Start the New Year off on the right foot by joining the 8th Annual Yachats New Year’s Day Peace Hike being held Monday, Jan. 1.
Participants in this six-mile round-trip hike will proceed from the Yachats Commons, 441 N. Highway 101), along the Amanda Trail to the Amanda Grotto south of town, where a Peace Ceremony will take place.
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 addition, a new activity this year for both hikers and non-hikers who would like to acknowledge and honor Amanda’s journey will be a candlelight vigil for peace at Yachats’ Little Log Church.
Here are details for both events:
Hikers may check in at the Yachats Commons’ kitchen. All hikers will need to sign liability wavers and will receive safety information, route maps and commemorative buttons during check-in.
The story of Amanda will be told by Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI) tribal members at Yachats’ Little Log Church, 328 W. Third St. Hikers are encouraged to check in at the Commons beforehand so that they may continue to the Amanda Grotto immediately following the story telling.
All hikers should be checked in by 10:15 and on their way to the Amanda Grotto to arrive in time for the Peace ceremony.
Peace ceremony takes place at the Amanda Grotto.
Ceremony ends and hikers may depart. No additional post-hike activities are planned.
To avoid hazardous traffic congestion, there will be no shuttle service this year to or from the grotto and no parking allowed at the Kittel driveway where it meets Highway 101. All hikers should plan to arrive and return on foot.
Drop-in Candlelight Vigil
For anyone — hiker or non-hiker — who would like to honor Amanda’s legacy, her people and their own hope for peace in the new year, Yachats’ Little Log Church will hold a drop-in candlelight vigil from 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.
It is through the Tribes and the community’s endeavors with the Amanda Trail that many have become more aware of the great need to acknowledge the wrongs of the past and to be more conscious of the need to treat people of all cultures throughout the world with honor, dignity and respect.
In the event of heavy rain and/or winds exceeding 25 mph, the hike will be cancelled. However the Little Log Church’s candlelight vigil will take place no matter what the weather.
For more information visit Yachats trails.org or call 541-547-3640.