The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning to hike the Hobbit Trail near Heceta Head Lighthouse on March 24. The 6-mile loop hike will begin at the historic lighthouse, 725 Summer St., Florence, and go over Heceta Head before reaching Carl Washburn State Park. The return route will be by way of the beach before hitting the Hobbit Trail. Those wanting to carpool can meet before 8 a.m. in the Douglas County Courthouse parking lot and be prepared to share gas expenses.

Information: Rheo Wheeler, 541-677-0799,

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