State parks in Curry County are hosting guided hikes to kick off the new year.
The event is part of first-day hikes scheduled in state parks nationwide. Events are free.
In Brookings-Harbor, a hike is from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, at Crissey Field State Recreation Area on Highway 101 at the state line.
Participants will gather at the base of the stairs leading to the welcome center. From there, an Oregon State Parks ranger will lead hikers along a wetland trail. The guide will discuss wetlands, dunes and invasive plants.
If the tide permits, hikers will walk along the beach. If that is not possible, the group will follow the “Hobbit” trail and learn about flood areas and riparian habitat.
Park officials recommend bringing a camera for photos of shore and inland birds, not to mention the habitat.
The hike is classified as easy and is less than 2 miles.
Dogs are allowed on a 6-foot leash. Bring water and wear suitable shoes for walking in sandy conditions. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Farther up the road south of Port Orford is a guided hike along Humbug Mountain State Park’s Fern Trail.
This short section of the Oregon Coast Trail is alive with a dozen species of native ferns thriving along the slopes, cliff edges, waterways and overarching tree limbs.
The hike continues to the Brush Creek overlook, and finishes along the amphitheater trail.
This 2-mile hike is classified as moderate. Meet at the campground flag pole at 10 a.m.
For those who don’t mind driving 90 minutes, there is a hike along Pearl’s Trail at Bullard’s Beach State Park north of Bandon.
This moderate, 2-mile hike winds through shore pine forests, over dunes and across stretches of a boardwalk over salt marshland to an ocean viewpoint.
Meet at 2 p.m. at the Bullard’s Beach meeting hall.
For more information about first-day hikes in Oregon, call Harris Beach State Park at 541-469-0224 or visit oregonstateparks.org.
No events are planned in Del Norte County, but two events — a hike at Dry Lagoon and a paddle on Stone Lagoon — are planned in Humboldt Lagoons State Park, a 90-minute drive south.
Paddle-board enthusiasts meet at 10 a.m. at the Stone Lagoon Visitor Center. Stand-up paddle boards will be available for rent. Boards can be reserved by calling 707-498-1130.
This will be an easy to moderately strenuous paddle and participants should be prepared for chilly temperatures. Pets are not allowed. Bring water and snacks.
The hike begins at 11 a.m. in the Dry Lagoon parking lot.
This guided interpretative walk will begin along the beach and head inland following the trail around Sharp Point to Stone Lagoon.
Hikers will meet with the paddling party for lunch and to celebrate the reopening of Ryan’s Cove Campground before heading back to Dry Lagoon.
This hike is approximately 5 miles round-trip and includes some gradient.
For more information, contact Supervising Ranger Keven Harder at 707-845-6171.
All events will be canceled if inclement weather or windy conditions occur.