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Sunset Bay to Cape Arago is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Coos Bay, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length8.5 miElevation gain702 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyFishingHikingWalkingBird watchingRunningBeachForestViewsWildlifeNo dogs
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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!

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Alex Serrao
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Lisa Goldsmith
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Margaret Ellis
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Melissa Crosby
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Foggy views and amazing, clear trail.

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Meredith Yox
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We started at Simpson Reef Overlook and headed north. Originally we had planned to head south but the map seemed to only indicate crossing the road or walking the road (which seemed unwise as there is no shoulder). Hiking the portion of the trail to Simpson Beach was fun. Lots of beautiful outlooks and photo ops. This portion of the trail is extremely narrow so be sure to bring your mask as you won’t be able to keep 6 feet of distance. As you get closer to Simpson Beach the trail widens. We enjoyed the cave and tide pools at Simpson Beach before turning around and heading back. It was about 3 miles round trip. Lots of tree roots so may be challenging for young children.

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Nicole Newton
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We hiked from Sunset Bay to Shore Acres along this trail and it was beautiful. My husband and I are not in great shape, so it’s definitely a great trail for enthusiastic beginners. The first portion starting out at Sunset Beach is pretty steep, but it quickly flattens out. We took a detour down to the beach at Norton Gulch and there is a gorgeous little waterfall down there. We had the beach to ourselves. We turned around at the botanical gardens at Shore Acres and with our detours, it was about 5 miles round trip. We went in June, after heavy rains, and there were only a few super muddy spots along the way. The trail is open and in good shape. It’s also wide enough to maintain social distancing.

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Meaghan Baker
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Maddie Baker
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Mario Almendarez
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Mae Plachetka
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Terri Ketterman
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Stunning trail, we walked from Sunset to the Sea Lion lookout. A must-do if you’re from east of the Mississippi; however, it’s unfortunate that the trail isn’t marked properly. Virtually zero chance of getting lost, but a very high chance of wasting time. Definitely download the map to make sure you’re headed where you want to go. We loved hearing the marine life as we approached the viewing area. Don’t pass this one by!

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Joshua Rogers
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Thoroughly enjoyed this hike, and the wildlife that we encountered. We had the trail to ourselves until around midday, then it got a little more crowded. Trail is in very good condition, but could use some markings or blazes along the way; we saw only a few random pieces of ribbon to mark the way, and a pair of men’s underwear hanging from a branch on the side of the trail. Starting the hike in the morning was absolutely the right decision. Take a camera and a pair of binoculars!

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Alyssa Perk
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Absolutely loved this trail. Lots of alternate routes keep the hike interesting, but the views alone make it worth checking out. Easy to make it as long or as short a hike as you’d like.

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Lacy Osterman
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Beautiful hike! The trails were well kept and the views were amazing! I hiked on a Tuesday morning and it wasn't super busy so I felt like I had the whole trail to myself. I loved everything about it!

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Ligia Hemaidan
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Easy access, flat, cool and shady with breathtaking views at the end of the trail

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Mike O
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great views near shore acres so, might be worth starting there

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Alice Martynek Holtom
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Breathtaking scenery, easy trails!

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Kerrie P
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I would recommend starting the trail early in the day. I began at 10:00 AM and finished at 2:00 PM. The trail is not always clearly marked, however after you see Simpson Beach, listen for the sea lions barking and you know you are headed the right way!! When I arrived at Simpson Reef I wasn’t sure if I should take the pack trail or stick with the road. I opted for the pack trail and then ended up on a dirt road and a camp site. Take the dirt road down and then you will end up at Cape Arago!

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Peter Ferris
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A breathtaking hike with quintessential Oregon Coast flavor. Don’t miss it!

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Christine Linder
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This is a stunning hike. Hikers with dogs should note that you can walk the Oregon Coast Trail behind the formal gardens in Shore Acres although all signs say that dogs are not allowed in the park.

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Margaret Ellis
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stunning views of the coast line. parts of the trail through the forest are not well marked.

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Kathryn Feeney
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Amazing views of coast, forest, and of sea lions and seals. This trail was had a clear path, but the signage was poor, and we got confused several times looking for the correct trail, crossing the highway, and near the lookouts.

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Abu Mathews
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Beautiful views once you get on the trail. It lies between the ocean and the road, and parts are in the forest. It has a few nice lookout points as well.

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Manny Mercier
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The trail it’s self is fun and winds along the coat line and into the timber and across a few meadows. With several other state parks along the way it would have been nice for the signs to be better, well there really aren’t any signs at all. But with an ocean on one side and a road on the other for 75 % you can’t really get lost.

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Lori Gauthier
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Jean W
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beautiful scenery!

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CJ Cosby
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This is the first trail I had done on the Oregon Coast and man it was so worth the hike.. Beautiful scenery and just amazing views all around...

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Joe Hamilton
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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.

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