God's Thumb Trail

MODERATE 79 reviews

God's Thumb Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln City, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
793 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

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.

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11 hours 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
1 day ago

Quite the climb, but awesome views!!!!

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4 days ago

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9 days ago

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11 days 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.

14 days ago

You have to trespass to get to trail. Discouraged by neighbors to even attempt.

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16 days ago

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17 days ago

The views from the top were absolutely beautiful. The trail itself was fairly overgrown though. The trail wasn't very well graded and could be hazardous for young children.

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18 days ago

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21 days ago

Very nice hike with great views from the top. There was no sign for the trail head and there is no parking at the end of the street. You need to park a ways up the street before you get there and walk to the end of the street. The hike starts on a private road that is fenced then it looks like a Deerpath going off to the right.

22 days ago

Great views!

hiking
22 days ago

Payoff is great! Steep ascent to the top of the "Thumb", but easier than it looks.

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23 days ago

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24 days ago

Well worth the steep hill side at the end! A clear day made it even more spectacular! Hillside has imprinted grooves for feet, but I can imagine on a wet day it could be really slippery. Dirt was slippery too, dry, as I slipped. I'm a very timid hiker and this was enjoyable and gave me a sweat. Gods thumb is beautiful!

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25 days ago

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25 days ago

the thumb part of the hike was very steep (we all had to slide on our butts to get down) but the end view was amazing!!

hiking
26 days ago

Previous reviews was the only reason my family and I were able to find the trail. There’s no trailhead markers and zero signage along the way. When you’re at the dead end and you’re faced with no parking signs the entire cul-de-sac ending, look to the left, (west), and you’ll see a large metal gate across the “road”. That’s the trailhead. I found street parking about 500yards south.
Very early on the trail we miss took a side trail for the actual trail which was a very steep incline and made it much more difficult. if you stay on the very wide road looking trail then you’re on the right path.
overall super easy track and breathtaking views at a couple points along the trail. The real adventure is when you get to the meadow and then stare up ahead at the hill that Jets up at a super steep angle.
The steps up the side are fairly worn in and it actually sometimes makes it even more difficult than the angle of the hill itself. When you’re on top it’s amazing and absolutely beautiful. on the northern side it’s a nice 500 to 600 foot drop straight down to the beach. there’s plenty of room up on top even if you have a medium size group.
The hardest part of the entire hike was coming down the face of Gods thumb that was a crazy adventure with the baby strapped on a back back.
it’s a really cool trail and we’re looking forward to doing it again because it’s that much fun.

hiking
26 days ago