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

hiking
16 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail. I’ve hiked it twice: once was a rainy day in the spring, the other was a sunny day in the fall. Although both times the views and sights were incredible (especially the misty fog on the rainy day), I’d highly recommend a sunny day after not much recent rain. It can get quite slick and muddy. There is a beautiful beach with fun tide pools at the end of the trail, which you might have all to yourself. The trip back up was taxing, but I am not particularly fit, so it shouldn’t be too difficult for most :). Highly recommended, for the prize at the end of the trail!

walking
1 month ago

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 !!!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful beach on the bottom. Relatively easy trail, not much variety though.

hiking
2 months ago

I left a cool hiking stick at the trail head for someone to use.

2 months ago

Fantastic little hike. As the others have said, it’s quite muddy and therefore very slippery. We started at 8:30, and didn’t see another soul on the trail or at the beach. The tide pools were phenomenal. I have never seen so many starfish in one place. Once on the beach, if you go right to the rocks stay hugging the wall over the small gravel all the way until you get to the sandy part between all of the rocks. During low tide, you can walk all the way to the waters edge where all of the starfish are.

hiking
2 months ago

Little thick the first 1/2 mile or so but the views are totally worth it! My wife and I hiked this on a Sunday and hit the trailhead around 12pm and didn't see anybody on the hike down to the beach, and crossed paths with only 1 other group of 3 on our way back up. The elevation gain was truly mild, but if it's wet at all, strongly recommend hiking footwear. It felt like you were in a dream/movie set in a rainforest with how thick the forest was, only to feel this amazing ocean breeze with incredible views and a total chill beach to hang out before the trek back up the hill!

hiking
3 months ago

"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.

on North Trail

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great trail and no crowds! Started at the cape lookout campground day use parking lot and continued all the way out to the point of Cape Lookout to make it a longer hike. The North Trail is well maintained and takes you through some real rain forest where you can see some large Sitka Spruce trees. Highly recommend this for a nice hike.

Sitka Sedge is the newest state park in Oregon. It opened June 2018. It seems not many know about it yet because there virtually no one else there. I did go rather late in the day though. My experience was a most excellent one. The weather wasn't perfect due to fog, but it made for eerie and mysterious photo conditions, which I enjoyed greatly. There is a huge variety of scenery in this natural area. There is beach access, but not directly from the parking lot. You have to hike in a ways. Walking through the thicket is pretty cool. Looks like a scene from some creepy movie.

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

walking
3 months ago

Fantastic walk! Good hike with kids and toddlers!

on Whalen Island Trail

3 months ago

Dog loved this place, few people

hiking
3 months ago

This is one of 3 trails starting at the cape lookout trailhead parking lot. The hike starts to the right. It’s an immediate decend, but you are walking thru forestry and lots of roots. That means coming back be prepared for a slight incline to return. Halfway thru the trail you will reach a suspension bridge and after that nice coastal views as you reach the beach. The tide pools are fun to explore and we found about 6 full sand dollars. This trail is definitely way less trafficked than the cape lookout hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, first .75 miles is descent, so that’s what you have to climb to get back out, but it’s not too steep. Lots of tree roots to navigate, little bit of mud, but no bugs and great weather. Cool suspension bridge mid trail and the beach at the end was lovely. The crowds were all on the cape lookout trail, so I encountered maybe ten groups on my entire out and back, and that’s on a Sunday in July. Would definitely do this trail again!

4 months ago

On a sunny day, this trail is magical.

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful beach at the bottom with sandy beach and tide pools. Great views. Lots of roots and switchbacks.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. If you’re reasonably fit and keep a good pace you should be done in ~2hours with some wandering on the beach. Loved the forest portion and then a nice beach. No one around today so it was great to have it all to myself. Two dogs, navigated it well. Pretty muddy though for the first 3/4 if a mile.

hiking
6 months ago

Magical! From the luscious green forest out to the beautiful Oregon coastline.

hiking
6 months ago

lots roots to navigate. down was easy coming back up a little difficult it took 41 minutes

hiking
7 months ago

There are two other trails available at the same spots (south trail and cape lookout I believe) Beautiful scenery at the end, I recommend to visit this place when it has been sunny and dry for a few days, because the trail gets pretty muddy at some spots and in addition, wear the boots that would have a good traction

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike down. Only saw one other group on the trail when I went on a Saturday in January. It was muddy, but that is expected on a hike in winter in Oregon. Be sure to pace yourself. It’s easy to zoom on down and walk a couple of miles down the beach before you remember you have to the the switchbacks back up :)

hiking
11 months ago

Combine this trail with the Cape Lookout trail to get about 10 miles and 2,500' in elevation gain. The trails on the Oregon Coast are beautiful. Just look at the photos and get out there.

hiking
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

A pretty tough trail coming straight back up from the beach, but it wasn't very busy and it was a nice beach.

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Check the tide schedules and approach this trail toward low tide for the best experience. I hiked the Cape Lookout trail first (approx 1:15) so that I could come back to this one for a swim break. It was the most refreshing invigorating thing I've ever had the pleasure of doing mid-hike. Low tide leaves many tide pools and wildlife on the beach. The views are spectacular! Also had a very close encounter with deer on the way back up.
The steep grades can be hard on the knees going down and tough on the stamina going up. Pace yourself for your fitness level.

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Beautiful hike! The elevation is not accurate on the description. I believe it is half of what it states, probably around 1100ft.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

The vistas were not as dramatic as the cape trail, but for awhile we were the only folks on the beautiful beach that is this hike's destination. This beautiful short hike is memorable for the way it takes one into what seems like another world.

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

It was busy at noon on a Friday, but that didn't hinder our experience. Its a 800 ft hike up switchbacks on the way back though, which I would've preferred to start with and then go back down, but thats obviously not an option when you're hiking to a beach. Be careful with your ankles on the roots! Pup pulled me over a couple of them...

Friday, August 11, 2017

Definitely all soft sand trail and lots of horse poop. Awful for a walk. Was mad I left the beach as its way easier and prettier to walk on.

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