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

hiking
6 months ago

I hiked this part of the Oregon Dunes NRA on New Year's Day under clear skies and calm winds.

After finding my way around the park itself (talked to a ranger), and paying the $5 fee, I settled on parking at the Day Use area at the southern tip of Cleawox lake.
I immediately climbed the tall-ish dunes right off the left of the trailhead, providing me with good indications of where my path should lead me. A short up-hill of the sandy trail leads to the first expansive view of the main dunes area to the south and the forested strip separating the dunes from the beach. This is a good vantage point to map a route to the trees and access to the beach.
As I was the first one on the trail (30mn after sunrise) I could meander my way leisurely across the dunes, enjoying the morning light, looking for photo opportunities and plotting a course that follows the crest of the dune and the part with harder sand.

Only when I reached the tree-band did the first ATVs start buzzing in the distance. A strip of water separates the dunes from the trees and a main thoroughfare for ATV follows this trip. At 'rush hour' it may not be a very friendly place for hikers :-)
I headed further south along the edge of the water until I came upon the main crossing to the beach (Chapman's OHV trail). There also, it is probably better to avoid this section at periods of high ATVs activity. About half way to the beach is a north-south "trail" (Hunters) but, on this January day, it was flooded in both directions.
Once out of the trees, it is a very short distance to the grassy bluff that overlooks the beach.
Exercise more caution at the "pass" across the bluff as vehicles coming from the beach come at high speed to negotiate the sandy slope.

Once on a beach, I took a short rest sitting on a tangle of large logs where I would could look at the vehicular action while staying out of the way.

I then header north with the intention to make a loop by cutting back inland around the South Jetty Road. The walk on the beach was very pleasant and the washed up logs make for more excuses to take pictures. The portion of the beach I walked (for Chapman's to Heidi's beach is also shared with OHVs but traffic was relatively light and drivers mindful of the slow on the wet sand.

A few "pedestrians" enjoyed the undisturbed sand at Heidi's beach. I did the same before crossing over the bluff to the South Jetty Parking #1. From there, I could not find a safe/enjoyable return route directly to the John Honeyman parking lot and decided to just walk the South Jetty Rd to 101 and then another 1.75 miles to the park entrance. There is sufficient shoulder width pretty much all the way to not have to worry too much about road traffic.

All told this is just about 10 miles (around 3.5 on blacktop)

hiking
8 months ago

This is a more secluded area to access the beach. Problem is there are crazy homeless tweakers that will car clout you. Squatters stay there many times and hear they harassed the Snowy Plover counters that used to park out there. Keep in mind the beach is closed for the Snowy Plovers March 15th -Sept 15th.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

It's a trail I hiked alone while visiting some friends. Your basic sand, dunes, and ocean. Nothing exciting, but when the weather is nice, it's better than staying home.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

This is an ATV area.

hiking
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Nice walk to the beach trail is very narrow until you get to the beach then a lot of up and down "dunes" to get to the ocean

walking
Saturday, December 24, 2016

If you park at the far north lot and walk to the beach you'll see some pines and amazing undisturbed dead trees scattered along the coast. Great for walking and photography.

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Easy trail however not well marked.

walking
Monday, September 26, 2016

Nice little trail. Picturesque.

walking
Friday, May 20, 2016

We did this after the Lagoon Trail and it was just beautiful. It was a little overcast and chilly but the walk and the views were worth it. Took the dog and stopped before nesting area but it was still a great little hike.

walking
Friday, May 20, 2016

This was a really great little trail. The birds were out and it was just a magical little walk. Took the dog and on a weekday and had the place to ourselves.

hiking
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Loved it! I felt that it is more in the easy category rather then moderate. Beautiful beach!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

So easy to find and so beautiful!

hiking
Monday, June 08, 2015

This was a nice short trail. Very easy. It does pass next to a few campground lots, but not a lot. Definitely worth it though.

hiking
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Like the above comment, easy, relaxing trail. The latter half of the trail was closed when i walked it in mid March though, due to snowy plover nesting. So it also is a good bird watching trail if you're into that.

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Monday, March 09, 2015

This is one of if not my kids favorite hike to do. We have been doing this hike for years and they're almost 6 now. We do this hike anytime of the year. Great hike out and back!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Very easy trail that will take you along a coastal stream, through wetlands, by Snowy Plover habitat and finally to the beach.

hiking
Saturday, August 30, 2014

Nice easy trail. Well marked. Took 6 year old and dog with no issues. Well maintained.

hiking
Monday, July 28, 2014

Very nice dunes for either hiking or ATV activities.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Good place for offroading and hiking.

hiking
Friday, June 21, 2013

Best just before low-tide. Turn off of 101 isn't well marked, it just has a street sign "Baker Beach". Horse camp is at end of road. Trail passes from Baker Beach Horse Camp over the fore-dune to wide flat beach. Head North across Lilly Lake outlet stream on beach to base of cliffs below Hwy 101, interesting caves (with fishing net floats jammed high in the top by winter storms), groups of isolated rocks w pools/marine life (found Greenling and Sculpin up to 11"). At low-tide, can walk within a couple hundred yards of Sea Lion Cave entrance. From zero to a couple people at most year-round. Local resident.

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