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John Dellenback Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lakeside, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 308 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

beach

forest

views

wildlife

The beach is closed March - September to dogs and ATVs Follow the trail to the dunes and then follow the poles, painted blue at the top, since there’s no “trail” in the sand, to the ocean. It is easy to navigate.

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fee
1 day ago

This is an amazing trail with great views. It I not an easy hike, you are going up and down tall sand dunes but it’s a great work out!!

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fee
no shade
4 days ago

Keep right at the first fork to stay in the trees. Hike up the dunes to stay along the ridge, the sand is firmer and the views are better! Definitely recommend coming back on the same path, as the alternate route from the dunes to the parking lot is just loose sand with less shade. Amazing wildlife diversity along the trail!

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5 days ago

Great hike with forest, dunes, and the beach. The dunes are no joke but this is what makes it a moderate hike. Took us an hour each way. We had the beach to ourselves for a nice break. Did this one without the dogs due to restrictions.

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13 days ago

Awesome hike and with beautiful views!!! So many different landscapes on one hike. Such a great time

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22 days ago

(To be clear this hike is currently open, just the beach is closed March - September to dogs and ATVs) Well maintained trail through beautiful lush woods that leads to a vast stretch sand dunes. Truly surreal space to wander through for hours, however if you'd like to keep to the "path" look for the wooden posts that lead to the beach. Go early morning for a peaceful hike before the winds and ATV sounds hit.

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25 days ago

Beautiful hike to beach through a wooded area then huge sand dunes then another wooded area.. the beach is your prize. Went in the morning - hardly any wind..

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muddy
4 months ago

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blowdown
5 months ago

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6 months ago

Beautiful and easy hike. However, we live at a high elevation, so sea level seems easy . The ecosystems from rainforest to dune to Oceanside are incredible. Weather was sunny, no wind, just perfect. The trail markers are large posts with a blue stripe. They helped to guide us as we explored the vastness if the dunes. Enjoy!

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7 months ago

Great trail with lots of diversity. I like staying to the left of trail on the dune Ridgeline as the sand is harder packed.

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fee
7 months ago

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10 months ago

Fantastic Hike on an overcast warm day!! Follow the trail to the dunes and then follow the posts to the ocean! It took us 2hrs and 20 min.

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10 months ago

Too dry, not marked, didn’t like it at all

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10 months ago

nice

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Wed May 29 2019

We hiked this on Wednesday 5/29/19 under sunny skies and mid-70 F temps. We started around 10am. There were 2 other people on the trail in front of us and we passed 4 more on the way back. Truly a secluded experience. The first mile of the trail is through trees and is somewhat shaded. At the first fork continue straight. The left trail is the return trail and leads you to dry sandy trail through dunes while the right fork leads through a compacted dirt path through the woods and rhododendrons. After coming out of the woods you’re confronted with a vast expanse of dunes in front of you or you can turn left, skirt the dunes, and complete the short loop back to the TH. We went straight into the dunes. The next 2 miles or so are across sand and the trail is whatever you make of it. You follow posts In the sand that are about 4 feet tall with a blue painted stripe around the top. Maybe 100 yards between posts? My buddy and I ascended the tallest dune on the left of the “trail” and hiked along the ridge until we hit the wooded section buffering the ocean and the dunes. My wife and friend walked the “trough” from post to post. The ridge was very windy but the sand firm and the views outstanding. The swales and ridges were really cool and it would’ve been a lot better at sunrise/sunset to see the shadows, but it was around 11am when we hit this section and the ridges were harder to see. Down in the “trough” where my wife was the sand was a little softer and the elevation changes more numerous. If you’ve hiked on dry sand at a beach, you’ll know what it’s like. For that reason I recommend hiking along the ridge. Once you hit the tree line, you make a 90 degree turn to the right for about a 1/4 mile. Looks like they detoured the trail from what I had seen previously recorded on this app. The last stretch of trail to the ocean was muddy in spots with some standing water but we were able to navigate around them with no problems. The beach was desolate and secluded with the only life in sight being the 2 hikers in front of us, sea birds, and vegetation. After a snack we returned the way we came but once back across the dunes you enter a different wooded section to complete the nature trail loop hike. I do not recommend completing the loop since you’re hiking in dry sand for most of the remaining section of the loop. Dry sand that was worse than anything on the 2 mile dune traverse. Just return the way you came when you first started the hike. I absolutely loved this hike, my wife didn’t. We live on the east coast and frequent N.C. beaches annually so walking in sand is not unique. Walking on top of 200 foot sand dunes is though. Had the weather been hotter or no wind, this could’ve been like walking through a desert but it was windy and cool enough to be enjoyable. Definitely a different type of hike than one normally would experience.

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Fri May 24 2019

This was such a cool hike. The sand dunes were so unique. You have to follow the poles, painted blue at the top, since there’s no “trail” in the sand, but it was easy to navigate. The last mile through the vegetation to the beach was a little overgrown and wet, but passable. I was glad I was wearing long pants. It was worth going all the way to the beach for the variety. I highly recommend this hike!

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Tue May 14 2019

The trail starts in a forest and leads you for about a mile through a wooded area edited opening up into the Oregon Dunes. From there, one can take a walk through the dunes towards the ocean and find some shade in small tree-lined oases. The hike through the sand dunes is an experience unlike any other hike, and climbing the high dunes provides a good cardiovascular exercise especially if you run up the hills. The trail is not in the Tugman State Park but is part of the National Forest Service-maintained Oregon National Dunes Recreational Area, which requires a day pass ($5 per car and day) different from the Oregon State Park Pass; the NW Forest Pass and the National Park Pass are accepted.

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muddy
Tue Apr 30 2019

Thu Mar 14 2019

Beautiful dunes walk, just keep.an eye out for the posts.marking the way. The last portion of trail had standing water of 6inches or more so did not complete. Bring waterproof shoes or anticipate we feet. There is a sign noting no dogs on the beach from roughly March-Sept ( I think)

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Tue Jan 22 2019

Quick one mile hike if you just walk the loop. We walked a bit further to the top of the dunes and there was a great view of the ocean.

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Sat Oct 20 2018

Gorgeous views of the dunes, beach, and coastal foliage.

Mon Jul 30 2018

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.

Sun Jun 24 2018

Lots of sand. Best in morning.

Sun May 27 2018

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

Thu Mar 08 2018

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.

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Wed Feb 21 2018

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.

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Thu Oct 26 2017

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

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Sun Jul 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.

Sat Jul 08 2017

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

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