Series of hikes planned in August


Trips sponsored by Newport 60+ Activity Center

The Newport 60+ Activity Center is sponsoring a series of hikes during August.

First up is a hike on the Kentucky Falls Trail in the Siuslaw National Forest, which will take place this Saturday, Aug. 3.

The Kentucky Falls Trail is a 3.3-mile, moderately trafficked out-and-back trail located near Mapleton, which features a waterfall and is rated as moderate.

The cost for this hike is $15. The group will depart from the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 8 a.m. and return around 4 p.m.

Next up is an outing to Whittaker Creek Ridge, also in the Siuslaw National Forest, on Saturday, Aug. 10.

This is an easy hike among lush old growth at Whittaker Creek Ridge Trail. This 3.1-mile loop trail overlooking Siuslaw River is located near Walton. It is good for all skill levels.

The cost for this hike is $15. The group will depart from the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 8 a.m. and return around 4 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, the group will head over to Corvallis to hike at Bald Hill.

Bald Hill is a 755-foot prominence in the southwestern outskirts of Corvallis where oak woods rub against cattle pastures. This 3.2-mile loop hike is rated as easy, with an elevation gain of 430 feet.

The cost for this hike is $10. The group will depart from the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 9 a.m. and return around 3 p.m.

Mary’s Peak East Ridge Hike will be the destination on Saturday, Aug. 24. Mary’s Peak, at 4,097 feet, is the highest point in Oregon’s Coast Range. The scenic East Ridge Trail is rated moderate. The distance is 5.5 miles, with longer options, and the elevation gain is 1,200 feet.

The cost for this hike is $10. The group will depart from the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 9 a.m. and return around 5 p.m.

The August series of hikes will wrap up on Saturday, Aug. 31, with a trip to Cape Meares, on the north coast.

A wide, asphalt trail that is wheelchair accessible provides easy access to the Cape Meares Lighthouse. Cape Meares is home to a variety of wildlife. Elk, deer and many species of birds make their homes in this unique and breathtaking coastal setting. Parts of Cape Meares and the nearby Three Arch Rocks are National Wildlife Refuges.

The cost for this hike is $10. The group will depart from the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 8 a.m. and return around 2 p.m.

Registration is required for people wanting to go on any or all of these hiking outings. To register, go online www.newportoregon.gov/sc and click on the dark blue banner “Browse the catalog and register.”

For more information, stop by the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 20 SE Second St., or call 541-265-9617. Information can also be found at www.facebook.com/NewportSeniorActivityCenter.

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