human and animal footprints we had the trails to ourselves. Hikers included members Joan Abel, Max Brown, Margot Fetz, Tom Gould, Sherwood Jefferies, Sue Meyers, Ruth Romoser and leader Sheila Ward.

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