Roads End Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln City, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Most of the reviews and pictures posted here are actually of the God's thumb hike. There is not an actual trail for 'Road's End Trail' it's just a suggested route for a beach walk, starting at Road's End Recreation Site, which is just a parking lot with beach access. (For a shorter walk you could start at the beach access between 72nd and 74th streets, but there are only 3 parking spots there) The 'trail' goes north on the beach around a rocky point to a little hidden beach at the base of God's thumb. This is do-able year round, but only at low tide. Walking on the rocks to get around the point can be slippery, might be hard for kids under ~10. It is a beautiful spot that has beautiful sea shells and drift wood depending on the time of year. Pay attention to the tide so you don't get stuck on the hidden beach when the tide comes back in.
We really didn't see a trail. There were logs you initially had to negotiate. It appeared to be a summer trail at low tide. A complete waste of time during November weather.
easy hike. a 3 year old in a group behind us was able to do this walk all on his own with a little help. pretty view though!
I really liked it. We hiked up to God's Thumb for some great pics and a little exercise.
this trail is a bit muddy at times and can be tricky to stay clean but keep going cause the end is steep and breath taking and well worth your efforts.
How to find it and where to park:
Take the Logan Road to its end. Turn around and head back south on Logan and park on the gravel to the side of the road about a block down. The trail head is at the end of the road down the driveway on the left - the one on the right clearly states “This is not the trail head.” If the gate is closed, climb over the cement platform on the right. The trail is well-marked and is @110 yard up the road.
What to expect:
Mud, if it has rained any time in the last few days. If you don't like mud or are not a fan of trails closely surrounded by vegetation, this trail is not for you.
The initial part is an uphill climb, easy grade but a grade none the less. When you hit a T, head to the right. The downward path goes to the house at the end of the driveway. There may be mud in many places along the trail if it has rained recently. Wear your mud shoes or gloves so that you can grab onto branches to skirt the mud pools. You'll come to a post where the trail hits a small stream. The trail to the right dead ends. Jump the stream and take the trail to the left, up the hill. You get some nice views of Lincoln City beaches as you walk the crest portion of the trail. From the meadow near the first crest, you get ocean and Cascade Head views. The trail become even from plant-enclosed if you continue past the first meadow.
Why this trail:
If you are staying in Roads End and you want a place to which you can walk versus driving, and don't mind mud, this trail is for you. If driving is an option, the Cascade Head trails are much nicer with grander views and vistas.
We tried the steep trail at the end of Roads End, and it was very steep and very muddy. Shortly after we came across the picked clean full carcass of a deer and wondering what exactly picked it clean., we decided to turn around and go back...
It's not the same trail the map shows. You have to go all the way to the end of Logan road, and park somewhere on the shoulder. There are two gates at the end, the left is the one you take.
It's quite an uphill climb, and it's overgrown. I wouldn't recommend going in the rain since the trail gets so muddy.
Otherwise, gorgeous trail. It's forested until you reach the very end, with an oepn meadow and God's Thumb, an almost vertical hill. There is a sheer drop, so be careful. It was so steep and muddy, to get back down I had to slide on my butt. Actually really fun!
Great Hike parked at the Draytons old rock cory and hiked up only half a mile to the view point steep but worth the sweat. What a sweet view. Enjoy the pics
The trail is overgrown, but don't let that stop you. The view from the top is breathtaking!
Start on the gravel road across the street from Roads End. Walk up the pleasant pond lined road for almost one mile. Some elevation gain. At the top of the road walk around the steel gate and take the path immediately to the right (east), well before the old quarry. After several hundred feet of elevation gain on a well worn path, enjoy the amazing view from the grassy knoll. If you want a more adventurous hike, continue north along the beautiful spruce lined ridge until you get to the lovely grassy fields above the north end of Lincoln Cit y. Continue northwest across the first big field and up the hill on the other side. Enter the woods again for a time until you reach the bluffs overlooking the ocean. Here the trail meets up with a north south trail that hugs the coast line. Turn south and head back home across bluffs, the tunnels of small spruce and salal, and then a tree lined path. Here we cut down a very steep path to the beach. Probably not recommended unless you are feeling adventuresome. There is probably an easy path if you continued on the main path to the north end of Logan Road.
The trail is very overgrown in most parts and not suitable for trail running. It's pretty short and views are minimal until the end.
The trail head is hard to find. We drove to roads end and some areas say no parking. There are two gated areas next to each other. The one to the right says no trespassing and the one to the left you just walk around. The trail isn't well groomed at all. Very short hike then once you get to the end it's a short but steep hill climb. The view at the top is breath taking!
This is a GORGEOUS hike. It's pretty short if you start at the fence and just go to the steep hill/cliff. There is a hidden trail to the right before you get to the meadow with the hill. I followed it and it took me through some fields and forest where I ended at a wildlife refuge. There is a gate and a sign saying not to trespass, so I turned around and went back.
Finding the trail is difficult and had I not seen hikers making there way to the fence, I probably would have given up. It is at the end of NW Logan Road, and is a gate/fence to the left. You follow a road up a little ways and then you'll see the trail on the right. Overall, the trail is easy but the incline at the super steep hill is intense. It feels like it's almost vertical but the view is amazing.
note: I don't know what the trail is that is marked on the map, the one I found is nowhere near or similar to that. On this map it appears there are other trails around the area where I was but I can't find anything about them online, nor can I find anything about that wildlife refuge. Mysterious.
Great scramble be ready for elevation gain and loss