This trail was what we expected! Lots of terrain changes, parts in the Forrest, some of the trail has beautiful views of the ocean and we loved that we got to go onto the beach for a little break before heading back up. It wasn’t too muddy when we went but it had been a dry week. The whole trip took us a total of two hours with a 15 min break on the beach.

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muddy
2 months ago

Nice trail to the beach. Muddy and tree roots along the trail. Wild flowers are just starting to show. Beautiful beach at the base of Cape Lookout.

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flooded
muddy
over grown
3 months ago

The whole center area is flooded, & parts of the river trail is too.

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Started from the north side and continued on the South Trail to the beach. There's a downed tree from the storm that we had to pass thru, but it was doable. The bridge was slick and would advise people to not rock it when others are crossing. Some of the trail is pretty steep and would not suggest for a beginner hiker. There's a part you must climb along a manmade waterfall. I'd suggest going on the rocks and not the fence lined rocks. The fence line is very slippery and people have injured themselves trying to walk on that. Overall, it's a good hike with some good views.

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icy
muddy
off trail
snow
3 months ago

We had a blast with our two small pups! The path had a snow dusting which was beautiful to see upon arrival and as we began our descent. We made it the beach line in just over an hour with stops to take in the scenery and only passed one other group of 3 as we arrived to the beach. Other then that we had the trail and beach to ourselves. On the way up we did get off trail some when we took a wrong turn on what must have been an animal trail. We got turned around enough that we had to use all trails to find our way back to the trail. Once on the trail it was nice incline back to the car. All in all a really fun morning.

This was just a short portion of this beach trail. The beach is beautiful, but the sand was soft and a little difficult to walk on. I bet when the tide is out this is a 5 star beach.

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4 months ago

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.

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muddy
4 months ago

Awesome trail! Great views and beautiful Forest. Check it out for sure! 'Twas a bit of mud, but that was just extra fun for me. I guess I never outgrew my fascination with jumping in puddles and playing in the mud. oh well.

Switchback down to a beautiful beach which is generally not as crowded as other beaches in the area. Trail has deteriorated a little, but still in reasonably good shape and not the mud pit that the Cape trail can be after rain.

Beautiful. If you like birds, mossy trees and wide varieties of fungus, this is the trail for you. I was sceptical about the "lighlty trafficked" rating when we pulled up and the parking lot was mostly full, but once we got past the first viewing point on the left we hardly saw anyone. Dogs welcome on leash. Wheelchair and stroller accessible to an extent on all three of the first branches, don't think you'd make it to the beach though. Took the first beach access point, access points are clearly marked on the beach with yellow signs so was easy to find the other one and get back on trail. Would only recommend beach during low tide. The closed section of beach and trail didn't interfere with the completion of the loop.

This was a great hike! I saw 2 other people the whole way. I tried to find whales since it's migrating season but no luck! awesome views though. it was pretty muddy, I was grateful for supportive hiking boots.

The hike itself was great but a good chunk of the trail was inundated with smoke. Quite a shock on the coast in December. I don’t know where it was coming from but it made the otherwise lovely trail very unpleasant.

This was a very peaceful solo hike with intimate forest setting, epic views, and a slight danger of running head on with a cougar. Awesome! Great hike and views, and a decent workout at times. Didn’t run it to a single person on this trail, out and back.

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6 months ago

Very nice trail! We did this after hiking Cape Lookout. Both trails are great . We saw a few Sea Lions and really enjoyed the views. A great way to spend a day on the Oregon Coast!

Great trail! Lots of wildlife and shells. We got to watch two seals play. Full circle is a great workout.

Great trail to enjoy the family with...will be back again..

Clear trail. Has bridge on trail with great view!

Left the parking lot on a rainy morning at dawn. Very fun trail, lots of roots, a couple of scramble areas, and sweet solitude. I definitely recommend for a beautiful, challenging training run. Will repeat this trail!

Shaded most of the way but has multiple points where you can look out over the ocean and spectacular views on a sunny day! Can be steep for some but if you are in shape not a problem! as you cross over the hill reaching where it says to turn back is actually a fork in the road you can continue down another two miles and it's one long hike - don't know why it's separated into 2 hikes on this site?!

Great beach walk and sunset.

Be super careful with the wire retaining wall. My kid slipped on the rocks and cut their arm on the wire sticking out. Sliced the skin right off! We have done this hike multiple times but it needs some maintenance.

A great way to see endangered snowy plovers scuttling along the beach. Just leave your pooch behind if you plan on this because dogs aren’t allowed on protected plover habitat (for good reason; the birds nest in the dunes). Otherwise, stick to the interior trails and enjoy the diversity of wide open wetlands and cloistered forested stroll.

Keep in mind that until September 15th the far north part of the beach is closed to protect nesting birds. This is still a great little walk and awesome beach.

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