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God's Thumb via The Knoll is a 4.3 mile heavily 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 1,131 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Beach Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Muddy Rocky
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Getting There

PLEASE NOTE: Parking for this trail was recently moved to NE Devils Lake Blvd. The map on this page starts from this new parking area. The trail will take you to a basalt formation known as God's Thumb. Take in the spectacular views at the top of the Salmon River and Cascade Head and return along the same trail back to the parking lot. Use caution as there have been multiple slips with injuries on the trail.

You can also park at the Knoll Open Space Trailhead, located at parking area on NE Devils Lake Blvd. From the Northern end of Lincoln City on Hwy 101, turn west onto Devils Lake Blvd ( last stoplight on 101 north Lincoln City ). Continue west to dead end at trailhead.

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Completed (2009)
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Kennedy Hines
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They werent joking about it being muddy.. you’ll be slipping & sliding everywhere but it was soooo fun!!

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John Taboada
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Jessica Flanagan
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Taylor O'Brien
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Very muddy, but not too bad of a hike. Initial elevation gain is significant but the gravel makes it easier to manage. Didn't make it all the way up the thumb given how muddy it was, but great views.

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Kristen May
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Very pretty but very muddy and treacherous at the “thumb” to get down, we had to turn around at one point. Lots of downed trees so you’ll have to bushwack to get past them a little so having the trail map downloaded is super helpful! Otherwise gorgeous!

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Sara Matthews
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Paul Krane
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robert toole
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good

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Joe Kenyon
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Did this trail with my 4 dogs on a Wednesday evening! Amazing forest full of mushrooms, moss, and other amazing critters. This trail was awesome. It had just rained so it was slippery in places but I may just come back tomorrow with different tread shoes! Would totally do it again, bring snacks for a picnic at the spot!

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Olga Ivanishchuk
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We hiked the loop about midday. Got caught in a rainstorm, but it passed pretty quickly so we were about to get to the lookout. Because of the recent rains, the ground was extremely muddy, so no one was able to make it on to the actual knoll and turned around. However, the view was still great. Highly recommend doing this one on a week where it’s projected to be a little more dry with the hopes that the mud won’t be as bad.

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Stefanie Foster
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Gorgeous view at the thumb but the ridge to get to it from the knoll side was a pure mudslide after rain this morning

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Caitlin Bonnar
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HikingMuddyPrivate property

We went right after it had rained and it was really muddy and slippery, so highly recommend shoes/boots with good traction, especially if you’re going to go up God’s Thumb. There were about 5 downed trees in the path that we had to go around or climb over. Overall some great views and a beautiful hike though.

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Rebecca K
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HikingMuddy

The view is worth the hike - incline is a bit steep in the beginning but gets easier along the way. A bit muddy today, so there was some sliding around but overall a great hike.

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The Beards
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Dope

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Lisa Fischer
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Absolutely amazing!!

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Angela Long
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Beautiful views, busy trail. You have to walk on the road for part of the trail.

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Garrett Felipe
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HikingBlowdown

It was a good trail with some decent inclines. During the hike, there was still some debris from a recent windstorm that caused a few trees to fall across the path making it difficult to complete the hike. I’m sure the bee would have been great if it wasn’t for the typical dog.

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Thomas Hall
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Well maintained with an amazing payoff.

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Anthony Tarter
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Great! It was tough to find the trail but once I did the hike was great.

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Anika K
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Highly recommend following the Alltrails map- we took the wrong path a few times and added a little mileage! This is a nice trail especially considering it's a coastal hike- some fairly challenging incline. We did see some people opt not to climb the thumb because of the narrow path up, and it was also a very blustery day. Also- there were a few downed trees on the path that we did have to get over or around.

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Yuliya Nikiforets
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HikingMuddyPrivate property

Did the trail using the old path which is now apparently private property. Only a small portion of the trail seemed to be private property, signs posted and everything, so beware. When you just barely see the house, pay attention to the two right turns into the forest, take either of them. We parked at Roads End State Recreation Area to avoid bothering neighbors and getting towed. It worked great and allowed us to walk along the beach to get back to our car. Another option is to just walk the road. Park closer to the trail at your own risk.

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Richard Wooten
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Great trail , some steep inclines going in , nice view of the Pacific at the knoll

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Jazzmin Helms
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HOLY INCLINE - if you use the directions from this app it will add easily another mile of some intense incline. I hike often & I made it up in an hour, but I was drenched! You can park closer & cut some of that out, but you have to search for it. The view is incredible. Four stars only because the hike itself felt more like you were just walking on a road than the forest (that’s just preference). Also, there are quite a few fallen trees that you have to climb over, under, or around. Something to keep in mind!

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Cassondra Takas
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Aminta Hall
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Beautiful hike, but oh my goodness hello steepness - but way worth it. The views are incredible both at the knoll and gods thumb

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Suhyun Jo
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Jan Hoshaw
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Nice hike but super foggy. Wet and slippery in spots.

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Karen Globe
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Very nice but no view on the day e we went

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