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God's Thumb via The Knoll is a 4.4 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 and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 1,007 ft Route type Out & Back

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Getting There

NOTE: It has been reported that the parking lot is currently CLOSED. Please see the park's website for up to date information. PLEASE NOTE: Parking for this trail is located at the lot at Roads End State Recreation Site. To begin the trail, from the parking lot, visitors can walk to Logan Street and walk one block north to 61st Street, cross Logan Creek and follow 61st as it curves to the left. Keep straight at Spindrift and then make a right on 63rd Street. Cross Neptune Drive and walk up to the left on Port Drive, which curves along a ridge lined with residences. Turn right where Port Drive becomes gravel and keep straight at Sal La Sea Drive. You will reach a gate after the last house. The trail will take you to a basalt formation known as God's Thumb on Siuslaw National Forest land. 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.

Note: You can also park at the Knoll Open Space Trailhead, located at parking area on NE Devils Lake Blvd.

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Kelsey Roach
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Absolutely beautiful view - sunny and no clouds today, so we could see all the way down the coast! The first quarter mile is pretty steep, but after that it goes into regular ups and downs and it’s not too tiring. Definitely stop at the viewpoint - gorgeous view of the coastline! At the end at the Thumb we had the most amazing view of the coastline I’ve ever seen, it made the whole trip even more worth it! We did the loop version of this trail, taking the trail back through the meadow below the thumb instead of the ridge line, and the last part of the loop was VERY MUDDY - definitely wear boots instead of hiking sandals. A walking stick wouldn’t hurt either, as it can be fairly steep in places along the trail on either side of the loop. 10/10 will do again!

Laycee Lish
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HikingMuddy

Loved this trail! Quite a few people, and about 20% had masks. Tough climbs, but the views were spectacular. Definitely will come back!

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Kara M.
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Hiking

VERY MUDDY. Went today and it was extremely slippery and mud up past the ankles in some areas of the trail. We took the shorter of the trails so maybe the other isn’t as bad.

Geoff B
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HikingMuddy

Great views, and not so muddy if you take the longer route via the knoll. Starting from the end of Logan, it’s fairly muddy in several patches, so ideally you’d have high-top boots for that. From Logan, though, you are at the base of the Thumb in no time (it seems) compared to the route from the Knoll. Excellent views as always.

Shawna W
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Hana Rose
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Great trail! Beautiful view at the end! It should be noted that the trail that appears to lead back to the road from the view point actually goes through someone’s private property. We spoke with the man who owns the property and sadly with so many people taking this shortcut it has destroyed parts of the ecosystem here. Would definitely recommend taking this hike but would also regiment returning the way you came.

Tracy Walters
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Hiking

Easy hike, straight but mostly incline. Beautiful view at the top.

Joey Bail
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A couple idiots decided to drive their motorcycle through this trail. They were unsuccessful, so I got to hike past a few poor EMT folks carrying their heavy gear up the trail; they were following the motorcycle tracks in the mud to the wreck. The views at the end of this hike are incredible to the north. You have an amazing view of the waves crashing against the coast and cliffs off in the distance. To the south, you will get a bird's eye view of Lincoln City. I had a hard time getting started on this hike. I took a wrong turn off Sal La Sea drive (don't use the trail head on Port Drive...start at the end of Sal La Sea, where the road transcends into NE Port Drive). Once you get started, it's pretty trafficked and easy to navigate although unmarked. Unfortunately, there is a shortcut to the top of Gods Thumb, so the peak was crowded with a couple of large and inconsiderate families blasting music. There were also quite a few small children crying and whining about being scared of the height. I ranked this trail 3 stars because of the people. I would have ranked it lower, but the views compensated.

Daveena Loera
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Susie Findeisen
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Very muddy but so worth the amazing view. Very steep towards the thumb.

Amanda Scotland
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HikingMuddy

Pretty easy hike- gets a little steep and muddy in places which can make it a little slippery. Wearing hiking shoes is a must! Beautiful view of the coast.

Kory Klopp
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HikingMuddy

Great hike but was very muddy. Steep climb at the end but very much worth the effort. Not very far and beautiful view of the Oregon coast north of Lincoln City.

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Kaela Harnett
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Don McPherson II
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Anthony Perez
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HikingMuddy

Great hike and the view is amazing. A little muddy but not bad coming from the knoll.

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Jaime Thorpe
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Victoria Toline
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Andrew Kaylor
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HikingMuddy

Hiked on 6/25/20 and parked right at the trailhead at the intersection of NE Port Dr and NE Sal de la Sea Dr. The route through the knoll isn’t too muddy and is about 1.5 miles to God’s Thumb lookout. The route there is very manageable if you’re in good physical fitness. At the top it was very windy and starting to get cloudy but I think that was just the day. We took another route back that ends up at NW Logan road. This route was SUPER muddy. Kind of cool to see a different route but make sure that you have good hiking shoes for this side.

Annika Stanley
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Kourtney Robin
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only complaint is that it was crazy muddy today. other then that it was amazing, definitely worth it.

Sophia Whitsett
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HikingMuddy

Lots of up hill at the beginning. Great view at the end

Robert Bilyeu
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Noah Wilskey
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HikingMuddy

Awesome view. Amazing view... tons of awesome perspectives and pretty refreshing coastal wind. Beautiful day, but would reccomend going the 63rd street route tons of mud on the Logan road path. All and all worth it , saw a bald eagle at the top!

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Jacob Schnepper
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HikingMuddy

Great trail right next to town with a lookout over the beach. Incredible views looking out over newport beach and off toward the cliffs north. Very steep incline right away for the first half mile then it levels out some as the trees start to clear. About 3.5 miles or so from the trailhead gate thats closed. Slightly muddy but not too bad and just about bug free! Definatley reccomend this trail its one of the best coastal trails ive ever done

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Susan K.
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HikingMuddy

Probably one of my favorite hikes! The outlook is amazing!

Briean CS
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HikingMuddy

This is my second time doing this hike and it didn’t disappoint. Last time we took the “back” way, but did the normal way up and exited farther down on Logan Road. The way up wasn’t very muddy, but the way down was extremely muddy. A good pair of hiking boots are necessary and tennis shoes would’t have enough traction and would get ruined. It was a sunny, warm day and the view was spectacular.

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Kassia Brown
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Darian Philbrick
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Once you got to God’s thumb it was gorgeous views. But the amount of mud was insane and i definitely fell a couple times from it being so slippery!

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