Explore the most popular birding trails near Brookings with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

4 days ago

Really short, and decent climb. Probably took five minutes to get up, but gave great views of the coast to the north, and slightly visible views of the coast to the south. Definitely worth the quick trip.

This is an amazing hike. The views are spectacular and the hidden natural bridge at the bottom of the trail is amazing.

Absolutely love this one! Pictures do not do this place justice! Definitely worth the drive down from Washington!

hiking
25 days ago

One of our favorite trails. Be careful not to go out on the rocks at Indian Sands every year at least one person gets hit by a wave and washed into the sea.
You can find the loop at the Northern end of Indian Sands, the trail goes along the edge of the valley and back to the parking lot.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful hike through the trees with awesome views of the Ocean

What an amazing place to go hiking. The view is breathtaking. Definitely going back someday.

Beautiful hike along the buff overlooking the ocean.

This trail was one of the magical moments on our trip. The trail was really cool and brought many surprises! Don’t miss this one!

One of the highlights of our trip. Went down onto the black sand beach with beautiful cliffs and caves and explored. Only saw one other person.

Loop around Indian Beach not accurate

Beautiful views!! The only thing I will say is for an amateur, like myself, it was very easy to veer off the trail....I’m not sure exactly what trails I was hiking but they were in the area and gorg! The kids (5&9) enjoyed the quick hike and views.

great place for a fire and sunset with libations

beautiful hike, dogs allowed on leashes.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Stunning a must see. Go when it’s not busy. Plan to stop at all the viewpoints or even better walk the coast trail between them. Plan to have your lunch on the rocks or in the private caves.

Beautiful and a must see. Go when it’s not busy. Plan to stop at all the viewpoints or even better walk the coast trail between them.

This is a beautiful trail along the beautiful Oregon coast - definitely worth your time. The trail itself is narrow - not difficult but if it had been raining within the last few days the mud will make it difficult and a little risky to traverse if you don’t have good balance. Also, I’ll say that while there are markers on the trail, they are very easy to miss and with so many offshoots of the trail that lead to great viewpoints that you will want to take, I can see people getting lost easily. Pay close attention or download the offline map. Finally, while this listing states it’s great March through October I would recommend late March if March at all - while it’s beautiful in winter there is a lot of leafless trees that in certain would make the trail even more breathtaking if viewed when spring has sprung. April through October would be the best time to partake IMO.

Nice little loop that includes a small forest, a river, the beach and coastal wetland and grasses. Hard to find so much beauty so close and easy. In season there are salmon and steelhead in the river and good surf perch fishing in the ocean.

hiking
4 months ago

At the Indian Sands parking area/ viewpoint, a way trail takes off behind the park rules sign and goes to the Oregon Coast trail in a few hundred yards. All the trees were cut and removed from the way trail 1/2018.

I've grown up on this beach. It is usually not too crowded. there is a nice tide pool area to the right.

Going south on the Oregon Coast trail from the Thunder Rock Cove pullout,the trail goes through forrest.At Natural Bridges there is a nice view.Continuing south it comes to open area above a cove.Further south the trail goes to another view area before dropping down to beautiful China Beach.

Going north from the Natural Bridge parking area the Oregon Coast trail goes through forrest,reaching the Thunder Rock Cove parking area shortly.In that stretch a side trail goes down to a view.

From the Natural Bridge viewpoint,the Oregon Coast trail continues south through forrest,then a opening above a cove.More trees and another parking area/viewpoint.South of that viewpoint area the Oregon Coast trail goes down to the north end of beautiful China Beach.

hiking
5 months ago

The Oregon Coast trail going north from Indian Sands comes to highway 101 north of the Indian Sands viewpoint road.Walk along the 101 back to that parking area.Down at the viewpoint of the archway at Indian Sands,look for a trail to the LEFT GOING down,then crossing a good spring.Continue south ,briefly going through some trees,then go right through a cut and continue south to the south end of the Indian Sands area.Enjoy one the great scenes of North America! Absolutely riveting! Takes about five minutes from view point of the archway to the view south.

Between Whales head beach road and Indian Sands viewpoint road on Highway 101 there is small parking area outside a guardrail,on the west side of 101.The Oregon Coast trail comes right through here.A few hundred yards north on the Oregon Coast trail a side trail takes off and goes over to Indian Sands and also out onto a penninsula.The side trail goes downhill to junction.Go to left and end up at the end of a penninsula.Terrific!Go to the right and you will end up at Indian Sands.Any of the paths that go north will end up at Indian Sands.

The Oregon Coast trail goes north(and south)from the Thunder Rock pull off.Going north the trail forks.Either way will go to Secret Beach,but going left at that fork goes down to Thunder Rock Cove and some very beautiful views before it rejoins and goes north to Secret Beach and other points to the north.

There is a place to park just off of hwy.101 on whaleshead beach road.on the right there.Start up the Oregon Coast trail going north.In about 8 minutes(just past a green bench)a side trail takes off on the left and goes out to a very scenic view point,one of the finest of the entire Oregon coast.

There is a place to park just off of hwy.101 on whaleshead beach road.on the right there.Start up the Oregon Coast trail going north.In about 8 minutes(just past a green bench)a side trail takes off on the left and goes out to a very scenic view point,one of the finest of the entire Oregon coast.

The oregon coast trail going north of Indian sands comes near highway -101 .from there walk along 101 back to the Indian sands parking area.Down at the view of the archway,look for a trail(on the LEFT),going down and crossing a good spring.After going through trees briefly,turn right through a cut and continue south.At the south end of the Indian sands area(you will know when you are there) is one of the great scenes of North America! Absolutely riveting!From the view of the archway,it takes about 5 minutes to reach the south end of the Indian Sands area.

Was beautiful , steep for this old lady and slippery. Worth the trek!

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