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Published on June 5, 2018 11:14AM

The Newport 60+ Activity Center will continue its series of hikes this Monday, June 11, with an outing to Mike Miller Park in Newport’s South Beach area.

The one-mile Educational Trail circles a square of donated forest that, while logged in the past, still boasts some large, old-growth Sitka spruce towering over a lush and mossy understory.

The easy hike takes walkers through Douglas fir and western hemlock as well as rhododendron, evergreen huckleberry, salal and wax-myrtle, and even offers the chance to spot migrating newts on the trail.

The Newport Adventure Van will leave the activity center at 10 am and return around 11:30 am. The trip costs $5 per person.

The van will be back in action again on Wednesday, June 13, as the center offers a guided tour of the fish traps at Siletz Falls.

Operated year-round, the fish traps help control fish passage to the upper Siletz River Basin, which is unique in containing viable runs of seven species of migrating fish: spring and fall Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Chum salmon, summer and winter Steelhead, and sea-run cutthroat trout.

After the tour, there will be a picnic lunch at Moonshine Park where participants can roast some hot dogs and marshmallows over an open fire.

The trip will run from 9:15 am to 5 pm and costs $16 per person.

For more information or to book a spot on either trip, drop by the Newport 60+ Activity Center at 20 SE 2nd Street, or call 541-265-9617.

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