The community of Yachats will offer a spiritual start to the New Year on Monday, Jan. 1, with a hike to a sacred Native American grotto accompanied by a candlelight vigil.
Now in its eighth year, the Annual Yachats New Year’s Day Peace Hike offers a six-mile round-trip hike from the Yachats Commons along the Amanda Trail to the Amanda Grotto south of town, where a peace ceremony will take place.
The Amanda Trail, completed in 2009, serves as a monument to the suffering of the Alsea, Siuslaw, Coos and Lower Umpqua people during their incarceration at the Alsea Sub-agency prison camp from 1859 to 1875. The trail is named in honor of a blind woman of the Coos Tribe who was separated from her daughter and force-marched barefoot over Cape Perpetua to the camp.
Walkers can check in at the Yachats Commons starting from 9:30 am to 10:15 am.
At 9:50 am, members of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians will tell the story of Amanda at the Little Log Church, 328 W 3rd Street.
Walkers will set off at 10:15 am, arriving at the grotto in time for the peace ceremony, which runs from 11:15 am to noon.
All hikers should plan to arrive and return on foot. Hikers will traverse both paved roads and narrow dirt trail surfaces with some steps and moderate inclines. Sturdy shoes, layered clothing and walking sticks are recommended.
In the event of heavy rain or high winds, the hike will be cancelled.
For more information, go to Yachatstrails.org or call 541-547-3640.
Drop-in Candlelight Vigil
Hikers and non-hikers alike are welcome to attend a drop-in candlelight vigil from 10:15 am to 1 pm at the Little Log Church. Everyone is invited to stop by, light a candle and take time to focus on their intention for peace within themselves and throughout the world.