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
5 days 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
20 days 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
21 days 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.

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

Great views! Saw whales! Just head toward the big sand hill to the north and then go up left side of it to get to a viewpoint.

walking
27 days ago

Fantastic walk! Good hike with kids and toddlers!

So directions lead me to the beach and not the trail. I would have given it more stars if I actually found the trail. I did however enjoy the beach/coast view.

on Whalen Island Trail

1 month ago

Dog loved this place, few people

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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!

1 month ago

On a sunny day, this trail is magical.

hiking
1 month ago

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

Great views! Fun hike up the dunes.

hiking
3 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.

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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

Beautiful views!!!!

hiking
4 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
4 months 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
6 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
8 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
10 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
10 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
11 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
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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
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.

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