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This is a beautiful trail along the beautiful Oregon coast - definitely worth your time. The trail itself is narrow - not difficult but if it had been raining within the last few days the mud will make it difficult and a little risky to traverse if you don’t have good balance. Also, I’ll say that while there are markers on the trail, they are very easy to miss and with so many offshoots of the trail that lead to great viewpoints that you will want to take, I can see people getting lost easily. Pay close attention or download the offline map. Finally, while this listing states it’s great March through October I would recommend late March if March at all - while it’s beautiful in winter there is a lot of leafless trees that in certain would make the trail even more breathtaking if viewed when spring has sprung. April through October would be the best time to partake IMO.

1 month ago

A favorite place to hike into, then take day hikes out each day to many spots. Although the trail is heavily used, it never seemed out of control. We would encounter 1-2 groups only on each trip and briefly.

Went in January 2017. Don't think it sees much action, but its a nice quiet looped trail for the dog and I.

Going south on the Oregon Coast trail from the Thunder Rock Cove pullout,the trail goes through forrest.At Natural Bridges there is a nice view.Continuing south it comes to open area above a cove.Further south the trail goes to another view area before dropping down to beautiful China Beach.

Going north from the Natural Bridge parking area the Oregon Coast trail goes through forrest,reaching the Thunder Rock Cove parking area shortly.In that stretch a side trail goes down to a view.

From the Natural Bridge viewpoint,the Oregon Coast trail continues south through forrest,then a opening above a cove.More trees and another parking area/viewpoint.South of that viewpoint area the Oregon Coast trail goes down to the north end of beautiful China Beach.

The Oregon Coast trail goes north(and south)from the Thunder Rock pull off.Going north the trail forks.Either way will go to Secret Beach,but going left at that fork goes down to Thunder Rock Cove and some very beautiful views before it rejoins and goes north to Secret Beach and other points to the north.

Found some old photos from a trip up the California and Oregon coast I took 8 years ago. Absolutely loved this place got out of the car to explore for a few hours. Some of the most unique landscape in the US. Highly recommend this gorgeous place

I had a great time here. Most of the beaches are a hike from the car, so they are less crowded and beautiful. There are a lot of stops, so I would pick 3 or so for the day. Here is a video of my time at Sam Boardman.


I'll have to do this one again. I couldn't figure out the trail. I saw that it's the one to the right of the parking lot, but then it just brings you to another parking lot. I saw a turn and it didn't look like it went anywhere. So I didn't get to see too many views. But what I got to see was still beautiful.

4 months ago

We generally start at the trailhead just above Mirror Lake rather than by Lake Marie (which while beautiful, will take you alongside the road for a good stretch). You'll come upon a crossroads at the top before the trail ends, at which point one has the option to either a) turn around and return ("out and back"), b) go left to do the Medicine Bow Peak trail (leave plenty of extra time and have extra supplies!), or c) go right and continue on to end at Lewis Lake as the trail map here shows (at which point it's a good option to catch a ride there or walk the mile to the road to hitch back to the trailhead, rather than just go back the way you came). All are great options, if you have the time, supplies, and inclination...

Go right at the parking lot. Beautiful!

WATCH OUT FOR POISON OAK! Hiked around here and Secret Beach and got into lots of poison oak. Look it up and be familiar with it. Serious stuff!

i have to wonder if we found the wrong trail based on a review from a week ago. Being a loop we followed from the left side first. This trail has not been maintained in a very long time. Fully overgrown with fallen trees and brambles. We turned around after about 10 minutes. We tried from the right side. Same problem. We moved on to better horizons.

8 months ago

Was a bit hard to find the trailhead as there weren't any signs actually stating this was the Lakes Trail. There was no overnight parking in the picnic area, so we ended up squeezing into the next parking lot which meant we had to walk a paved path around Lake Marie to get to the actual trail. After we finally figured all of that out, the views were spectacular and the camping was great! There were still some snow fields and mud. Saw lots of day hikers walking around the muddy sections. Wear appropriate footwear and try to stay on trail! Lots of mosquitos too. Bring bug spray!

It' s an interpretive trail with a brochure explaining each of the numbered stops along the hike. We had an extremely bad winter and no doubt when the previous poster was there they hadn't cleaned it up yet. Now it's the most groomed trail I've seen in Oregon. It possibly wide enough for a sport type wheelchair. There are also a lot of benches along the way for the less mobile to rest. The hike would be great for more limited hikers or walkers and children.

The bridges view is literally 100 feet from your car. It is gorgeous.

If you want a long walking of running on the beach, then this is the place for you. Starts by walking over the sand dunes to the beach. Turn left and follow the beach to the rocks.

Beautiful it's just so much to take in... it's immense!

This often bypassed gem is one of Southern Oregon's finest state parks, esp. the cove. South of the cove, you can beat back the bushes (unless they've been cut) and find headlands where you can sit and have lunch or just enjoy the spectacular view. I've hiked this park many times of 40 years.

Sadly we got about 10 minutes into this trail and found it impassable due to over growth and fallen branches and we had to turn back. Could be because it's just after a rough winter. We saw some old growth trees on the drive in, but nothing really old in the short part of the hike we did do. Could be better trees further in if the path gets cleared.

Best views ever. Fun for the kids.

Great for the kids.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Some of the best views of part of Oregon Rocks on the coast. Absolutely gorgeous when you can catch it on a day without wind. Even better when you can catch it on a sunny day... It's a nice flat hard beach that would be great for running as well. One of my favorite beaches and the river is great for Brook to get in a little swim.

My 7 month old Lab would definitely give this one 5 stars because she really enjoying fetching sticks in the river. This is a great little coastal hike for you and your dogs. Today there was a seal very interested in my Lab and it's not the 1st time. So be careful if you have a dog that plays in the surf.

Short and sweet. Only went to the first look out. Was foggy for us but it was still beautiful.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

An amazingly beautiful place. There are many trails that branch off from the big sandy trail after 6 miles. We did a 2 night 3 day loop. We hiked passed big sandy lake and clear lake the first day, camping near clear lake on the giant rock slabs. The next day we passed deep lake and temple lake, looping around we camped near rapid creek the second night. This is a loop that connects back to big sandy lake. I think most people don't realize u can loop around as many of the people we met had gone on the same path to deep lake and back. We passed many hikers on the way to deep lake but saw no one the second day hiking near rapid creek. The different scenery of mountains, lakes, meadows, and creeks were amazing. The total loop was around 24 miles.

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