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Whalen Island Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cloverdale, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers 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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 1.4 mi Elevation gain 62 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Beach

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

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Chris Booth
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Hiking

Whalen Island Review I went hiking here yesterday. This is one of my favorite spots on the Oregon coast to visit. Very unique and extremely beautiful all around. It was a beautiful little hike to the beach and it was finally nice to breathe some nice clean fresh ocean air for a change. So a long time ago you used to be able to see a lot of the washed up sand dollars laying around on the beach. I didn't really see any of that yesterday but I did see a lot of crab shells and clam shells laying around. They had a bear warning up by the restrooms in the parking area but I'm assuming it was for black bears. so you never know what kind of wildlife you will usually see here, maybe a deer or black bear or maybe a cougar. Basically just keep your eyes peeled and you'll never know what you might see or encounter?

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Larry Pasierb
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Hiking

Good little trail to go hike. Mixed terrain and surroundings! Saw an small elk feeding in the East Side of island. Plenty of squirrels and birds as well. What a treat!! Good for kids!!

Samantha Goodwin
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Hiking

A very pretty and easy walk around the island. Nice views of the estuary, sandy trail, mostly in the shade with a few big old trees.

Jessica R.
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Hiking

Easy to follow trail! Only one mud puddle, the rest of the trail was great. The trail has a bit of everything- hills, trees, sand, open space, viewpoints, etc. Awesome place for a nice, simple hike.

Carol Widmer
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Hiking

I’d recommend this trail! Didn’t meet anyone till at the end, on the beach. It was quiet with lovely weather. Only marked down because there weren’t any markings or signs on trail at several forks or places trail divided.

Joanna Simpson
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Hiking

nice hike, lots of beautiful viewing areas of sand lake & the ocean. trail is a little narrow and there's lots of roots but very beautiful

Lisa Rooney
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Hiking

I love this trail just about more than anything. It’s just so short and simple with varied flora and fauna. The rhododendrons were blooming in all their glory, and there was a little snake sunbathing on the trail. Highly recommend.

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Dillan Ferris
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Hiking

Small little loop but it trails off and you can walk on sand and see the ocean pooling into the lake. There are few parts of this hike where there is incline but it's not hard by any means. Worth checking if you're out here.

Lisa Rooney
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Hiking

This is my new favorite hike. It’s easily accessible, almost no elevation gain, deep dark and twisty woods, and ocean water. I mean what more could you ask for? The distance is short and the elevation is negligible, but you still get a workout from walking sections of loose sand. This is quintessential coastal woods at its finest, and though it dumped rain on me today, I can’t wait to do this again. There’s also plenty of parking, picnic tables, and bathrooms. Critters spotted along the way: birds, lots and lots of birds.

Deam Stroup
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Walking

It is a great trail with many ups and downs which is a nice workout. The trees and forest are beautiful and the trails were well taken care of. The only amazing scary sounds we heard were monkeys.....oooh sorry they were our kids trying to make us think there were monkeys on the trail. Seriously though we will be back !!!

PhLo M
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Hiking

"None shall pass!" I played the part of the balrog while Sequoia was the young version of Gandalf guarding the Bridge of Khazad-dûm. A nice family adopted me into their hiking group for a few minutes. In addition to that bit of fun the loop was quite enjoyable and scenic. It was fairly crowded, probably from people staying at the adjacent campground.

Charles Caughlan
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easy,good birding even,several ecosystems,even saw a bald eagle.

Ash M
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Walking

Fantastic walk! Good hike with kids and toddlers!

Leana M.
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Dog loved this place, few people

Shawn E.
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Hiking

May 3, 2017 While hiking the Three Capes section of the Oregon Coast trail I had hoped to cross the mouth of Sand Lake at low tide. No way unless it is 2 ft minus tide. Instead I found a trail around the south side of the lake, which is a beautiful estuary. Whalen Island is peninsula in the lake. When I came to sandlake road, I turned north and walked 1/2 mile to Whalen Island. Could have been a great campsite. Osprey and Blue Herons abound. There is no OHV traffic on Whalen Island or along the the south side of Sand Lake

Hannah Sealy
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Walking

Nice family friendly hike! Enjoyed the scenery and lack of other people!

Taj Richardson
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Hiking

Surprisingly great - easy - hike. Nice view of Sandlake and native Oregon coast Forestlands. Take some snacks and picnic on the sand. Only downside is the sound of off-road vehicles at the nearby Sandlake sand dunes.

David Byrd
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Hiking

Really great, short hike. Family friendly. Take some water. Great viewpoints of Sand Lake, and the ocean beyond that. Lots of foliage, some of it edible (we picked huckleberries).

Lita Aguirre
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Hiking

The foliage was pretty, but the hike was more like a walk. Too easy and the loop is confusing.

Rena Heffernan
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Hiking

This was a great trek for all ages. With beautiful scenery all around and the sound of the ocean in the background it was a peaceful and happy hike. The bonus...In the spring there are TONS of huge rhododendrons blooming through out the entire walk

Greg Heffernan
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Hiking

great family trail , easy and out of the wind. great for younger children.

Hillary Holiday
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Nature trips

Nice trail for kids. We walked through sand lake when the tide was out . Beach access was tricky. But tons of eagles and wildlife.

Morgan Lerchenmuller
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Nitya Vittal
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Roman Davis
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Annie Kaplan
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Danellius Manzt
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Mike Bovee
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Tyler Jacobson
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Lea L.
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