A string of 1,854 wave-washed rocks and islands mirror almost the entire length of the Oregon coast from Tillamook Head to the California border. These precious chunks of land, protected as the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, total only 372 acres, but those relatively few acres provide a nesting habitat for an estimated 1.2 million seabirds, more than nest along the coastlines of California and Washington combined. Beginning in April, black-and-white common murres throng the islands. Summer also brings tufted puffins, rhinoceros and Cassin's auklets, pigeon guillemots, Leach's storm-petrels, black oystercatchers, western gulls, and other species, which nest on the islands and feed in the Pacific Ocean. These rocky islands and reefs also serve as haul-outs for seals and sea lions including harbor seals, northern elephant seals, California sea lions, and the Steller sea lion, which haul themselves up on to rocks to give birth, to rest, and to molt. The Rogue and Orford Reef units of this refuge and wilderness constitute the largest breeding and pupping sites for Steller sea lions in U.S. waters south of Alaska.

hiking
23 days ago

Wonderful beach at the bottom with sandy beach and tide pools. Great views. Lots of roots and switchbacks.

Definitely wish I read these reviews before my hike here yesterday. As the rest of the comments suggest, it is very poorly marked. My partner and I went about a mile and half out of the way before we realized we weren’t on the actual trail. We ended up having to go back the way we came because we’re a bit lost. Although this happened I will say it was absolutely gorgeous. If you have the time to navigate a map and don’t mind the overgrowth, this is a wonderful private hike. I will likely go back and try again!

hiking
2 months ago

lots roots to navigate. down was easy coming back up a little difficult it took 41 minutes

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike down. Only saw one other group on the trail when I went on a Saturday in January. It was muddy, but that is expected on a hike in winter in Oregon. Be sure to pace yourself. It’s easy to zoom on down and walk a couple of miles down the beach before you remember you have to the the switchbacks back up :)

The loop that is marked out on the app is very poorly maintained and there are no trail markings. You WILL have to keep your gps on the entire time because, as stated before, there are a lot of intersections and things that look like actual trails that aren't that can get you really turned around if you don't pay close attention and once you start on the trail, you either have to finish it or come back the way you came. I got to a point of the trail that I was a little concerned it wasn't actually a trail anymore because of how overgrown it was and thought I could cut half way through and come back out the way I came because I didn't want to keep fighting off stray branches and fallen trees and bushes and spiderwebs the last 3 miles but I got very lost. The trail doesn't correlate with the map and will not connect you to the correct side of the reservoir so do not make my same mistake. It is extremely lightly trafficked and it could be days before someone comes along if you actually did get lost. It's also worth mentioning that the trail line on the app doesn't always follow what the map says is an actual trail.. I gave this trail 2 stars only for the fact that the reservoir is gorgeous and the trail directly parallel to it is pretty neat. Lastly, if you are a forager, you need a permit to remove any forest products.

hiking
9 months ago

Hike the section along the lake and found it quite enjoyable. Didn't have time for the entire trail.

hiking
9 months ago

A pretty tough trail coming straight back up from the beach, but it wasn't very busy and it was a nice beach.

hiking
9 months ago

Check the tide schedules and approach this trail toward low tide for the best experience. I hiked the Cape Lookout trail first (approx 1:15) so that I could come back to this one for a swim break. It was the most refreshing invigorating thing I've ever had the pleasure of doing mid-hike. Low tide leaves many tide pools and wildlife on the beach. The views are spectacular! Also had a very close encounter with deer on the way back up.
The steep grades can be hard on the knees going down and tough on the stamina going up. Pace yourself for your fitness level.

hiking
10 months ago

needs some signage. don't start on the locked gate road, start closer to the lake and leave alltrails ON. did 4-5 miles, very little on the real trail.
I would come back to do the loop someday.

hiking
11 months ago

The vistas were not as dramatic as the cape trail, but for awhile we were the only folks on the beautiful beach that is this hike's destination. This beautiful short hike is memorable for the way it takes one into what seems like another world.

hiking
11 months ago

It was busy at noon on a Friday, but that didn't hinder our experience. Its a 800 ft hike up switchbacks on the way back though, which I would've preferred to start with and then go back down, but thats obviously not an option when you're hiking to a beach. Be careful with your ankles on the roots! Pup pulled me over a couple of them...

11 months ago

One of the most crowded places you could ever find. Parking lot full at 9 am Thursday morning. "Moderately Trafficked" is ultra false.

on Ollala Simple Trail

hiking
11 months ago

It was a nice hike and the head of the trail was easy to find. However, you have to pay attention to your GPS or it is easy to turn the wrong way. There are a number of different roads and trails that intersect. There wasn't much wildlife but it was a beautiful hike.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Hike was well worth the secluded beach. Kids loved it!

hiking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

VERY poorly marked. We had to use GPS to find the trail to get out. The lake is beautiful and definitely the highlight of the hike. We ended up hiking over 7 miles due to getting off trail a few times.

on South Trail

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Beautiful trail, a bit muddy in some spots.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Starts out nice and easy, turns into a logging road that is very lightly used and VERY poorly marked. Should bring water and snacks as well as be prepared to do some navigating.

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

The trail started very nice, easy to find and follow. About 2 miles in it turns to an old logging road instead of trail. Only went about 3 miles in before turning around due to time. My dog loved the hike, plenty of places for him to jump in the lake and paddle around! Next time I go back I will be bringing my kayak!

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Great hike today. Hard on knees going down hill, and a good workout coming back up. Took us 70 minutes each way. Wonderful beach with tide pools at bottom.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Beautiful lush forest ending with an amazing beach. We saw a bald eagle over looking the beach. Hike up hill is challenging if you are not in pretty good shape.

Monday, May 22, 2017

I enjoyed this nifty trail. It's all downhill for the first leg, which brings you to the beach. The ocean waves call your name the whole way down. Then you have a somewhat challenging uphill climb back to the parking lot.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stunning views of the ocean! Still a little muddy in spots and a little more difficult than I anticipated but a very pretty hike. The trail ends at a beautiful secluded beach with very few people on it.

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Beautiful day while having the beach to ourselves. The trail was really muddy but worth it.

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017

Nice hike didn't do the whole hike do to time. But great bring a backpack some drinks and snacks take yer time. Good for dog too. A few trees in the path but still easy to get around. Lots of people fishing on shore and boat.

hiking
Monday, January 30, 2017

NAKED ADVENTURERS, A 420 FRIENDLY NUDIST GROUP
This day was a little cooler and cloudy so I didn’t expect any hiking buddies this time. Expecting high 50’s and sun, I got low 50’s and overcast. Still with in my comfort zone. When I arrived there were 4 cars in the parking lot, 2 people fishing, and a group in their car with large clouds of smoke erupting from their cracked windows. So the trail was fairly deserted. Waited around a bit, see if anyone was going to show up, got use to the cold and smoked a pre-hike bowl. No one showed up, so off I went. Once I losing sight of the parking lot my shorts and shirt where stowed in my pack and the naked adventure began.
The hike started out as a double track trail, with an easy uphill grade which followed the reservoir. This soon turned into a signal track trail and dropped to the shore line and across an earth dam.
Started up a ridge keeping a good pace, still a little cold with the sun poking through the clouds. By the time I got to the top the ridge I no longer felt cold.
A wonderful thing starts to happen when you have no distractions, you’re naked in the forest and alone with your thoughts. Almost total silence except for your footsteps, the birds and the wind passing through the trees. No longer man invading nature but man in tune with nature. The cold in no longer a factor, you have gotten used to it or just numb by now.
Listening to the rhythm your foot wind passing through the trees. Bring your self to a state of self-meditation, self-awareness. Just see where your thoughts take you.
This how the rest of the hike went. Go down the ridge, go up the ridge stop look around, and take some pictures. Since I was by myself I did a little exploring turning a 6 mile hike into a 9 mile hike Go down the ridge, go up the ridge, exc.
I didn’t see anybody on the entire hike. When I reached the end of the trail, you have to fallow the road about a half mile to return to the parking lot. It’s now 4:30pm, everyone must be gone by now? Being naked for 4 hours, let’s see if I can get to the car without being seen? Not so lucky, and motor cycle and 2 cars all in succession spotted thrice. At least I arrived to a deserted parking lot.
Even though this was a solo hike, is was still a great hike.

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The payoff on this hike is pretty fantastic. We had a beautiful day today and made it down quickly to the beach. We did plenty of walking and running along the beach and had racked up 6 miles by the time we marched back up to the trailhead. Trail is in good condition, but I doubt it ever completely dries out, so be ready for some mud and wet roots/rocks. Footwear with good traction is a real plus on this one.

walking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

fun trail, roots & switchbacks, it was hot in tillamook but nice cool & misty on this trail.

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

A good hike down the the beach, lots of cutbacks. Wouldn't call the moderate not easy, only for the return hike back up ;)

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Getting around the downed tree at the start of the trail was not too tough. I love the part of the trail that crosses the lake. Watch out for snakes in the tall grass (non venomous). It can be tricky to know which way to go and I ended up walking 6.88 miles instead of 6.2. The abandoned, half buried car is a little creepy, but the overall ambiance is peaceful. I did this hike in April and didn't see a soul. If you don't like walking uphill, this hike is not for you. The 6.88 (a wrong turn here or there) took me 3 hours. Have fun!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Muddy in spots but saw some gray whales. Great views of the coastline as well.

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