Oregon Caves NM / Southwest Oregon

I took a late September 4-day weekend trip with my sister to southwestern Oregon starting with the Oregon Caves National Monument, which is in a remote location west of Grants Pass. We stayed at the historic Chateau for the first two nights and then one night in a hotel in Reedsport, OR.

Arriving early in the evening we walked a short ways down the No Name Creek trail. This provides the only view of the Chateau from it's best side.

Farther down, it has the only covered foot bridge I've ever seen

Then we checked into the Chateau

No - it doesn't work

Of course the main attraction is the cave. There is a 90 minute tour led by a ranger.

The view west from the Cliff View trail

That trail connects to the Big Tree loop to see the largest douglas fir in Oregon

The next day we left for the coast. This is Harris Beach State Park

That's me scampering up a rock on the beach

which had a strange surface

Next was Arch Rock

After dinner we visited the Dean Creek Elk Reserve 3 miles east of Reedsport at dusk, run by the BLM

The last hike, the next morning, was the Oregon Dunes Trail, which is in the Oregon Dunes
National Recreation Area, which covers a long stretch of the coast up to Reedsport.

The trail starts by going down a large dune

It then leads into a forest - pine trees growing in the sand

Then you emerge into coastal grasses

And finally to the beach

The area is known for its snowy plovers, but here are some seagulls and a pelican