Explore the most popular trails in Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The day-use area restroom and dump station are temporarily closed. Washburne is located on the east side of Highway 101 with a buffer of native plants between you and the highway. The campsites are spacious. There are several trails of varying difficulty leading from the campsites to the beach, wildlife viewing areas, and second-growth forests. A walking trail leads you under the highway to a five-mile sandy beach and a day-use area, where you'll find space to watch whales, hunt agates, beachcomb, and picnic. Another trail connects you to the Heceta Head trail, which you can use to reach the historic Heceta Head lighthouse (check the Heceta Head Lighthouse web page for information on tours). In the campground at night, you can hear the pounding surf. There is a creek running through the campground, and elk have been known to wander through. Wild rhododendrons bloom in spring.

12 days ago

It’s a nice easy trail. Fairly well maintained and normally highly trafficked but it was raining all day when we went and we only ran into a few other people. With the rain most of the trail is wet and muddy with standing water. There is also a few trees down and medium size branches narrowing but not blocking the trail. Multiple off lead and aggressive dogs were on the trail today. And I’ve run into some previously. I’d recommend carrying bear spray, mace, or a baton as it’s narrow in some areas and unfortunately extremely popular with people who can’t control their dogs.

Awesome! We did this 1/1 — easy but beautiful. Best hike of the trip.

You can probably skip Chinese Creek section unless you really enjoy walking in the woods with nothing much else to see.

I wouldnt recommend this trail if you just planned on doing hobbit and china creek loop. Adding in the 1.5 mile each direction to lighthouse to me was the highlight of hike.

Cute and charming path down to the beach. You wander through windswept groves and burrows from where you parked on the 101 down to a broad, sandy beach capped with tide pools. No commercial beach access, or car, or easy access, so only adventurers can enjoy this gem of a beach. The real hike is on the way back.

Stroller manageable but not recommended. Beautiful trail. We took a jogging stroller and made it. It wasn’t easy and I’m pretty sure everyone thought we weren’t going to make it but we did. Beautiful beach and definitely going to do it again. Well kept trail and would be so much fun with kids. No bugs or berries but have hiked it since and will continue to do so. Combine it with the lighthouse trail and make it a really good workout. I don’t think there are bathrooms here.

off trail
over grown
7 months ago

One of my favorite beach access points. It can be a bit overgrown in places but part of the fun is crawling through it, like a hobbit ;)

Wild Rhododendrons are in full bloom. A beautiful canopy but a lot of bees if that's a concern for you. Very non-aggressive bees. I agree that the hike is better completed starting with the Valley Trail/China Creek section and finishing with the beach section right before the Hobbit Trail. The prevailing wind on the beach section will likely be at your back that way and it's way more pleasant.

8 months ago

I loved this hike- as it was everything I imagined for the Oregon Coast. We started at Hobbit Trail and did the beach first so we could pass at low tide. China Creek was lush and full of moss, newts, and greenery and was so peaceful. We felt like we were very remote, despite the highway being relatively close by. I highly recommend this hike!

I walked this trail backwards of how I would do it in the future. Clockwise, people, clockwise is the only way. The beach is pristine, but the wind was blowing like a hurricane yesterday. Once you cross over the 101, it’s like hobbit heaven. There’s sand and ponds and Jurassic Park looking plants everywhere. The variety of plants and landscape is thrilling, and keeps the senses firing. I only wish that the trail was longer. Critters spotted along the way: 4 salamanders, and loads of different birds. Also barely any people for a Friday afternoon.

Easy trail and spent an additional hour walking the low tide beach which we had entirely to ourselves. I enjoyed it!

We enjoyed this walk although the Hobbit Trail is technically access to the beach below (sorry to burst a bubble). We must have missed a turn as our trip was only 3.5 miles!

super easy hike in a wide open area. the beach was a bit disappointing. I think I was expecting more because of all the hype

Beautiful hike, took about 3 hours, and just made it back up the beach as the tide was coming in.

A combination of a few trails to make this loop. Nice blend of beach, forest and meadow. The “hobbit” part of the trail is actually only .5 mile long. You’ll need to cross 101 to get from the beach to the China Creek trailhead. Wasn’t the most intuitive getting there with this map, but there are maps on the trail as well that were helpful.

a little muddy in spots but nothing major. beautiful trail. include the heceta head lighthouse trail for one heck of a hill climb there and back! well worth the views!

Pretty little trail! It can be muddy in a few sections but overall well maintained. We started at China Creek. Just like someone said earlier, you do park across the street (coast side) at the state park. There’s no fee. You cross hwy 101 to the non-coast side and head towards the camping site. You see the trailhead after a minute or so of walking. The trail is pretty, nice forest views. I’d recommend extending to include the lighthouse (veer left instead of right to the hobbit trail). It’s a butt buster! But even if you don’t, China and hobbit trail is lovely! We ended up by going down to the beach back to the car. Be aware of high tide, you wouldn’t be able to do that in high tide as it comes up.

Beautiful trail, but be extremely careful about tides. They came in faster than we expected and go right up to the cliff. There are places you can get trapped.

Really pretty in the China loop. Some ups and downs but no big climbs. A good mile along the beach to finish up which was flat and nice. Next time I would add the trail to Heceta Head Lighthouse. Also, you have to cross 101 from the parking lot to get to the trail. No signs for that in the lot.

Beautiful views from the trail.

Very magical place, expected Bilbo Baggins and gang to pop out behind the trees! Beach is lovely, not many people. Great hike!

I went from the trailhead to China Creek Loop and back (did not do the beach portion). Leisurely shaded hike in a beautiful forest. The China Creek Loop was my favorite part.

Your app is amazing. Touring Oregon with an Aussie and husband who doesn’t like hiking. Just running and cycling. Easily found the trail head and used the gps. Hike down the beach beautiful. Hiked back through the forest spectacular. A must do in the fall

trail was well maintained. very quite peaceful.. definitely will be doing this trail again..

Mon Aug 27 2018

A cute half-day hike that takes in coastal views and green forest. Would recommend adding the out-and-back detour to the Haceta Head Lighthouse, which adds some uphill hiking but offers great views of the coast and beach. I would advise being familiar with the route ahead of time, some parts are not well signposted and we didn't have cell service, so we improvised. We were lucky enough to figure it out on our own!

The china creek trail is the prettiest part!!! We started at the Park at north end of trail and did the China Crest, lighthouse, and then hobbit trail and beach to park again. The lighthouse part added the burn, the rest was easy.

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