A fine place for a romantic stroll with tidepools, islands, and the headland with its hidden cove. Sailboarders come from everywhere! When Lincoln City�s beaches are crowded or windy, this sheltered spot just north of town is surprisingly quiet. A short path descends to the beach at the pebbly mouth of a lazy little creek. The north beach is topped by a jumble of quaint old cottages until the beach narrows to the massive Cascade Head. Fragments of lava form ragged islands where comic, long-necked cormorants dry their black wings atop guano-stained roosts. At low tide it�s possible to clamber around the headland�s tip to a secret cove and beach. Don�t linger too long or you�ll have to wait hours until the next low tide to get out!
It can be hard to find. Drive until you see the end of the road. Look to the left of the gated sign that has parking warnings on it. In order to park, you'll need to look for a shoulder spot between this gate and the "no parking" sign in the residential dead end street. Otherwise you are walking quite a ways to get to the starting line.
How do I say easy? By telling you my friend recovering from an ACL replacement did this with a brace on. It's a bit muddy and slightly longer than one might expect, but kids should have no problem getting up there. When you get to the trail, take the second right to follow the path. It's a little less muddy.
Amazing views. It's very windy getting to the top and also as steep as you'd expect. Hike took about 30-45 minutes. I'd recommend adding this hike with an additional field trip close by.
The trail head is at the north end of Logan Rd, you'll see two metal gates, take the one on the left. The one on the right has a sign that says 'this is not the trail head'. Go around the gate on the left and follow the path to the trail, then its obvious from there. Beautiful views from the top.
Ariel P. on God's Thumb Trail
Most of the reviews and pictures posted here are actually of the God's thumb hike. There is not an actual trail for 'Road's End Trail' it's just a suggested route for a beach walk, starting at Road's End Recreation Site, which is just a parking lot with beach access. (For a shorter walk you could start at the beach access between 72nd and 74th streets, but there are only 3 parking spots there) The 'trail' goes north on the beach around a rocky point to a little hidden beach at the base of God's thumb. This is do-able year round, but only at low tide. Walking on the rocks to get around the point can be slippery, might be hard for kids under ~10. It is a beautiful spot that has beautiful sea shells and drift wood depending on the time of year. Pay attention to the tide so you don't get stuck on the hidden beach when the tide comes back in.
when you get to the end of the street you have to find parking which is not very accessible it is the driveway on the left follow it around and look for the random blue arrow pointing to the right it's very hard to find the trailhead to start with but once you get going it's a great hike. we got to the top of God's Thumb the wind was blowing between 25 and 30 miles an hour very dangerous at the top when we went but an outstanding View. it says kid friendly but with the wind gusts as large as they were I wouldn't take my kids to the top
This was a unique short hike that would have been very easy, but was dangerously slippery and muddy! Be sure to bring shoes that won't mind getting caked. Starts out in what looks like someone's backyard (was a little tricky to find - at the end of the cul-de-sac) with a short climb, then goes through a rain forest-like area , then reaches a wooded flat section that gives fun peeks of the coastline, then goes through thick (pokey - bring long sleeves) berry bushes, finally reaching the epic "Thumb" in an open coastal meadow. Climbing the Thumb requires straight up almost vertical hiking, but this part is very short and worth it. From the top of the the Thumb, there are steep drop offs and amazing views! I would not recommend for younger children in those super-muddy conditions, but otherwise a great hike for a different perspective.
How to find it and where to park:
Take the Logan Road to its end. Turn around and head back south on Logan and park on the gravel to the side of the road about a block down. The trail head is at the end of the road down the driveway on the left - the one on the right clearly states “This is not the trail head.” If the gate is closed, climb over the cement platform on the right. The trail is well-marked and is @110 yard up the road.
What to expect:
Mud, if it has rained any time in the last few days. If you don't like mud or are not a fan of trails closely surrounded by vegetation, this trail is not for you.
The initial part is an uphill climb, easy grade but a grade none the less. When you hit a T, head to the right. The downward path goes to the house at the end of the driveway. There may be mud in many places along the trail if it has rained recently. Wear your mud shoes or gloves so that you can grab onto branches to skirt the mud pools. You'll come to a post where the trail hits a small stream. The trail to the right dead ends. Jump the stream and take the trail to the left, up the hill. You get some nice views of Lincoln City beaches as you walk the crest portion of the trail. From the meadow near the first crest, you get ocean and Cascade Head views. The trail become even from plant-enclosed if you continue past the first meadow.
Why this trail:
If you are staying in Roads End and you want a place to which you can walk versus driving, and don't mind mud, this trail is for you. If driving is an option, the Cascade Head trails are much nicer with grander views and vistas.
Jenny C. on God's Thumb Trail
We tried the steep trail at the end of Roads End, and it was very steep and very muddy. Shortly after we came across the picked clean full carcass of a deer and wondering what exactly picked it clean., we decided to turn around and go back...
It's not the same trail the map shows. You have to go all the way to the end of Logan road, and park somewhere on the shoulder. There are two gates at the end, the left is the one you take.
It's quite an uphill climb, and it's overgrown. I wouldn't recommend going in the rain since the trail gets so muddy.
Otherwise, gorgeous trail. It's forested until you reach the very end, with an oepn meadow and God's Thumb, an almost vertical hill. There is a sheer drop, so be careful. It was so steep and muddy, to get back down I had to slide on my butt. Actually really fun!
Hike M. on God's Thumb Trail
Great Hike parked at the Draytons old rock cory and hiked up only half a mile to the view point steep but worth the sweat. What a sweet view. Enjoy the pics