Steam Donkey Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Seaside, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November.

Length0.9 miElevation gain131 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestRiverViewsWildlifeHistoric site
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An easy walk starting at the Sunset Rest Area, is a great way to stretch the legs on the way to the beach from Portland. The trail is a figure eight, with a shorter loop (Springboard Loop) that can be done without adding the larger loop (Dooley Spur Loop). Part of the Dooley Spur Loop follow an old railroad grade, but there are no structures to see.

Bathrooms with running water are located at the Sunset Rest Area. There is abundant parking in the paved parking lot and there is no fee to park. There is poor to no cell phone service at the Sunset Rest Area.

Located at the Sunset Rest Area right off of Highway 26. Trailhead is on the north part of the parking lot by the river and bridge.

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D K
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Jason Smith
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A quick and enjoyable hike in the snow!

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Hunter Hanna
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WalkingGreat!

Short, but beautiful trail. Some road noise, but that's to be expected as it's right off 26 and next to the Sunset Highway.

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Patrick W.
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A quick walk on a quiet, well maintained trail. Walking along the creek is a bonus. Since the trailhead is at a rest stop there's also picnic benches and restrooms.

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PhLo M
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Great trail for a rest stop adventure. Late morning sunlight through the trees for great photos. Picnic tables and creek access.

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Arielle Nelson
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Beautiful trail! It was perfect as a rest stop to stretch our legs. We stumbled upon it when we were at the rest stop. It’s gorgeous and it was easy enough for my older kiddo and my mother who was carrying the baby! Definitely would love to stop by again.

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Marit Hayden
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Very easy short trail. The parking is convenient and trail is easy to find. It’s very pretty but you can hear road noise.

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Dan Scott
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This is a perfect trail for stretching your legs. It is located at a rest stop with bathrooms and picnic tables. The trail consists of of 2 connected loops, a 0.3 and 0.5 loops. The first Loop is flat and easy for all ages/ability including elderly. The 2nd (back) Loop is less maintained but still easy. Overall this is a great stop with beautiful standard forest scenery. I will recommend it to family traveling from Portland to the coast.

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Amanda Thrasher
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Nice little loop at a rest area! Perfect quick stop if you are on a long drive.

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Linda Pina
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A beautiful little trail to hit real quick if you’re taking a break at the rest stop.

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Marlene Ascencio
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good,short hike off the rest stop.

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Nicole Ruiz
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Great trail to walk with the dogs , it was just too short for our liking ! But everything was beautiful !

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Tim Kruth
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Enjoyed the trail in December. Nice way to warm up from a cool car ride.

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Bethany D
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Mandy Williams
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Tanya.Stef Daniel
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Shannon Peterson
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Keenan Stoic
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Chris Fowler
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Effie Anne
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Mark Parham
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Mark Parham
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Anna Anderson
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Bogdan Shepard
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Crystal Wiley
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Susan Altman
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Holly Gilbert
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Chadwick Wahinekapu
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Marlene Ascencio
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