Explore the most popular walking 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
8 days 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.

Always a fun place to hike and explore. Gets really dicey out on the cape, but you need to be safe out there because the rock is all sandstone and is quite slick, and the cliffs are no joke, so be careful.

hiking
24 days ago

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

hiking
29 days ago

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

Beautiful views!!!!

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

Short but challenging hike up the dunes. So many people went past the fences/danger signs but there's still plenty to see behind them. Visited at low tide and saw many starfish, anemones, and barnacles. Super crowded on a warm/sunny spring day. Parked on the beach and it took almost 30 mins. to get out because two cars got stuck in the sand.

hiking
3 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 :)

Unique location with the sandy beaches and sandstone formations.

hiking
5 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
7 months ago

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

May 2, 2017
One of the most impressive sandstone formations along the Oregon coast. Many people fall to their deaths from the area beyond the fences. Still, with caution I was able make my way out to the point and down to the water in the breach. Spectacular at high tide with great views south to Cascade Head and north to Cape Lookout. Whales playing and feeding to the north.
Finding oneself in Pacific City requires an obligatory pit atop at the Pelican Brewpub. Black rabbits are rampant in the area

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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

This route is not what I would recommend. I recommend heading north of Pacific City on Kiwanda Rd until you reach a road on the left just past the crosswalk for the campsites. This road will pass a parking lot and put you right on the beach. Here, you can drive on the beach (across several streams) down to the cape.

The hike up the sand dune on this side is better as well. COME AT LOW TIDE to explore hidden caves, starfish on the rocks, and lots of miles beach that is normally under 5 feet of water.

You can also hop over the "Danger" signs and explore the dangerous areas beyond. Just beautiful.

hiking
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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...

9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

One of the most crowded places you could ever find. Parking lot full at 9 am Thursday morning. "Moderately Trafficked" is ultra false.

walking
10 months ago

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

It was a sandy trail that took a bit of effort. It had a varied interesting habitat. It had a lot of mosquitos though. It was worth the walk.

hiking
10 months ago

Hike was well worth the secluded beach. Kids loved it!

hiking
10 months ago

Thought there would be more vista points but the stars of the show were the giant trees and overgrowth on the trail. Some muddy spots. Overall, a great elevation focused coastal trail!

It's a workout, but definitely worth it to climb up the dunes and explore a bit up top. This is my favorite view in all of Oregon, with the sandstone and haystack out in the distance, and beach as far as the eye can see. The brewery at the trailhead is a nice touch, too.

on South Trail

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail, a bit muddy in some spots.

11 months ago

Love this hike. Love the ocean overlook to whale watch.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike today. Hard on knees going down hill, and a good workout coming back up. Took us 70 minutes each way. Wonderful beach with tide pools at bottom.

11 months ago

Beautiful lush forest ending with an amazing beach. We saw a bald eagle over looking the beach. Hike up hill is challenging if you are not in pretty good shape.

Monday, May 22, 2017

I enjoyed this nifty trail. It's all downhill for the first leg, which brings you to the beach. The ocean waves call your name the whole way down. Then you have a somewhat challenging uphill climb back to the parking lot.

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