Sutton Creek Dunes

EASY 39 reviews
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Sutton Creek Dunes is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Florence, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 265 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Many loop options with a total of about 5 miles of trails available. This will follow a figure-8 route. This is a fun figure eight loop that starts at a nice vista over the dunes and Sutton creek, then follows the creek to return via some huge dunes. It's a nice short walk through the woods on the Oregon Coast.

running
13 days ago

Started this trail from ‘Dune Lake’. Has many benches to stop and rest. With short elevation changes, sandy spots and mostly wooded areas it’s a good relaxing run. It makes a big loop like the map shows. When you get to the beach parking lot the trail continues to the left. Then it shits you out in Sutton Campground ‘A Loop Group Restrooms’, go left to ‘Site A13’ then cut left to ‘B Loop’ around ‘Site A18’ stay left to ‘Site B13’ there is a bridge over the creek. After the bridge; Right takes you back to the Sutton Lake Boat Ramp parking lot and Left keeps you on the trail. There are exposed roots on many parts of the trail. Careful while running (ankle breakers). * Vault toilets; Beach parking lot / Sutton campground / Sutton Boat ramp / Alder Dunes campground. * GPS works. * Parking pass required if you are parking in any of the Parking lots / Campgrounds (Sutton / Sutton Boat Ramp / Alder Dunes / Buck Lake is PRIVATE.

hiking
4 months ago

Really nice trail mostly under tree cover. Though we saw people/cars in the parking lot we did not run into anyone else when out on the trail. Did the full loop. Only a small section on sand/in the sun. Fun tree swing to have a rest at once you climb the small dune. It was a good thing I had a hiking book with me that described how to hook back up with the trail once you hit the campground. Super confusing and not well marked. When you hit the campground go left. At A11 take the trail to your left. Go left to B16. Left to cross footbridge & left again. Figuring out how/where to pay for parking was a thing. Ended up having to drive back out to the camp ground up the road and pay the now $7 fee there. All in all though it was a great hike and I'd totally do it again :)

hiking
10 months ago

Great easy hike. people in the group kept getting distracted climbing trees and we missed the trail we wanted but got back on course. We decided to stop at the lookout. It was a dash to get back before dark.

hiking
10 months ago

Lovely hike, only a short part of it is on sand. Cutting through the campground to get to the second half is a little confusing so having a map helps.

walking
11 months ago

Fri Jan 04 2019

Beautiful trail close to home, will be back! You can do a short loop or longer route. My pup loved it! Not too many people when I went, very clean and clear path in dense forest setting for most of it, with a section in the dunes.

Sun Nov 11 2018

Sat Sep 29 2018

Fun place to hike with kids or go for a run! I liked it so much hiking with a group of kids that I went back the next day and ran it. Shady and covered by trees. The ground feels padded and bouncy I loved it.

hiking
Mon Jul 16 2018

As beautiful as dunes can be, however 3 stars because: 1) some benches are too tall: probably, the soil settled with time; 2) the dunes block the view of the ocean; 3) "Warning! Mountain lion is active in this area" as posted in the kiosk by the bridge leading from the loop north-east to Alder dunes. "Is active", not merely "sighted."

Sun Nov 19 2017

Beautiful trees on the short loop from the end of the road. Several benches to rest on, but at this time of year too damp. Many roots require close attention when walking.

hiking
Thu Sep 14 2017

Beautiful hike!

hiking
Mon Sep 04 2017

Camped in the nearby developed campsite. Hiked out to the beach twice. Was incredibly peaceful. Encountered almost no people. Watched an amazing sunset in a hidden beach. Nothing like this in the city!

hiking
Fri Dec 27 2013

Nice Hike with some good views.

hiking
Fri Jun 21 2013

Easy to find. Great 5 mile round trip hike. Diverse trails with interesting scenery along the way. Luckily, my Trail book told us where the trails were once we emerged in the campground.

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recorded Recording - Jun 12, 04:48 PM

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