Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

great way to see the forest, dunes and beach all in one hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike: one part beach walk and two parts dunes hike. My wife and I enjoyed the first three miles or so, but the last mile section of dunes was very tiresome and diminished the overall hike experience.

hiking
3 months ago

Great little trail with the kids. Not busy at all for a Friday afternoon and close to the beach for a nice cool off on a warm August day.

hiking
3 months ago

tahkenich dunes trail and three mile lake north loop went to three mile lake, beach, tahkenich.

Expected big dunes, that was not the case. Would recommend shoes until you arrive at the beach.

hiking
3 months ago

Unique and beautiful.

Only thing that knocks a star off is lack of clear marking when you first hit the dune section. Also, if you’re doing the loop, take the fork that says “campground”, NOT “parking lot”. The latter sends you back up to the Tahkenich trailhead, which is not the same as the dunes route. Overall, a really gorgeous, mostly shaded forest hike with some sand and beach. Will do again for sure!

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

Overall a very nice trail with great views and lake and beach access, not too strenuous. The mosquitoes were the only thing I didn't enjoy.

Magical. From the campsite car park thru rhododendron blooms, into encapsulating scrub, emerging to giant dunes and the sound of crashing waves. A long walk along a golden, wind-swept and completely empty beach before returning thru a simply stunning forest. 6 miles of heaven. My dog loved it too.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail takes the hiker from a campground/day use area to the beach. Along the way, one is immersed in a rainforest of lush vegetation, including lichen, moss, fern and blooming trees - in May. The trail is moderately difficult due to the elevation changes and it’s mainly single-trail nature. Yet, if the hiking is leisurely, it’s an easy trail due to its soft surface that is only intermittently disrupted by intruding roots. We were hiking with our 32-months-old daughter. About half-way, one passes by the dunes and has to traverse a narrow section on sand. It was raining when we hiked, and the wet sand good be tricky to navigate for inexperienced hikers. We did not have the time to explore the Three-mile Lake, but the view from the trail over the lake convinced us to come back soon and take a swimming break. Overall, it is one of the most beautiful hikes I have taken outside of alpine environments. The perfect hike for “forest bathing”.

A variety of terrain, including a stretch of beach. Be prepared to walk on sand - I recommend long pants that you can pull over your boots to keep the sand out. The parking area has great lookout platforms, picnic tables along the first stretch of trail, nice restrooms, and a water fountain.

hiking
6 months ago

$5 day use fee. Easy clear trail. We started with the southern loop. 2/3 way out to the coast we took our shoes off and walked in sand. 3/21/19 afternoon til sunset it was partial sun and comfortable with moderate layering, windy on the beach.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy pretty trail. I will say it was partially flooded in some areas

very pretty hike through the forest. not difficult.

Nice clear trail out past the dunes to the Pacific Ocean. Saw a banana slug! Pretty empty this time of year, also really pretty this time of year.

I thought it was a great trail. cleaned up and easy going.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful and easy. A little walking through sand, groomed trails and a bridge over the lake. Great little hike.

I dont think this was my fav. My friend and I did the whole loop..I think about 3 miles or more. probably because of the cold but I wasn't as thrilled. Also I may not like sand as much as I thought. half of it was surrounded by sand. and I just got tired of it. anyways if you're a fan..you'll love it. there is some walking through trees which was beautiful.

backpacking
Mon Oct 15 2018

Backpacked in at night with a group of Scouts. Trail well defined and easy to negotiate with headlamps. Fairly busy at the lake but the weather was ideal for October. No problems finding camping spots for 6 adults and 12 scouts even by headlamps. Beautiful location with access to water for filtering. Highly recommended.

hiking
Mon Jul 30 2018

We hiked the dune trail to Three Mike Lake, taking the longer loop at the beginning. Because of the Sandy Plover we didn’t walk on the beach portion with the pup. Hike ended up being about 7.8 miles. There was thick sand throughout the portion from the main trail to the lake. Went off trail towards the end and through some dune valleys and peaks before scrambling up a dune to reach the rim overlooking the lake. Could hear the ocean, very peaceful, there was no one else out there.

Just beautiful! Loved this trail. Rating seems right, it’s easy! Highly recommend it

Great loop hike

Wed May 30 2018

It was a pretty walk but couldn't walk around the lake because of flooding which was a bummer.

hiking
Sun Mar 25 2018

Turned out to be a lot longer then we thought. The trail through the dunes is not marked very well just just keep a eye out for the trail markings. I didn’t record this I forgot to turn it on but it took us about 2hrs. We did this with our 1yr and 5yr old 1yr old in a pack once reaching the beach it seems like forever before you see the trail to start back just be prepared for a work out hiking through the dunes is not a easy task.

depending on time of year, much of trail is flooded.

hiking
Tue Jan 23 2018

Loved this hike though it turned out a bit longer than we intended. We did not go far enough down the beach to cut back in so we doubled back and went through the dunes turning it into about 10 miles. Just make sure you keep going down the beach until you see a big sign on the left, it is in the area where vehicles are allowed.

hiking
Tue Oct 31 2017

The trail map is out of date. This trail now connects with the Takenitch creek trail to the north.

The map on here needs to be updated a little. They have done an expansion that allows for a full circle hike. You start at the trailhead and walk for about .3 miles and come to a sign that shows you have a mile loop in front of you. If you go to the left, you’ll have to watch for the trail after the long bridge. My kids were outgoing this trip and stayed were they thought he trail was, but there is a wooden fence, like the one at the entrance, that marks the trail. They were headed towards the open dunes I think.

nice walk, very fun, lots of sand from the dunes though so it makes it very difficult after a while. still totally worth it and a good time!

we only made it as far as the dunes because we started too late in the day (we stumbled on it accidentally on a drive through the area after dinner) but it was so beautiful! took our three kids (8, 6, and 2) and our Saint Bernard and they all handled it easily. we plan to go back early in the day and walk the entire thing because it was so breathtaking!

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