Bayocean Peninsula

EASY 36 reviews

Bayocean Peninsula is a 7.5 mile loop trail located near Tillamook, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
91 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

beach

lake

views

wildlife

This hike on Tillamook Spit can take you all day - but you'll see lots of different habitat while you're there. Starting off at the parking lot, you'll pass through bulrush tidal flats. The bulrushes and other plants that grow here are incredibly productive, able to hold together a loose, sandy sediment with masses of roots. Look offshore in the bay for crab boats and other fishermen. As you head out onto the end of the spit, the scenery changes from the tidal flats and inner Tillamook Bay to a sandy, wave scoured point. Indeed, the jetty at the end of the spit keeps the sand from closing off the shipping channel during large storms. Heading back on the ocean side of the spit, you'll see the typical flat Pacific Northwest beach, able to take the huge waves of winter. Finally, after cutting back across the dunes to the road, you'll come back on the high side of the dike and find a freshwater pond, Cape Meares Lake. The area surrounding this pond is frequented by elk coming down from the hills to feast on tidal flat grasses.

hiking
1 day ago

I hiked this with my husband and my three-year-old dog in August. It was an easy hike, and flat. We chose to start the loop on the bay side. The first 3.5 miles along the bay were on a gravel road. In hot weather this would be difficult for dogs. About the last mile of the gravel road our dog was seeking shade. The rocks were also a little sharp for her paws. She managed. The bay side of the walk was comfortably warm. The ocean side was windy and we used our sweatshirts and wind breakers. The last 4 miles were on the beach and most of the time we were the only ones on the beach. Toward the end we saw a few people. It was beautiful and I would recommend this hike. I’d say it’s more like a long walk (8 miles for us). Bring a lunch and rest on the beach for a bit!

mountain biking
11 days ago

This is a nice easy trail to bike on with the family. About half the trail is packed but the second half is sandy beach. We returned the same way we came up to the point. Not a lot of folks on the trail.

13 days ago

Nice trail on beach without lots of people.

hiking
1 month ago

Mom and I did this loop hike for the first time in 2011. It was very enjoyable and not difficult at all due to no elevation change. It was perfect weather for us. The scenery on each side of the "spit" is varied and beautiful. The bay is to the east and the ocean to the west. We saw some crabbers doing their business in the shallow bay, and there were pelicans in flight.

1 month ago

Excellent trail but watch out for sunburn!

hiking
2 months ago

Great mix of scenery along the bayside and finishing on the beach side. Dogs loved it :)

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful day hike with beautiful views. Recommend starting on east side of the trail and ending the hike on the beach side.

hiking
4 months ago

We hiked this day before yesterday. The weather was perfect for it. I had never heard of this place before and it really was a great combination of scenery for one hike. We started on the ocean and walked all the way up to the jetty. Google maps makes it look like there is a road that goes out onto the jetty which we had planned on walking out on, but there isn't a road there and we didn't feel like navigating the rocks. Then we continued back walking alongside the bay. The road is very rocky which isn't as pleasant on the feet after the nice beach walk but the view was really nice. If we do it again, I think I would go in the reverse order and start off along the bay and finish with the beach portion. We had our 7 year old with us and he did great, not getting very tired until the last mile or so.

hiking
6 months ago

We found this on a day in February with amazing weather. We did the whole thing and it took the afternoon. Bring a snack and enjoy the ocean, the rocks, and the bay.

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Very fun area to explore! On one side you have the beach and Ocean, in the middle steep hills, thick with trees, and on the other Tillamoook bay with trails all around the spit. Great spot to have some fun for the day!

walking
Thursday, May 04, 2017

First time here. The day was cloudy, dark & misty and we loved this walk. There was the main path and several side paths that take you over the dunes to the ocean.

Scenery was beautiful and we took many photos. Will definitely go again.

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

It's a wonderful trail. you can walk it, run it, hike it or just sit and enjoy the view. this is a gem of a trail. Bay view on the east side and Sandy beach on the west side. we were able to catch a herd of elk that had walked down the beach and we feasting on the grass on the hilly section. a true treat and we'll worth the time. Gorgeous views all around.

road biking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

It's a fun ride and the views are awesome.

hiking
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Super easy to do. We took a large group(about 15 people) of differing skills on this trek and it was a glorious way to spend a saturday.

mountain biking
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Easy!! Slow! And beautiful!

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