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Natural Bridges Cove: North Island Viewpoint (China Beach) Trail

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Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

Natural Bridges Cove: North Island Viewpoint (China Beach) Trail is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Brookings, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.5 mi Elevation gain 154 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Beach

Views

Wild flowers

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Reviews (160)
Photos (43)
Recordings (86)
Completed (404)
Jodi G.
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Hiking

Fantastic trail with beautiful views the hallway. There are lots of social trails here and there so it’s very confusing what trails to take. We did not really care. They all took us to beautiful places. This trail took us not to the natural arches that you see from the view. But to a cove just north of those arches. We then backtracked and went on a different trail that took us right out onto the top of the arch. This was quite steep in parts and we would’ve benefited from hiking poles well heading down.

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Clisby White
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Seems there are several ways to get down to the bridge. If you initially go left from the parking area it's a small trail off to the right that is pretty steep. it will take you down but you have a pretty good climb over a narrow rock so make sure you are brave or in good shape or both. Several people turned back that I saw which was good cause I had the whole area to myself. On the way back up I discovered another trail that was much easier to follow and in better condition. I'd say if you want to go down to the arch look for a trail off to the right from the parking area. Probably a good bit easier and safer.

Tara Johnson
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Hiking
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Joshua Thorpe
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Hiking

Great view, nice arch, very steep. Watch your step, or you could fall.

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Vy Giap
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HikingOver grown

CONFUSING! There are two trails and they’re not clearly demoted to have two trailheads. One gives you a view of the arch - don’t go further than the observation deck if you want to see the arch/bridge. The trailhead you want is on the right side of the parking lot (when you pull straight in). We went on a foggy day and you couldn’t see a thing. There gets to be a level of fog that makes the trek not worth it.

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Cynthia H.
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HikingOver grown

Beautiful views but not clearly marked

AllTrails User
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Hiking

Short and steep, so many shortcuts but view is breathtaking!

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Jamison Kline
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Hiking

Pretty awesome and secluded trail. The views from on top of the natural bridges are phenomenal. Probably not a trail for everyone since it’s extremely narrow and elevated.

Saidie Rasberry
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Hiking

If you’re in this for the iconic photos- this isn’t the trailhead to tackle. This will land you approaching the bridges directly- so although you’re up close and personal- you’re not capturing that lateral view photo that you see... this trailhead isn’t necessarily marked, and there are multiple ways to get through. I recommend taking the first “trail” opening you come to when stepping off the viewpoint deck. It’ll be on your right... appears narrow but that’s your one! Be ready to climb over some logs and take your time as it is steep! We did not access the bridge itself, but we didn’t capture some awesome footage from the ledge!

Kaili Hardy
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HikingOver grown

This does not get you to the Bridges. Nor a particular view... try the south side of the lookout deck.

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Beck Lee Untalasco
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Hiking

This is a short trail but it is steep. Take it slow and watch your step. Once you get to the end, enjoy the view!

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Kevin Do
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Hiking

I accidentally dropped my red mavic air drone out my pocket on this trail, if you find it could you please email me at kevind0501@gmail.com. I greatly appreciate it. Great trail though, amazing views at the end!

Anna Czapski
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Hiking

Short but steep walk down. beautiful spot for pictures

Emily Martin
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Hiking

I was lucky enough to have this all to myself. It was pretty windy but absolutely beautiful views 360 degrees. Make sure your shoes have traction for the way down. Can’t wait to come back.

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Dan Wagner
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Hiking

Great view from the viewpoint platform, but get on the trail and get into this one. Taking it to the beach is much more than 154', but it's a fun hike with some good cliff walking. Very slippery so wear hiking shoes.

Kate Rose
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Hiking

Very steep in some places, make sure to wear shoes with good traction. Hiking poles would likely be very helpful. I took both the trail on the left of the parking area out and back as well as the trail on the right out and back. The views are totally worth it!

Alec Dyson
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Hiking

Beautiful

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Kelly Padera
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Hiking

A nice, short, secluded hike. A bit overgrown in parts and very slick and steep in others. If you easily trip or are slightly clumsy like myself, please take your time and go slow, especially when damp/after a rainfall. I tripped on a few banana peels (tree roots) and skidded/moon walked on accident in a few places. Great views, smells and sights.

Jacquelyn OBryan
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Hiking

I had a great time with my kids

Vicki Cunningham
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Great hike! Take your trekking poles or a walking stick. Steep in places, relatively short hike. Go slow. The view was incredible. We were the only ones on the trail.

Shari Lewis
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Muddy

I did the right side trail and the left side. Trail winded me on the way back up but so worth it. The views are amazing.

Kallen Tu
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Hiking

The path as labelled on AllTrails is an easy walk. There's also further along that you can go which is extremely steep and takes you to the viewpoint between the rocks. Overall, beautiful and well worth the additional hike.

Lauren Sims
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Hiking

A lot of these reviews are filled with fear mongering which almost made me miss out on this amazing opportunity. The trail to the left is all of 10 feet to a bridge with a great view of the arches. The trail to the right is a steep trail that leads down to actually being able to walk across the arches. Be smart. Don’t do it if the trail is wet. Wear proper shoes, I never slipped wearing hiking boots. Dont take small children. Also I have asthma and forgot my inhaler and got back up to the parking lot just fine. This trail is not strenuous. Please don’t let the ridiculous comments here prevent you from experiencing it like I almost did.

Greg Petrites
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Hiking

I'm not sure what you see from the right path. The left path of paved and takes you to a wooden platform where you can see the arches just fine. Easy enough for anyone and very short walk.

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Tunee Harrington
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Hiking

Real pretty through the woods and ferns. Poison oak everywhere so beware. Easy enough until it ISN’T! I had to slide down the sketchy trail on my butt because I had bald shoe tread and no hiking sticks. If you don’t have the greatest balance you need these things so you don’t slide down and over the 150+ ft cliff. But once you get there it’s AMAZING!

Sharon Hamilton
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Hiking

Only go as far as the bridge for a safe viewing.

Rachelle Ball
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Hiking

I want to start out by saying the end result and view would be stunningly beautiful. HOWEVER, I can’t fathom how this trail is rated anything but difficult, and it is very dangerous. I attempted the trail to the right of the parking lot. It started to lead us down towards the natural bridges, but it was extremely steep and very slippery. That first steep decline would have you rolling down the trail and straight off the cliff if one were to lose their footing and take a tumble. There’s not much to be able to reach out for should that happen. It was too risky for my blood personally. I’ve seen my share of trails and this was not worth the risk continuing on. It could be that it’s heavily eroded now, and possibly not previously so treacherous. I would currently rate this as DIFFICULT.

Chris Wilson
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Hiking

Did not complete the trail because kids didn’t have hiking footwear. It was a pretty narrow trail at high elevation. Sunny but chilly afternoon, beautiful view of land bridge. Pacific is so blue.

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Nozomi Yamashita
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Hiking

We like the hike. The trail is well maintained, and safe.

Yadira Martinez
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Hiking

So if you take the trail to the left, it’s an easy hike down and beautiful views from the bridge . Literally anyone can do it. Now if you take it to the RIGHT!!! Wowza... very steep dangerous and scary but so much worth the views are INSANE !!!!!! Be very very careful!!!! You can die!!!. No kids no dogs recommended no one that’s not skilled recommended

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