John Dellenback Trail

MODERATE 50 reviews

John Dellenback Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lakeside, 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.

5.5 miles
311 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



partially paved


wild flowers


5 months ago

Love this gorgeous place. We hiked to the beach with the pup. Broad expanses, sand formations, shadows from the drifting fog. Followed the trail markers on the way out, on the way back took the high dunes. Peaceful adventuring in an amazing location. Will be back.

6 months ago

Lots of sand. Best in morning.

7 months ago

Loved the views. Marker on trail in disrepair. Notice should be posted when trail to ocean flooded.

10 months ago

This trail is a great coastal trail because it goes thru several different environments (forest, dunes, beach). It is well marked, but very wet towards the last wooded area before the beach. Many puddles were 4-6 inches deep and unavoidable.

10 months ago

I hiked the trail on a moody February day after a light snowfall over the dunes; that made for a very interesting, if unusual, experience.
There are four distinct sections on that trail. The first section (about .4 miles) starts from the parking lot and meanders through a forested area before reaching the dunes. It is part of an "Interpretive loop" that circles around the Eel Creek campground.

The second section (1.5 miles) is the crossing of the dunes. No "trail" to speak of here and a little loitering around is a good way to experience the diversity of the dunescape (climb the top of large ones, go around pools of water, circle "witches eyes, etc.). Wooden poles are placed at more stable spots (small hills anchored by grass) to give the general direction toward beach access. Take time to locate them as they may be far apart in some spots.

The third section (.5 miles) is the crossing of the band of trees and brushes that separate the sand dunes from the beach. It is not easy to find the "entrance" to the path; use GPS, keep an eye for the wooden poles with the blue band, walk a bit north or south from where the entrance "should be". On the february day of my hike, several parts of the path were under water (up to a foot) and I had no choice but to wade through these pools. The second half of the crossing was better as a planks pathway provided an elevated route through the marshy area.

The fourth and last section is the beach which I decided to follow south all the way to the Tenmile Creek estuary (2 miles / 4 round trip). As always on a beach walk, be aware of tides and rogue waves.

This is a truly great trail; you can tailor it to your stamina and time allowance to make it the best experience for you.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

a fantastic trail that allows many paths through the dunes. The views are amazing!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

After trail enters dunes, difficult walking due to loose sand. Need to be in good shape to make the entire distance. Part of trail through low vegative area where walking is easier. At one time and possibly current, one of the best examples of a "witch's eye" about 1/4 of the way out. That is a large cone like depression with slopes near 33 degrees all around. Don't worry - safe (sand has acheived max angle of repose) but will be alarming to those who have never seen this phenomenon before. Side in shadow appears vertical although it is not.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Absolutely loved this trail wasn't hardly any people when we went which was nice.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

I have yet to attempt hiking to the beach from this trailhead. However, this is one of my FAVORITE HIKES WITH KIDS IN THE AREA. The trailhead has shaded parking, picnic tables and toilets. The initial portion of the trail is a short loop (about a mile). There is a creek crossing, views of a pond, native vegetation and a few informative plaques about the dunes on the southern portion of the loop. Half way around the loop opens onto the dunes. It's relatively sheltered from the wind and a great place to let the kids kick off their shoes and run wild for a while. Hike up to the top of the large dune for some fantastic views before heading back around the loop to the trailhead. I'd recommend packing sunscreen, water and a snack and planning about 2 hours for this great little outing.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Love this place and I go a few times a month.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

We did not walk to the ocean due to time of day. However we walked the dunes and it was a great experience. The dunes are large and footing on the sand can be challenging at times but worth the effort

Monday, May 08, 2017

awsome views lots dune hikeing take your time soak it all in. will be hikeing it again soon

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Great view! Good workout in sand.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

We did this hike on Christmas day. It was lovely. Unfortunately the last part of the trail leading through the coastal forest to the beach was flooded and inaccessible. But for me it was the beautiful dune scenery that made this hike special.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Great hike so glad we decided to go all the way to the beach. 5 miles round trip and just follow the markers. We spotted some coyote prints in the sand neat! I would definitely do this again.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Couldn't take our dog on most of the trail because of the dunes. Part of trail goes through back of campgrounds.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I loved this trail! You get a little Forrest, sand dune hiking and the Ocean. The terrain is not for someone unsteady on their feet. The dunes are clearly marked with posts and it takes you right to the ocean. This trail offers great photo opportunities and a pretty decent workout.

Friday, July 15, 2016

we did not.get to hike the dunes because of our dog, so we cannot really say... the rest of the hike is pretty basic.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Amazing hike! The trail posts are well spaced out to keep track of the trail across the sand. Once you're out amongst the dunes, it's worth it. The last part of the hike to the beach is through a grove of trees, so you get a bit of everything. Keep in mind the majority of the trail is sand with varying degrees of firmness. It is not ideal for those accustomed to well groomed or paved paths.

Friday, July 01, 2016

I liked part of this trail, the difficulty after breaking an ankle is I can not walk on dunes and had to back track. also I think the trial is poorly marked. very confusing once you hit the campground. the first 1/4 mile is nice. I walk to the campground, around the campground loop, and back to my car with the dogs. that part is easy.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

great hike has a mix of every kind of beauty

Friday, June 21, 2013

If it is not Summer, be prepared for quicksand, hail, flooded trails and a fun adventure. If the weather is nice, the trail marker posts are easy to find and if the tide is low, the beach is great!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

I've hiked here many times. It's easier in the winter as the rain makes the sand hard. Beautiful wide-open views to the ocean. Stick with the markers if you want a trail through the deflation plain and expect the trail to be over-the-top-of-your-shoes filled with water. This area often has interesting wind-sculptures. You will probably have the beach to yourself if you make it that far. I would not do this hike in rain or extreme wind. It's five miles out and back.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

This is a great trail if you really want to consider the vastness of the Oregon dunes. Trailhead is easy to find and access, half mile or so of dunal forest, which is a nice warmup to the immense and seemingly endless dunes you reach after a short ascent up fairly soft sand. You can make this into a short mile loop with a view, or you can venture out onto the dunes for literally hours. The trail eventually leads to the beach, but we haven't ventured that far yet --- it is probably 5 to 6 miles but will seem longer since you have to walk over dunes for some length of time. Highly recommended for kids, but remind them of the distances -- that section of trees over there could be much further than you think! Great fun on a cool, sunny day.

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