The Siuslaw National Forest in western Oregon is forest of over 630,000 acres which encompasses a wide variety of ecosystems and geographical features. The variety and vastness of the forest make it a prime destination for those wishing to explore the wilds of Oregon and partake in activities like hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing and more. Plus you can get the best of both worlds: exploring the rugged Oregon coastal environment and then retiring to the luxury and comfort of a Select Registry Member Inn.
Geography of Siuslaw National Forest
Siuslaw National Forest is home to several types of ecosystems as it extends along the Oregon coast and over the Oregon Coast Mountain Range. These environments include coastal forests, sand dunes, marine shore, 1,200 miles of rivers and streams, 30 lakes, and a number of mountain peaks. The highest peak in the Oregon Coast Range is in the forest. Marys Peak stands at 4,097 feet. The forest encompasses several different parks, wilderness areas, and recreation areas. These areas include Cummins Creek Wilderness, Rock Creek Wilderness, Drift Creek Wilderness, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, and Sand Lake Recreation Area. One of the forest’s most popular points of interest is Cape Perpetua Scenic Area where the forest meats the coastline with stunning vistas. Due to its large size the forest is divided into the following sections based on the cities nearby: Tillamook, Newport, Florence, and Coos Bay.
Hiking and Biking
There are a large number of day hiking trails and loops within Siuslaw National Forest. The numerous trails are divided into categories based upon where you start your hike and where you end it. The areas the trails travel between are: Florence to Coos Bay, Newport to Florence, and Tillamook to Newport. Marys peak gives mountain bikers several trails of varying difficulties and lengths to choose from.
Beaches, Dunes and Tide Pool Exploration
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is a great place for paddling, beach combing and wildlife viewing as well as beach access and OHV riding. Tide pools with diverse sea life can be accessed by several of the park’s trails, with many off of Captain Cook Trail beginning at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. Also off of this trail is Cooks Chasm and Spouting Horn, which is a salt water fountain created by the sea.
When you plan a visit to Siuslaw National Forest, complete your Oregon experience by staying in nearby Depoe Bay, which is about an hour away. Depoe Bay offers amazing coastal vistas as well as prime whale watching opportunities. There are two Select Registry member properties in the Depoe Bay area, and both will give you the ultimate Oregon bed and breakfast experience!
Whale Cove Inn is one of the Oregon Coast’s most enchanting and exclusive luxury boutique inns. Its location above the marine refuge of Whale Cove, the Inn has 8 guest rooms featuring Tempur-Pedic bed and outdoor Jacuzzis on private decks. And the views of the coastline from the property are simply stunning.
Channel House Inn combines the amenities and luxury accommodations of the finest hotels with the feeling and charms of a small country inn. The properties’ 12 rooms feature contemporary decor which creates an elegant yet comfortable spaces with spectacular views. Gas log fireplaces, oceanfront decks, and whirlpools are among the amenities offered at Channel House.
Photo Credit: U.S. Forest Service via Wikimedia Commons.