South Trail

MODERATE 46 reviews

South Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cloverdale, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
780 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

Return route for South Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful beach at the bottom with sandy beach and tide pools. Great views. Lots of roots and switchbacks.

hiking
3 months ago

lots roots to navigate. down was easy coming back up a little difficult it took 41 minutes

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike down. Only saw one other group on the trail when I went on a Saturday in January. It was muddy, but that is expected on a hike in winter in Oregon. Be sure to pace yourself. It’s easy to zoom on down and walk a couple of miles down the beach before you remember you have to the the switchbacks back up :)

hiking
10 months ago

A pretty tough trail coming straight back up from the beach, but it wasn't very busy and it was a nice beach.

hiking
11 months ago

Check the tide schedules and approach this trail toward low tide for the best experience. I hiked the Cape Lookout trail first (approx 1:15) so that I could come back to this one for a swim break. It was the most refreshing invigorating thing I've ever had the pleasure of doing mid-hike. Low tide leaves many tide pools and wildlife on the beach. The views are spectacular! Also had a very close encounter with deer on the way back up.
The steep grades can be hard on the knees going down and tough on the stamina going up. Pace yourself for your fitness level.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

The vistas were not as dramatic as the cape trail, but for awhile we were the only folks on the beautiful beach that is this hike's destination. This beautiful short hike is memorable for the way it takes one into what seems like another world.

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

It was busy at noon on a Friday, but that didn't hinder our experience. Its a 800 ft hike up switchbacks on the way back though, which I would've preferred to start with and then go back down, but thats obviously not an option when you're hiking to a beach. Be careful with your ankles on the roots! Pup pulled me over a couple of them...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

One of the most crowded places you could ever find. Parking lot full at 9 am Thursday morning. "Moderately Trafficked" is ultra false.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Hike was well worth the secluded beach. Kids loved it!

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Beautiful trail, a bit muddy in some spots.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Great hike today. Hard on knees going down hill, and a good workout coming back up. Took us 70 minutes each way. Wonderful beach with tide pools at bottom.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Beautiful lush forest ending with an amazing beach. We saw a bald eagle over looking the beach. Hike up hill is challenging if you are not in pretty good shape.

Monday, May 22, 2017

I enjoyed this nifty trail. It's all downhill for the first leg, which brings you to the beach. The ocean waves call your name the whole way down. Then you have a somewhat challenging uphill climb back to the parking lot.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stunning views of the ocean! Still a little muddy in spots and a little more difficult than I anticipated but a very pretty hike. The trail ends at a beautiful secluded beach with very few people on it.

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Beautiful day while having the beach to ourselves. The trail was really muddy but worth it.

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The payoff on this hike is pretty fantastic. We had a beautiful day today and made it down quickly to the beach. We did plenty of walking and running along the beach and had racked up 6 miles by the time we marched back up to the trailhead. Trail is in good condition, but I doubt it ever completely dries out, so be ready for some mud and wet roots/rocks. Footwear with good traction is a real plus on this one.

walking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

fun trail, roots & switchbacks, it was hot in tillamook but nice cool & misty on this trail.

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

A good hike down the the beach, lots of cutbacks. Wouldn't call the moderate not easy, only for the return hike back up ;)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Muddy in spots but saw some gray whales. Great views of the coastline as well.

hiking
Monday, July 21, 2014

A great little trail. The map associated with this trail is the correct area but the wrong trail. This trail begins at the same location as the map indicates but immediately begins to switch back all the way down to the beach for 1.8 miles. The cove at the end of the trail is beautiful and worth the hike.

hiking
Sunday, July 15, 2012

This is the first leg of the trail, to return just head back on the same trail. The actual elevation change is approximately 846 feet. The views are great and well worth a look.

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