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There have been several people who had to be rescued from this trail due to treacherous conditions. The trail is unstable, the fog and wind unpredictable. Please research this before using the trail.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.statesmanjournal.com/amp/935816002

https://newportnewstimes.com/article/gods-thumb-rescue-a-reminder-of-cliffs-dangers

https://www.thenewsguard.com/news/it-s-happened-again-climber-rescued-from-god-s-thumb/article_3722b8dc-6215-11e8-8968-5733891a3da4.html

hiking
17 hours ago

Great hike - be prepared that it's all up hill going out. The ending is worth it though!

View is breathtaking

on Cascade Head Trail

1 day ago

Beautiful!! Totally worth it!

Beautiful!!

Great hike, up hill on The way back was rough but well worth the hike. You can heat sea lions from
The look out!

5 stars for the view at the end, but this trail wasn’t very exciting. There are also no signs at all so you have to know where you’re going. For those that may not know, if you open the map of the trail from this app while you’re hiking, you can follow along as a blue dot so you know if you’re on the right path! That feature really came in handy on this trail.

We loved this trail! It was muddy, and very misty, it felt like we were in a magical world. I was just waiting for elves or Ewoks to come jumping out. The mist cleared at the end of the trail for some beautiful views. Also saw some seals along the cliffs.

Fun little hike-run. Did an out and back, and the views were stunning all directions! Beware of the steep cliff at the top with children and or DOGS! There are no signs and a good drop off over the ridge! 

Great hike overall. Arrive early on weekends in summer months since parking lot fills quickly early. Porta-potties, no running water. Moderate hike took me just under and hour to reach the top. You can hear the ocean for most of the hike. First third is wide, well-manicured easy trail that is mostly a decent. At about the one-mile marker, there is a nice view. If you're traveling with differently-abled people in your party or small children, you may want to consider this one mile marker enough. The second third of the trail was wet and muddy (in Aug.) and you have to traverse over huge tree roots. it's moderately treacherous. The last third was drier and and easy hike to the lookout. The lookout had a handful of people when I arrived at approximately 11 am. The views were great as expected.

hiking
4 days ago

My boyfriend and I went on this hike today for the first time. Now, this may be easy for others who are more physically fit and active lol.. but for people like my boyfriend and I who are overweight have had a hard time coming back. It was the longest we’ve ever hiked but man was it beautiful! Totally worth it. I saw a few centipedes, butterfly’s, squirrels, and heard some seals. We are now very sore and probably won’t go back for awhile lol at least until we lose some pounds. This isn’t for beginner hikers! I repeat! Not a beginners trail! Unless my boyfriend and I just suck lol. We made it though! Woohoo!

I completed this loop yesterday. It ended up being about 7.5 miles for me (maybe because I got of trail a few times for photos). The first 1.5 miles is quite challenging, especially with the loose gravel. Many good view points on the way up. There is a notebook at the summit to sign,but I had no pen. I contemplated going back down the way I came for the sake of time, but glad I didn't (I can't imagine going down those steep grades without a pole). After the summit, you do have some rocks to get down, so you'll need to use your hands. Around mile 3 it's smooth sailing. The junction point is well marked and there are pink/orange ribbons to follow.

Once I got on the Elk Creek Trail I decided to do some trail running (mostly trying to beat the sunset). The trail is generally smooth (I did hit a couple rocks,so be careful), and it's downhill, so I was back at the trailhead in no time.

The views are beautiful, but I imagine you could get similar views on a less challenging trail. Bring plenty of water!

CLOSED TODAY DUE TO “DANGEROUS CONDITIONS”.

Amazing view , kids had a great time . Very well maintained trail and easy short hike .

Beautiful- moderate hike. We carried a 1 and 3 year old plus lots of extras and it was great- not easy but doable. Lots of roots and some mud but easy to maneuver. Views are stunning and worth the work. Definitely on our list of hikes worth repeating

Great hike. They are currently cutting back overgrowth (which was needed) Moderate is a good description. There’s some steep bits but mostly easy. Towards the Thumb it gets narrow and steep and the dirt is loose and dry so it’s a bit scary at times. We were carrying a 1 year old and 3 year old on our backs. I think doing a solo hike this would have been less of an issue but carrying a tiny human- things get a tad scarier. Overall— stunning and we’ll do it again sometime. They do need some signage tho. There’s two great viewpoints and you might miss one.
FYI- park at the state park. We watched them driving rounds looking for cars to ticket that parked on the road when walking up to the trail head.

Signs at the trail head still say closed. The area that “closed” the trail is a dried washed out creek. Easily crossed considering the the rest of the hike takes good footing with loose rock. Also passed the park workers replacing the bridge. Second time hiking this, always love the burn towards the top. Bug spray would be helpful :)

Second time going....short hike with stunning views! We got a break in the clouds and it was so rewarding.

I didn’t do the full loop, just up to the summit and down due to timing but in retrospect it was very difficult going down. The views at the top of the summit are great. About a mile in it starts getting rough with having to scramble up a few tough parts and towards the end there are a few saddles. I was a little confused with how to get there but just look for the elk creek campground and drive a bit past there. Definitely a challenge, and a leg killer. I wouldn’t bring a dog or children.

Beautiful!

Steep but rewarding hike. Get there early on a weekend to avoid the crowds. I wish I would have brought trekking poles; there are many areas with loose gravel going up.

Honestly.... ugh. My husband clocked in 6 miles on his Fitbit. 6 miles to look at the Oregon Coast just wasn't worth it to me.

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail that offers fantastic views, birds, plants, and can be done easily in a light paced morning. Trail is very well developed and signed. Probably one of the more we’ll marked trails I’ve been on. I wanted to move fast for a good cardio workout but this trail begs you to move slow. For the views and for the slightly technical and wet trail. Once you get out of the plants the trail dries up. If you go later in the day, you have s better chance of no fog covering, however I enjoyed the fog.

Do not go right as one of the recent reviews states!!! The cove is to the left from the clearing. We followed someone’s comment instead of trusting our instincts and got lost.

This was a great short hike, easy for all

Great views. Trail wasn’t busy at all. We start right around 830am and only saw 3 other people the entire time. No bees at all.

I’d rate this easy aside from a few brief steep inclines and the final incline to the very top. Well worth the trip!

Fantastic views at the top of God’s thumb, but be careful when hiking with kids- there is a cliff at the top and no guard rail or danger signs. Also, it is supposed to be a loop trail, but it wasn’t obvious where the loop is, and the loop is overgrown, so we just did a “there and back” on the more popular trail. Shady with vegetation until you reach the “thumb.” Muddy in parts and lots of roots.

on Sweet Creek Trail

walking
10 days ago

Beautiful!

Avid hikers--this is an easier trail. If you are not use to uneven terrain, it may be more difficult. Really enjoyed the views towards the top.

FYI- go to the restroom before you start hiking. the port-a-potties are gag-inducing.

walking
11 days ago

One of my favorite spots on the Oregon Coast. Definitely recommend at low tide!

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