Wonderful trail that is dog friendly with beautiful views of the coast. Easy enough to take people of all ages. Saw seals sunbathing on the rocks below. Got a history lesson from many signs throughout the trail. One of my favorite hikes on the Southern Oregon Coast.

Beautiful well kept trail with some great history lessons along the way

backpacking
blowdown
over grown
1 day ago

Grave Creek to Foster Bar, 6/21/20-6/24/20, please read!! *Bear Encounter* On our 3rd and last night we camped just adjacent to Paradise Creek (mentioned by a recent reviewer, Quentin). This area is a few miles form Brushy Bar Campground which is known for high black bear activity and has the appropriate set up -- cables between trees for hanging, and small areas with electric fences where you can store your food. Anywho, we used two bear canisters (BV500) and then we hung toiletries and garbage every night. On this night I picked a tree and hung our stuff about 20 feet up, 8 feet from the branch, and a few feet down. Around 1 am I heard a sound of something hitting a canister (them and the bear bag were a couple hundred feet away). We shouted and whatnot, but to no avail so eventually we got out of the tents and by this time one bear had climbed the tree and slashed our bag (not a slash proof bear bag) and spilled the garbage. After shouting some more it ran off, but then came back and watched us, and then we saw the second pair of eyes (never got a good visual on the second bear). They did not seem scared of us at all even though we banged pots and pans and shouted (5 of us). Eventually around 330am we gave up and went to bed and decided to see if they would try to come back, but they didn't. I reported this to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. After talking with them I would highly highly recommend using bear canisters only if you plan on camping near Paradise Creek. If you do go to Brushy Bar though, you should be fine in terms of being able to hang your food /toiletries or put into a fence. Beautiful trail, but fairly overgrown at points and a lot of blowdowns toward the end that made it confusing -- recommend GPS! Also, so so hot (100 degrees two of the days which was brutal since it's an exposed trail), and we each were drinking ~100 oz a day -- so plan accordingly and make sure you know when the next creek is!

What a great trail. There are a few sections less exciting than others. Did this in a 3 day trek and loved every minute. Added a short walk to Ramona falls and it made for a great last day. Only section I could live without is Zig Zag Canyon...

hiking
fee
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

The trail seems to be fairly easy in the beginning. Flat straight gravel trail but then the moderate/hard fun part begins! There is no doubt that the whole hike is absolutely beautiful but man does it get intense about 2 miles before you get to Opal Creek. Very narrow, muddy, rocky incline watch your step. Once there, you are greeted by a bridge with a beautiful clear blue pool and rocky waterfalls! The kids dared to cliff jump into the pool of water and the look on there face once their bodies touched that water was priceless! Freezing cold! On our way back we decided to cross the bridge and make a loop. You come up to a sign that says it’s closed but we went through it regardless. It was more of an 8 mile hike for us. 06/29/20

Great variety of scenery with stands of oak trees and lots of wildflowers. Forest trails with a mix of trees. Take the side trail off Spur trail for a neat area of boulders good for a snack break looking out over the river.

backpacking
bugs
muddy
over grown
snow
4 days ago

We began our trip on 6/25 for a 4 day 3 night trip with goals to complete the entire loop. Out of the lodge there is a good amount of snow around the South side of the mountain, as it is still early in the season, which can add difficulty and slow your mph considerably. Once you get through the snow the trail is pretty solid. We heard along the way about a lot of snow on the east and north east side making it un-passable. The rivers are running high with a lot of run off so be careful when crossing. We decided to camp and do a day hike up to McNeil Point and then turn around and hike out about 15 miles. Day 4 we saw a lot of rain/sleet/snow around 6,000’ so be sure to have extra gear for that as it is still very early and winter conditions can still roll in especially at considerable elevations. If you plan wisely and think critically you’ll be able to have a safe and fun trip. Otherwise the views were epic and the trail was solid when it was bare.

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 days ago

Very rocky, quite a few stairs to get up to the trail. Not a flat trail. The obsidian is very cool.

Easy flat and can be walked by anyone. Gravel trail nice there was working rest rooms.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
over grown
5 days ago

Whetstone trail was very overgrown with lots of downed trees. Hike took my teenage son and I 8 hours.

Super steep in the beginning but levels out I went about 2.3 miles. View at the top was super pretty, there’s a decent amount of people if you’re looking to hike alone

hiking
bugs
5 days ago

Yesterday beautiful a yearly must for me its a beautiful hike. Some bugs wear repellent.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
5 days ago

Great day of hiking today. Trail is in great condition except for few fallen trees to hop over. Not bad at all. Coming from Portland....Road 20 is closed even though google maps shows it that way. Make right on Steel Creek Rd off Hwy 26 just before you reach Rhododendron and take it all the way to cool creek trailhead. Enjoyyy. Happy Hiking.

hiking
bridge out
5 days ago

What a burner! Incline is just what we wanted for our hike. The trail head does have a warning that mountain lion has been spotted in area so prepare accordingly. No snow but got cold at the top with the clouds that we experienced yesterday. Take Cool Creek Road off Hwly 26 like suggested by others (this is just before the parking for the shuttle across from the store; MTB you know where I mean). A couple good views on the way up but mainly beautiful forestry. Imagine the top looks beautiful if we didn't encounter clouds/fog. Will be coming back in the next few weeks. Would NOT recommend to new hikers. Highly recommend hiking boots! Enjoy!

Road is pretty rough, but no trees in the way. There is a spot right before you get on the actual trail where the views are just about as good as the top.

A bit of history, stunning views, wildflowers, etc. What more could you want?

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Awesome trail between two awesome caves. Kids need to leave their graffiti at home.

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