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We drove all over trying to get to this hike! Finally we parked at McVay Rock State park. It was about 3/4 of a mile south of there. Oh the map the arches are at the pointed outcrop. Definitely need to go at low tide. It is a rocky beach that is a little harder to walk on then sand. Very pretty arches!

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We took this trail over the weekend. I'm going to be honest, I we were very disappointed. We were thinking we would see something at the end, reminiscence of something. If you are also looking to see something, save yourself the trip and go back to the woods and drive the trails in there, at least on the other trails you get to see waterfalls. This was just a bumpy dirt road, and VERY boring.

History pulled form USDA.
The Japanese Bomb Site Interpretive Trail provides access to and tells the tail of the Wheeler Ridge Japanese Aerial Bombing Site, the location of the first bombardment by enemy aircraft in the United States. It is one of only such aerial incidents ever to occur on mainland American soil--both of which occurred during World War II. On September 9, 1942, two incediary bombs were dropped from a Japanese floatplane that had been catapulted from a submarine with the intent of starting a wildfire. The bombing was an act to take revence for the American bombing of Tokyo the previous April. Fortunately, due to damp weather, the fire did little damage and was easily extinguished. A small deck on the interpretive trail provides a view of the bomb site, which today, shows little evidence of its history.

Nice beach walk and stroll along river, visitors center with free brochures about Oregon and other more difficult hikes. Clean public bathrooms at visitor center.

It’s a narrow road with no view, and you share it with large mining trucks.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

One of my favorite places on the planet and my dog's as well. She launched after sticks at the boat launch before we walked around the boat harbor to the beach where she hit the surf with an audience. We walked the river as well. A beautiful, interesting area that use to be one of my go to walking areas.

scenic driving
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Great road with most of it dirt, gravel and rocks on the way to the bomb site. The best part was when I took the wrong turn up towards Mt Emily. Great views from there especially except for all the smoke in the distance and came upon a very nice rough campsite past the bridge and on the creek. My dog loved the creek.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Forgot this one I did about 2 years ago. I took off and told my wife to go down the south bank road and pick me up for lunch expecting to walk 6-8 miles. She went down the north bank rd and didn't find me and went to lunch with a friend.... My lunch came from an old apple tree beside the road. Some great views of the river.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Beautiful views of the Winchuck river, rock formations, tidepools and ocean. This area is probably the best tide pools near Brookings. The arches are about a mile up the beach and are a great bonus. There is a bald eagle in the area that I saw this morning a couple of times as well. I love seeing eagles. When there is bait near the mouth of the river there are a lot of Ospreys too. Be sure and check the tides and do it on a low tide. The tide during these pics was about 2.0'.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

One of my 2 dogs favorite places. When time is short this is close... My lab loves to run off the boat launch after the sticks she finds. I really enjoy it for the views of the harbor, river and the Chetco bar.

Nice meander along the beach. There is no marked path, or a real hike for that matter, but if you're looking for a meandering walk along the beach and some fun tide pools, this is a good fit.

Beautiful beach to walk on into California. There is also a trail in the trees that is north of the parking lot that you can access the winchuck river. Dogs love it too.

One of my go to walks with my dogs. On the Crissey Field end they have to be leashed but on the other end there are far less people and Pelican doesn't require a leash. Beautiful beach with great open ocean views. Off in the distance most days you can see the lighthouse and many rock formations including Camel Rock out in front of Crissey Field. You also have the option of playing with the dogs or fishing in the Winchuck river or off the beach on the Oregon side. Very common to see Seals, Sea Lions and Ospreys on the hunt near the mouth of the river.