Amanda Trail to Reopen on National Trails Day, June 4th
Yachats, Oregon – at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4th the popular Amanda Trail will officially reopen to the public following a five-month closure. The trail is a scenic part of the Oregon Coast Trail that stretches 3.4 miles from the City of Yachats to the top of Cape Perpetua with sweeping views of the coast range and the wide blue offshore Pacific.
The December 2015 closure was forced by a massive mud and debris slide that swept down a hillside above Amanda Creek. It washed away the bridge that connected trail segments and made the surrounding area too hazardous to enter for many weeks.
The trail relies on many partners; the Siuslaw National Forest, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the City of Yachats and a private land owner.
Representatives of these groups, along with many volunteers, have worked together to begin to rebuild and reawaken the trail.
Beyond the damage to the trail itself, it was the emotional loss of this sacred trail that was especially difficult for many area residents and visitors. It was this particular stretch of pathway that held a symbolic statue of Amanda, the Native American woman for whom the trail was named. In Amanda’s honor, a quiet grotto was built there and had become for many a place for peaceful contemplation and ceremonies of remembrance. Both were lost to acres of mud and debris.
Although the grotto is gone, Amanda’s story continues to open the eyes, hearts and minds of many people to the bitter truth and tragic stories of the atrocities that were once committed against Native Peoples along the Oregon Coast, especially in the Yachats area. As a result of the spiritual truth being told, and the trail being re-built, Tribal People can now again return to visit and to experience the power of this sacred place of healing.
It is fitting that the first step in the reawakening of this trail coincides with National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of trails and the benefits they bring to individuals and society. It is also a day that highlights the important work thousands of volunteers do each year to take care of America’s trails – the Amanda Trail among them.