Wetlands at Work South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Coos Bay, Oregon

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The 60 inches of rain that falls annually on the coastal forest seeps through the ground to replenish the wetlands and estuary below. Follow its course on a trail from forest to tidal flat. The fun: The trail system emanating from the parking lot and visitor center offers access to coastal environments that are often difficult to reach along other parts of the Oregon Coast. The best route is the Hidden Creek Trail, which you can reach by following the sign to the right just as you enter the parking lot. Beginning at about the 200-foot elevation mark, the trail descends around 100 feet to hook up with Hidden Creek and then snakes about 1.5 miles to sea level and an observation platform. From there you can continue less than 0.25 mile to the estuary’s edge, making for a round trip of just over 3 miles. The tidal flats and estuary are a great place to see wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. There is a restroom at the viewing platform.
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Oregon Nature Weekends

by Jim Yuskavitch (Falcon Guides)

The 60 inches of rain that falls annually on the coastal forest seeps through the ground to replenish the wetlands and estuary below. Follow its course on a trail from forest to tidal flat. The fun: The trail system emanating from the parking lot and visitor center offers access to coastal environments that are often difficult to reach along other parts of the Oregon Coast.

The best route is the Hidden Creek Trail, which you can reach by following the sign to the right just as you enter the parking lot. Beginning at about the 200-foot elevation mark, the trail descends around 100 feet to hook up with Hidden Creek and then snakes about 1.5 miles to sea level and an observation platform. From there you can continue less than 0.25 mile to the estuary’s edge, making for a round trip of just over 3 miles. The tidal flats and estuary are a great place to see wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. There is a restroom at the viewing platform.

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Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Coos Bay
Duration: 3 hours plus driving time
Season: Best mid-November
Local Contacts: Oregon Division of State Lands
Driving Directions: Directions to Wetlands at Work: South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Recent Trail Reviews

7/11/2009
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SSNERR just celebrated its 35th anniversary with the official opening of the North Creek Trail and the installation of the 70 foot long pedestrian bridge connecting the long standing Hidden Creek Trail with the new North Creek Trail. The bridge and the new North Creek Trail now provide a great loop trail commencing at the Interpretive Center and endending there. An ideal approch is to go down Hidden Creek and up North Creek as North Creek is a mucn more gradual assent. Its a great treck if you have the ability to handle it. I have at age 78.



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