Sunset Bay to Cape Arago is a 8.5 mile out and back trail located near Coos Bay, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

8.5 miles
702 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly




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no dogs

This hike is a beautiful coastal walk along a strip of Oregon coastline. This amazing hike starts in beautiful Sunset Bay, takes you through beautiful gardens in Shore Acres State Park, stops at a sea lion viewpoint off a road and ends with a closeup view of sea lions at Cape Arago. The return trip takes you a slightly different way for different coastal views past amazing rock formations. It is an easy afternoon and you should definitely bring a camera!

35 minutes ago

My 7 yr old grandson and I did a round trip hike from Shore Acres to Simpson Reef wayside. 3 hrs round trip. Beautiful hike.

9 days ago

What’s not to love? Crashing waves to the west and old forests to the east, you wind your way along cliffs and coastal trails to the rhythm of constantly changing vistas. The trails are quite easy and good for all age groups. Best of all, you’ll encounter only moderate pedestrian traffic while you enjoy tranquility and good exercise. Take along a day pack with water and some snacks, but please leave it clean and leave behind no litter.

Absolutely amazing trail, right out of National Geographic! Spring time, marvel at the pups sunning themselves at mid trail point. Whales can be seen year round. Trails well kept, a surprise around each bend! Benches provided to rest and for over 30 crowd, convinient stop point to apply numbing cream to knees!
Winter brings huge swells, the pacific flexes her muscles, shows us who is boss!
Very easy trail, so many distractions along the way, making it fun and healthy!

2 months ago

This is one of my all-time favorite hikes! Yesterday I hiked from Cape Arago to Sunset Bay and back. I hiked trails down to the beach twice. My FitBit showed 8.75 miles and 68 flights of stairs. It doesn’t get more beautiful than this trail! From the views of the cliffs, the sea lions and whales, the forrests and the stunning Botanical Gardens located halfway at Shore Acres.....this hike will not disappoint!!!

2 months ago

So scenic!!! Great hike

4 months ago

Great walk along the cliff’s today.

5 months ago

This is definitely one of my favorite trails I've ever been to! Park at the South parking lot of sunset bay along cape arago highway, cross over the small footbridge in the parking lot and head south! The trail isn't extremely well marked, but as long as you hug the coast line you'll be ok. If you feel lost at any time, it's pretty simple to either go towards the coast, or the road. ..I do believe at one point, you must walk along the roadside to get to the next portion, shortly in between the start of where you're almost at the gardens. We didn't even make it to cape arago park on the southern most area, although we did see the lighthouse so that part was a little confusing as well. Keep your eye out for baby seals and sea lions and their families! they almost blend right into the rocks so if you don't look carefully, you may not even see em! the garden was lovely. This whole place was gorgeous, and so is Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston, and the rest of our beautiful Oregon Coast. If you only have time for one trail in Oregon, make it this one!!

5 months ago

Did the portion of the hike that stretches from Simpson Reef to Shore Acres. It's an easy hike with spectacular views!

5 months ago

Great trail. For running it is a little rough as the trail is cluttered with tree roots.

7 months ago

We started at Sunset Bay and hiked about 2 miles towards Cape Arago before we turned around. We can’t wait to do the complete trail when we have more time. The beginning of the trail was pretty muddy at this time of year, but only the first part. The views are spectacular!

7 months ago

Easy hike with some gorgeous views along Oregon’s coastline. The trail isn’t marked well but it’s pretty self explanatory. We took the road back down to Sunset from Cape Arago due to time constraints but it was still almost 8 Miles. We saw lots of marine life as well as some panoramic vistas.

9 months ago

Beautiful trail full of Ocean and cliff side views!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Beautiful area and a great hike! However, this full trail is not dog friendly. We had to turn around halfway through because dogs are not allowed in Shore Acres State Park. Still, it was a nice 4 mile hike (out and back from Sunset Beach).

Sunday, October 01, 2017

9/30/17 • Perfect day for this hike, early Fall brought cool air, blue skies and no wind. I parked at Sunset Beach on the South parking lot, the trail head leaves from the parking lot, over a bridge and up a hill. I left at 1:00 and returned 3:30 and I did the complete trail. The trails have a lot of roots across them, be careful. I would rate this trail easy until you get the the end loop which most people probably skip but I found the most rewarding. The first 3 miles are fairly flat once you crest the top of the first hill, and follows the shoreline with great views and smells of the ocean. 3 miles in there is a sea lion viewing area and right after that you cross across the road and the trail gets steep. I had trekked most of the trails along the path but never did all of them at once. I wore one backpack and took 32 oz. of water, banana and cliff bar. Towards the end of the loop there is an old home foundation that people have went in and graffiti and I found a cache with people's names which I signed. My phone was unable to connect so keep that in mind. Thanks for reading! ✌️

Doug DeShazer

Saturday, September 30, 2017

One that was almost forgotten. Did this one with my wife on an anniversary trip 2 years ago. A beautiful area.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Beautiful loop that's mostly unpaved with amazing views of the ocean. Love this spot.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The most gorgeous hike around the bay. Panoramic views are spectacular.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The first half of the trail is by far the most incredible part. I took all day just exploring the first half of this trail. The second half, although there were sea lions, wasn't as interesting as it was mostly in the woods or alongside the road, but my opinion is biased due to my love and preference of the sea and the rocky Oregon coast.

Friday, June 30, 2017

great trail. lots to see.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Beautiful views and mostly well maintained

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Relatively flat hike, with a few small hills sprinkled in. Really nice views of the ocean, some sections have multiple trails, very few of which are marked. There are plenty of places to watch the waves and take a break, along with a nice Botanical garden just off the trail.

Monday, May 22, 2017

I loved this trail. Being from the southeastern US this trail was totally different from the trails I normally hike. Amazing views. Highly recommend. Trail was muddy in spots but no too bad.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Awesome Oregon Coast Trail! Great viewpoints along the way and easy enough for everyone to enjoy. It would be great to pack a lunch and enjoy at one of the many benches along the trail overlooking the coastline. I would definitely come back and spend some more time here at different times of the year.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

I live in North Bend and this is the best ocean walk in the area. If you only have time for one hike this is the right one.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Great way to spend time with family and enjoy the beautiful views

Monday, July 25, 2016

The most gorgeous views. I'll never get tired of being here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Easy hike with stunning views!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This trail has so much beauty. I'm one of the lucky ones who can call this area home. I hike here rain or shine in every season. You get the beauty of trees and the ever changing shore. You are sure to see sea lions, wild flowers, wild mushrooms, and much more. I recommend this hike to anyone!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Gorgeous! This trail never disappoints me!

Friday, May 20, 2016

This is a wonderful hike that's easy for most people. Combine this trial and go all the way to Cape Arago for a great half day hike. One of our favorites in Oregon.

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