Blacklock Point

The Blacklock Point Trail is one of the best hikes in the Bandon area. Locating it is easy but there are no signs telling of it’s existence. Thus, it receives relatively little use. The trail is about 1 mile more or less each way. If one takes a little trip toward Floras Lake, it will add mileage.

The trail begins along the airport, enters into thick timber, before finally opening onto a bluff overlooking the Ocean and the Sixes river to the South. Although one will run across a couple of camp sites at the end of the trail, Camping is not permitted in this area.

Much of the trail is through fairly think young forest. However, the trail is very well maintained.

Much of the trail is through fairly think young forest. However, the trail is very well maintained.

There are a few intersecting trails or junctions. These are access to the beach to the north and to the Pacific Coast Trail. Over the last few years, signs have been added making it easy to find your way.

One of the intersections where one can choose between heading North to Floras Lake or West to Blacklock Point.

One of the intersections where one can choose between heading North to Floras Lake or West to Blacklock Point.

From the airport gate, the trail follows along the runway until it enters the woods. When you come to an intersection with an unmarked path, continue to the left. The next trail intersection is marked with a signpost and, again, bear left. After winding through a couple of wet, boggy, areas you will come to one more trail intersection and will, again, bear left. Soon you will come to the camp under a few large trees. Passing the camp, you will step out of the forest and onto a bluff with amazing views.

Stepping out of the trees, one finds a stunning open view of the Pacific Ocean. The Cape Blanco Lighthouse is easily visible to the South.

Stepping out of the trees, one finds a stunning open view of the Pacific Ocean. The Cape Blanco Lighthouse is easily visible to the South.

Looking to the South there is a trail that leads down off the bluff. This trail will take one down to the beach and to the Sixes River. During the summer months it is often possible to cross the Sixes and wander over to Cape Blanco. (The point on the left of the above image is Cape Blanco).

Going back up the trail toward the parking lot, if one takes the trail marked Floras Lake, the path will take one to a second bluff over looking the ocean.

A junction in the trail that is near the end. Taking the Floras Lake option will take one out to another bluff.

A junction in the trail that is near the end. Taking the Floras Lake option will take one out to another bluff.

 

The North bluff. Looking to the north (right in the image) one can see the beach at Floras Lake.

The north bluff. Looking to the north (right in the image) one can see the beach at Floras Lake.

 

Getting there:

From Bandon, drive South on highway 101 through the town of Langlois. A couple miles after you have left Langlois, watch for the airport sign to the right. It is across the street from Pacific High School. Turn to the right onto the airport road and follow it to it’s conclusion. Park at the end of the road making sure you don’t block the gate to the airport. The airport is “shut down.” Still, it would not be a good hike if, when you returned, you found someone has “moved” your car.

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