Sites Along the Tour de Fronds Route
1. Powers County Park: The year-round campground is “the Jewel” of Coos County Parks. The park offers many conveniences for camping and a large day use area. A nice walking trail takes you around the lake. The pond is stocked with trout, bass, catfish and crappie. Row boats are welcome. The park was originally the site of a lumber mill and now is home for a steam engine logging yarder (“Steam Donkey”) from the early 1900s.
2. The Apple Orchard: A beautiful park located 3 miles south of town on the South Fork of the Coquille River. The picnic area is surrounded by apple trees and myrtles. The river offers a large natural old-fashioned swimming hole where generations of Powers young people have earned their “rite of passage” by jumping off “the rock”.
3. Elk Creek Falls: The short, easy trail of a few hungdred feet leads to a spectacular view of this popular waterfall, which roars in the winter and trickles in summer. The falls drop over two tiers, each about 70 feet tall, and a 3rd tier a short distance above. A lovely picnic site overlooks the creek. This is a combined trailhead with the Big Tree Trail.
Big Tree Trail: The Big Tree Trail turns sharply to your right and begins climbing. The trail switches back through a stand of old‐growth timber and continues on through a stand of younger trees to the Big Tree, world’s largest Port Orford cedar. Length: one mile. Elevation: start 500’ and ends at 1400’.
4. China Flat: China flat was once a large mining settlement and named after the Chinese prospectors that camped and worked this area for gold in the 1850s
5. Cedar Bark House: One‐of‐a‐kind Cedar Bark House was originally built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). All construction material was milled on‐site from local Port Orford cedar and strips of the bark were used as siding. A beautiful stone fireplace was constructed using locally collected petrified wood. It is said that the building cost nothing to build except for the cost of nails. A green gated bridge intersects the highway at this point; if the gate is open proceed across the bridge and follow the road .2 mile to the Cedar Bark House. **(Special Note: Availability will depend on procuring a volunteer on the day of Tour de Fronds. Please check at Registration.)**
6. Coquille River Falls: Dancing down a rugged canyon of cathedral old growth forest, the South Fork Coquille River cascades down the sheer cliff of Coquille Falls and dives into two sets of emerald pools. The beauty of enormous boulders lining the river encourages both picnicking and relaxing. The falls and trail are part of the 500 acre protected Coquille River Falls Research Natural Area. Note: The trail is steep and almost always wet and can be slippery. Use caution.
7. Mt. Bolivar Trail: This trail is in the Wild Rogue Wilderness. There is a spectacular view from the summit of Mt. Bolivar. Also of interest on the summit is a plaque, which was placed there in a ceremony on September 22, 1984. The plaque honors Simon Bolivar, the hero and statesman who liberated Venezuela from the Spaniards. The vegetation varies from slopes of manzanita and scrub oak to stands of old growth timber.
The Powers Ranger District Trail Guide suggests other areas to explore.
The guide is available at the Forest Service and Tour de Fronds Registration Table.
Tour de Fronds t-shirts will not be available in 2023.