God's Thumb Trail

MODERATE 117 reviews

God's Thumb Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln City, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
278 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

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. Trail- This is a game trail that people have walked on until it resembled more of an actual trail. 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.

hiking
2 days ago

Very muddy in winter! The last bit of the trail you have to scramble, it's very steep. The views are incredible and it's worth it!

The gate on he left side has chains on it and a no trespassing sign on it. Couldn't access the trail.

hiking
16 days ago

Before you begin make sure you start at the gate to the left. There is a house just to the left of the gate. Walk around the gate on the right side in between the wood posts.

You will take a short walk up the hill. For an easier adventure remember to KEEP LEFT on the trail head. You have a choice along the trail head at a fork. If you choose Right then you will trek a steeper trail and if it is wet then it will be difficult. I would encourage the Left trail because it was traveled more and was a flatter trail which made it more enjoyable.

Wear good hiking shoes, if it’s wet be prepared to slip and get muddy and Bring a camera because the views are Gorgeous.

Enjoy your hike.

Oh and if you are looking to propose to your girlfriend-this is a great location....She said “Yes!”

hiking
17 days ago

finding the trail head was hard but definitely worth it. There are tons of no parking and no trespassing signs that make it confusing. Also, no parking close, be prepared to walk a bit. easy hike, even getting to the top of god's thumb. make sure you have good traction on your shoes though.

1 month ago

Overgrown but worth it! Hardest part was finding where to park without worrying about getting a ticket!

1 month ago

Great trail but be ready for a steep climb at the end of the trail where gods thumb is at.

hiking
2 months ago

Muddy in the rainy winter, but still a great hike with amazing views. Just wear footwear with good tread. Fun short hike.

2 months ago

Great short hike. Wear good shoes as it is a bit muddy, especially coming back down. If you have a dog be sure to use a leash as u reach the top. It's a looong way down the other side. Great view!!

hiking
2 months ago

Strange entrance (climbing over a gate) and hiking on a private drive for the beginning of the hike, but overall once you get to the trailhead, the trail is maintained nice with great views. Get ready to gain elevation quickly.

2 months ago

Easy hike. Hiked with a 5 month old puppy. Wave action was great today. Good hike for any skill level

3 months ago

It’s totally worth it and it’s beautiful. It’s kinda sketchy at the start of the trail because it starts on private property and there’s no signs so show where it starts. But once you find it it’s beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

Relatively easy until the straight uphill hike up gods thumb. Good view though, and I enjoyed sitting for a snack up there. Parking is a bit confusing though!

hiking
4 months ago

Great views of the Coastline

4 months ago

I am back and the sun is shining. Brilliant.

4 months ago

Sitting at the top of the thumb as I write this. Shrouded in fog and I can't even see the Pacific, but I can hear it roar. Amazing up here.

4 months ago

The trail is hard to find but well worth it. There will be a no trespassing sign and a gate, go to the gate to the left of it. This is a vehicle trail to a residence but right before then is the trail head. Without this we never would have found it so thank you everyone and hope this helps. One of the better hikes I've ever been on!

backpacking
4 months ago

Love it!

hiking
4 months ago

Good trail through the woods (follow the path to the right off the gravel road). This trail has a strong finish at the edge of the coast where you can hike up "God's Thumb" for some sweet views and drone footage. It was about a 1.5 hour hike for my girlfriend and I in August.

hiking
4 months ago

Quite the climb, but awesome views!!!!

hiking
5 months ago

It's a fun trek through the woods leading to a beautiful vista. As others have mentioned, you must park down the hill from the dead end, and then you access the trailhead by walking down the western-most road with a large gate. The trail itself is fairly rugged, with many rocks and roots to maneuver around, but it's not difficult. Climbing the actual thumb isn't difficult either, as there are plenty of footholds. Coming back down isn't much of a challenge, provided you look where you step. HOWEVER, be aware that if you attempt this hike on a wet day, coming back down God's Thumb might prove to be a royal pain, as it has the potential to become incredibly slick.

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