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Boomers Hike Yachats Amanda Trail
August 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Amanda’s Trail connects the coastal community of Yachats with the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and also represents a section of the Oregon Coast Trail. The trail is a memorial to the forced relocation of Native Americans to the vast Siletz Reservation, and then their subsequent relocation from that reservation when white settlers began to claim coastal lands.
After the Rogue River Indian War in 1856, the Army forcibly removed the native people of Southern Oregon to a new reservation on the Central Oregon Coast. A patrol looking for stragglers in 1864 discovered Amanda De-Cuys, a blind Coos woman, at the farm of a white settler on the Coos River. She had had a daughter by him; the girl stayed with her father. Amanda was captured and force-marched 80 miles up the coast to the Alsea Sub-agency of the vast Coast Indian Reservation at Yachats. The rocky headlands were so rough that Amanda’s bare feet left bloody tracks.
The trail officially opened in the spring of 1998, drawing a crowd to Amanda Grotto, where the statue of Amanda De-Cuys stands proud as a representative of the people who first lived in what would become the state of Oregon.
Please join us on Friday, August 10, for this fascinating and educational hike. Amanda’s memorial makes a good turnaround point on the Amanda Trail, as the trail ahead which leads to Cape Perpetua is increasingly difficult. This hike is 4.1 miles, hiking out and back, and is rated as moderate/difficult. We will be hiking the Cape Perpetua area later in August.
We will depart the 60+ Activity Center at 9:00 a.m. and return around 2:00 p.m. After the hike you will undoubtedly want to sit, relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch (on your own). There are a number of good restaurants on the Coast Highway in Yachats so we’ll let the hikers vote on where they would like to go.
Put on your hiking shoes, pack energy bars and plenty of water and join us for this fabulous hike. Cost of the trip is $5.00. Seats are reserved when payment is made. The 60+ Activity Center is located at 20 SE 2nd Street in Newport, or give us a call at 541-265-9617 for more information. To see a full listing of events, classes, and trips, visit our website: www.newportoregon.gov/sc.