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!

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Definitely very muddy, like everyone before said. The scramble up God's Thumb in the rain was actually pretty challenging and slippery, but the view was absolutely spectacular.

Super muddy. Omg. We went in December so obviously. But it was dry the day we went. I have fear of heights so the top made me nervous haha I slid down on my butt. TO DIE FOR VIEW THOUGH. I wanna go again

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Very short and the trail when going through the trees is very muddy even on a dry day. Wear tall waterproof boots. Trail can initially be hard to find. At the end of the road the gate on the right says this is not the trail head. Go down the gravel driveway on the LEFT. If this gate is closed you can go around. Walk partway up the driveway and take the trail the heads off on the right. There are notches in the trail making the climb up gods thumb easier. At the top can be very windy and there are steep drop offs but gives beautiful views. If you're lucky you'll have it to yourself!

Could not find trail head. We followed the map to where it was exposes to start. all we found was no trespassing and no parking signs

Absolutely amazing! LOTS OF MUD though! just give into it and enjoy :)

hiking
1 month ago

trail was really muddy but worth the hike!

Great views! Extremely muddy. Bring a change of shoes.

It can be muddy and windy but quite an awesome hike!

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was muddy - 4 inches deep, mucky mud. The view up top was worth it. The final climb up to the Thumb has footholds notched into the side of the steep hill, but were quite a stretch for my short legs. Ended up sliding back down foothold-to-foothold on my rear.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I live at 64th and Mast, so; I know this locale.
I have spent many hours on the City and BLM land.
I know the terrain.
There is no official parking.
If you follow the others recommendation, on finding the trail head, you will be starting out on privet property.
The 'trail' is not one of our CCC trails or other conservation improved trail; it is a game trail that has been pounded by human traffic.
The topography is extreme in north, and east, as well as west facing slopes.
Approximately two people, per year are helicopter rescued, by the Coast Guard; stationed out of Newport.
I do not recommend anyone endever, as described, during monsoon seasons (November to June); if you disregard, you need the same boots as for the dairy yard in front of the water trough.
The best approached is from High Meadow.
High Meadow can be accessed from the Knoll (solid road no black muck).
There is one road that goes direct to the Knoll (I have twice driven directly to the top); another goes to the 'Y' between knoll and high meadow. (if you can't see the Salmon River gorge from the high ridge or 'Y' you're not there).
The east ridge road is no longer drive-able, (I walked it in
December '16).
There are too many roads that connect to describe; I have never seen all the roads mapped.
I suggest, drive North from DMV, park on the pavement, at the crest, walk in the woods from there, heading north for the East High Ridge; there are ways to make it a shorter walk (from quarry two miles) but same no parking problem.
The 524 acres SE of the Knoll are owned by Lincoln City (north of water tower).
The whole area I have described is in excess of 2500 acres.
Hundreds of deer sleep west of the knoll there is 30 head Elk herd ranges to the east; I have seen black bear sign and feline tracks.

hiking
4 months ago

The Trailhead-
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.

The Trail-
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.

Overall-
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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

I tried to find the trail head today but all I found was a closed gate and a sign that said 'This is not the trail head"
Any info would be helpful. I'd really like to hike here.

on God's Thumb Trail

walking
5 months ago

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

Only 1.5 miles of muddy trekking, but gorgeous reward at the end.