God's Thumb Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln City, OR that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
In Lincoln City, from the 101 Hwy. at the north end of town, take Logan Rd. west and continue to drive to the north end of the road, you can park on the street (make sure not to block any driveway), you will see a metal gate at the end of the road right where Logan Road ends, go around the door up the gravel road for a little bit and before you get to the house up there you will see a sign on the right hand side that will indicate the trail head.
This was a unique short hike that would have been very easy, but was dangerously slippery and muddy! Be sure to bring shoes that won't mind getting caked. Starts out in what looks like someone's backyard (was a little tricky to find - at the end of the cul-de-sac) with a short climb, then goes through a rain forest-like area , then reaches a wooded flat section that gives fun peeks of the coastline, then goes through thick (pokey - bring long sleeves) berry bushes, finally reaching the epic "Thumb" in an open coastal meadow. Climbing the Thumb requires straight up almost vertical hiking, but this part is very short and worth it. From the top of the the Thumb, there are steep drop offs and amazing views! I would not recommend for younger children in those super-muddy conditions, but otherwise a great hike for a different perspective.
One of the most beautiful views of the coast from the top of the trail, great for kids.