Blacklock Point Trail
Length: .4 – 1 mile (one way), 3 miles (one way), or 3.5 mile (one way)
Difficulty: easy, moderate, moderate
Information provided by Coos Trails
From Coos Bay head south on US 101 for 38 miles to Langlois. Continue south on US 101 approximately one mile and watch for signs to Floras Lake/Boice-Cope County Park. Continue on US 101 and about 3.5 miles after Floras Lake Loop Road, turn right (west) on Curry County Road #160, across from Pacific High School. Follow this road about 3 miles to the shutdown airfield (Cape Blanco Airport). Park by the airport gate, adjacent to the sign to Blacklock Point and the Oregon Coast Hiking Trail.
Setting and Attractions:
There are several trail options from this undeveloped state park. In the spring/summer you’ll find this area filled with blooming wild rhododendrons. Along the way you pass through Douglas fir, coastal pines and a winding creek until reaching coastal bluffs with outstanding scenic views of the coastline dotted with sea stacks. To the south is a picturesque and isolated beach leading to the Sixes River, while further to the north is an unusual waterfall that cascades off a coastal bluff. Bring boots, as trails can be muddy in any season.
Head northwest on the trail paralleling the runway. Cross the stream and bear left as you intercept an unmarked path. The next intersection is marked with a signpost, turn left following the arrow to Blacklock Point. After winding around a few boggy areas you’ll turn left again at the next signpost and soon you’ll come to a camp under some big trees and just beyond this are the bluffs at Blacklock Point. To the right (south) is a trail leading down to the beach that continues for a mile to the Sixes River.
Waterfall/Floras Lake Trail:
From Blacklock Point, return to the last intersection and follow the Oregon Coast Trail north to Floras Lake. In about ten minutes you’ll reach a well traveled side trail to the west, which leads to coastal bluffs and a 150- foot waterfall spilling down to the beach. Back on the main trail, you can return to the parking lot the way you came or continue on the Floras Lake trail and at the next junction in about 0.5 mile, turn right (south) which will reconnect you to the trail you came in on. You can also continue on the Floras Lake trail to the lake (see Floras Lake description).
For more information, trail conditions and maps contact: Oregon Department of Parks & Recreation at (541)888-8867 ext.26 or visit the Oregon State Park web site at www.prd.state.or.us