Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice deep woods trail.

Very pretty, looks like a scene from Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

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.

Beautiful trail! Highly recommend!

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

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.

It is an easy trail.

I’d actually rate this as “easy” considering we backpacked it as a family when our kids were 6, 8 and 10. (I added photos):) It’s a great trail and if you are wanting a short easy backpacking loop, there are great camp spots near the lake! :)

The trail map is out of date.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

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail. Rated as hard but I found it to be moderate at best.

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!

Diverse and amazing scenery, forest meets dune slopes. Great for trail running. Nicely shaded in the forest, secluded beach

backpacking
8 months ago

Minor elevation gain over 3 miles to reach great views of both freshwater lake & ocean. Found a camp site at the edge of the trail, but didn't find a defined trail to the shore. I accessed lake via steep dune. Not sure if there is a better way to enjoy the beautiful lake.

Excellent trail, would not describe this as Hard, Moderate perhaps. Trail is very well maintained, many very large moss covered trees, totally beautiful.

backpacking
8 months ago

I only went to the south camp on a solo 2 day trip but it was still lots of fun! Highly recommend to people who like a quick easy trip with a nice lake.

It's been a few years, but we had a blast with this trail. Did have to remove our shoes to cross water to our ankles. Wooded sections, sandy dune spots, and beach! Didn't see any other folks either way.

It's a great trail and not as difficult as the signs would have you believe. It does have some decent elevation changes though. We enjoyed the semi-private access to the lake at the end.

Great hike with kids. About 30 minutes in (at slow pace) The trail gives you the option of taking a small loop or a larger loop where parents can opt for more or less depending on how things are going.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome hike. It's not hard as I thought it would be. Very easy hike but it does get your heart pumping. My 65yr old no hiking experience mom loved it.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail with some neat campgrounds at the lake!

backpacking
11 months ago

Perfect distance for a one night backpacking trip with our 3 year old. Lots of mosquitoes though.

We took the trail down till it merged heading south with the tahkenitch dunes trail then bypassed the beach option and connected down to three mile and turned around and headed back. Good hike but bring your sandy shoes, dog loved it!

Easy trail for 10 & 12 yr old. Just the right amount for an afternoon out. Loop is clearly marked in 4 places making it nice breaking it into stages. 1 bench at the beginning of trail offers nice spot for a snack with an ok view. Rated 4 due to it being easy for kids with decent views. Could have been 5 with vista or perhaps more sitting areas for rest stops. Trail has options for longer hikes. I think it may take you to beach if your up for a longer hike

Beginning of the trail is still in good condition however the trail down to the lake is pretty much gone so is the beach! The trail down to the ocean is still there but is being overgrown. We saw no other travelers. The main road to get to the trailhead I recommend a pickup or SUV there are huge potholes!

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Great wooded trail back to a beautiful lake. Would definitely not rate this trail as hard though. It was an easy hike/run.

walking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Great for families with strollers. Very pretty and minimal insects during May. Easy stroll in the park, if you will.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

One of my favorites, well worth the time and have done it over and over

camping
Sunday, March 12, 2017

The hike was a challenge when we went through the trail to our camp site with our stuff because there's a lot of steep hills. However, this camp spot was really secluded and beautiful and we stayed there for 2 nights. Go swimming at the end of the trail, it feels so refreshing. If you want a beautiful secluded camp spot and you don't mind carrying stuff on your hike, this is the way to go. :)

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