Indian Sands is located within the twelve mile Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor just north of Brookings, Oregon. Patricia and I were looking for a place to hike/photograph/geocache today and settled on this area. It’s one of our favorite places to explore with rugged, picturesque coastline and serene trails through thick spruce forest.
Western Oregon just endured an uncharacteristically intense fall rain storm and I was getting antsy to get outside and do some hiking and geocaching. Yesterday and today I finally got out for some much needed exercise by hiking the dunes near the Saunders Lake area.
I was tempted to continue the hike for two other caches but the dark, looming rain clouds encouraged me to turn back….I took their advice! Glad I did too – not 10 minutes after returning to my vehicle those clouds really let loose with some serious rain!
This morning was clear skies so I geared up for a return trip to hunt down the two remaining geocaches.
Expanse of Oregon coastal dunes
First cache found was Summer Daze. It was a 2 mile hike getting there – pretty easy going over low rolling dunes. Once I found it I had to decide on which course to the other cache. The direct route had a long and narrow band of solid vegetation perpendicular to my path….would it be worth a short bushwhack? I chose to tackle the thicket rather than skirt way around it and add distance to the hike. It was a mistake. That was the toughest 200 feet of bushwhacking I’ve endured in some time! Clothes got pretty grubby and got a bee sting as well as being plain aggravated!
Track of route between the two caches.
Finally through the thicket and back out in open dunes I made my way easily to the Clear Lake Lookout cache.
View of Clear Lake from the cache
Hike stats: 5 miles, 3 hours, 2 geocaches
After cleaning up, I headed down to Kaffe 101 to redeem my Loyal Tree rewards for a tasty Chicken Pesto Panini and fresh brewed iced tea!
A good day!
Cleaned up after the hike and treated myself to “free” panini at Kaffe 101
All my visits to the Beaver Creek State Natural Area south of Newport have involved kayaking these picturesque wetlands. NOT today! There is a labyrinth of trails in the upland portion and my goal today was to hunt the five geocaches located on them.
Trail Map – available at Visitor Center
Beaver Creek – uplands with trails in background
Bright mushrooms growing on stump along trail
Really nice day for this hike. Will return to hike more of the trail system. Besides, I have to come back to find one cache that eluded me!