Umpqua Spit - August 2, 2014
Coordinator Richard O'Neill, narration and pictures by Richard O'Neill

A sure bet to beat the heat in our Umpqua Valley is to head to the coast. So seven of us made the drive to a beach north of Gardiner. Joined there by another hiker from Coos Bay, eight of us (plus two dogs) set out on the beach and headed south towards the Umpqua River

The day was overcast with just a hint of rain, the temperature was in the low 60's; it was so nice to experience coolness again. We began the hike at low tide and the ocean had churned up the beach, leaving large pools, ditches, and water flows for us to hike through and around. We saw no other hikers and we were passed by a small group of four-wheelers speeding by.

At about the 3.5 mile mark, we could make out the river jetty in the distance and we hiked on the reasonably firm beach sand until we reached the jetty. Lunch was eaten atop the jetty where we had a nice view of the Umpqua River, and the Umpqua Lighthouse on the other side of the river. Winchester Bay was celebrating their Dunefest and we were celebrating ours.

On the way back, the tide was coming in and all the hydrologic beach sculpting was covered up by the incoming tide. That left us flat and hardpacked sand to walk on, and that was a good thing. At the end of this 11.7 mile hike, the sun came out and we headed back to roast in Roseburg.


for more pictures see Richard's flickr album

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