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

Really beautiful views!

Nice walk in the woods. It was worth the small off trail hike for a view.

This hike is amazing! I'm glad I didn't let my fear of heights and some of the reviews stop me from trying it..it was So worth it! Wasn't sure I could find the trail head..but once I did I just went for it...I did slide down part way on my rear but I made it!

Cutler Wetlands is a quick walk through a lush area south of Lincoln City. It is one of the more interesting inclusions on the list of open spaces in the area. The perimeter loop is only the most obvious trail. There are several other paths that cut through the interior as well. There are many visitors to the open space, so don't expect solitude unless you pick a weird time to go.

18 days ago

I barely gave myself time to explore this gem of a short hike because I had 12 locations near Lincoln City on my list to explore. I "only" made it to 9 places before it got dark, but I easily beat my mileage and number of location records for a single day. I enjoyed the Alder Island scenery, and I had the place to myself. The trail loop is newly opened as of March 2017. No dogs are allowed on the trail.

I had no idea this was here, and it’s now going to become a regular part of my at home hiking rotation. It was dark and stormy today and the woods were foggy, so basically this was creepy as heck. It’s the steepest 300 feet I’ve ever hiked, and I definitely felt the constant elevation change. I’d recommend decent shoes because of the soft and needly/rooty/muddy trail. There’s no great view, but there’s constantly something to look at. There were loads of colorful mushrooms, and if you’re going to stumble upon Sasquatch in Lincoln City, it’ll probably be on this trail. There’s also several different little connecting trails so you can make this as long or short as you want. Critters spotted on the trail: banana slugs and a beetle. Also lots of bird chatter. And 2 teenage boys who were out for a stroll.

The trailhead isn't marked. Take a trail to the right off the gravel road for the most direct route. The path is uneven in places, but not bad. The climb to the top at the end is pretty steep, but worthwhile.

This hike is very nice for a clear day on the coast. Not recommended if you are afraid of heights! Pretty crowded on a Saturday morning. I downloaded the trail before I went and it was extremely helpful. You can get easily lost. The trailhead isn’t very noticeable just follow the map.

1 month ago

Spyglass is fairly ho-hum considering that the beach with all its wonders is so close by. However, it is a nice walk through a shaded forest space with fairly steep incline. I would rate it higher except its undergrowth isn't very attractive (or existent). It looks like all the vegetation and low branches were removed, leaving an appearance of recent logging activity instead of natural surroundings. There is one small section along the upper ridge that looks untouched by man, with lush greenery - the best part. It's a good place for locals to get some exercise if walking in the beach sand doesn't sound appealing. There are other similar open spaces like Agnes Creek, The Knoll, Friends of Wildwoods, Spring Lake, Regetta, and Cutler Wetlands.

Moderate Hime with beautiful views

Fantastic trail for the family. Our 13 and 11 year old children handled it fine. Scenic forest and ocean shoreline views were amazing. Recommend taking water/trail snacks. Walked 12,000 steps and climbed 75 stories on apples’s health app. Trail can be quite slippery if damp.

Don’t let the scary reviews keep you from this hike. You need to use common sense but I never felt overly exposed or scared. We were able to see whales from both the top and from almost the top. We did the loop trail and were on the road for over half the hike down. We decided to jump on the beach and enjoyed the waves to complete our loop. The view is incredible with minimal effort. Don’t miss this

Awesome hike. If you’re afraid of heights don’t do this hike and whine about how dangerous it is in the review.

Gorgeous hike! Yes, know your comfort level and your limits. We went to the top along the ride and up the middle, and I'm pregnant :-) I crab crawled back down to be extra careful though, but it was beautiful and worth it.

Really enjoyed this hike! Didn’t go all the way around the loop due to hiking in my birks (felt too sketchy on the cliff side). There is a really great view point about halfway in the hike. It’s at the first clearing to the left.

I wouldn’t recommend going to the top. It’s a straight drop down on both sides with loose rocks.

Great treail. Park toward the higher end of Logan and hike a shorter up and back.

It was great! One of my fellow hikers turned 64 today and he stood on top of God’s Thumb to celebrate.

Very steep to the top and very challenging specially with a toddlerette but definitely worth it! We did the whole loop and the trail in itself is super pretty! Shaded, cool breeze, lovely view!

I read a review earlier citing several sources that reported accidents on this trail. It was stated that the trail is unstable. I didn't find it to be unstable. It has steep grades with loose dirt so I would advise trekking poles to aid in both downhill and uphill and to provide stability and support. I also recommend taking your time and knowing your limits. After reading the review that stated the trail was unstable I was concerned. I researched it as much as possible. Here is my take. I believe that in most cases accident and injury can be avoided if you follow basic hiking precautions. I hiked away from the edge. I had trekking poles, I had an emergency kit and plenty of water and layers. I checked the weather prior to going and I had familiarized myself with the trail. I wore proper hiking shoes and I knew I was conditioned for a hike like this. Additionally I viewed a youtube video that was taken by drone to get a feel for the actual size of the summit/peak to make sure it wasn't sheer dropoffs on all sides. It is not. There is ample space to be at the top and avoid the edges. I never encountered any "unstable" areas of the trail, meaning areas where it was eroding or could give way under you. It is uneven. There are roots and rocks to take into account and when the dirt is dry it can shift a bit under foot. If you are a cautious and careful hiker and have basic common sense this hike should be plenty safe. There are of course things we can't account for. But the hike and trail itself is fine if you respect your limits and the limits of what is safe to do there.

2 months ago

There are two parts to Agnes Creek Open Space, North and South. Each has its own parking lot and trailhead, but they are a stone's throw apart, and there is a connecting trail. It's easier to park at the north trailhead since it doesn't have a steep driveway like the south. Let's be honest, this isn't the most beautiful trail ever. In fact, it looks like the aftermath of a logging excursion. Most of the trees have their lower limbs removed, and there isn't much growing under the trees. If you are looking for a scenic trail near the beach, this is not it. If you live in the area and want to go for a walk to get some exercise, this might be for you. Unless the creek is seasonal, the name is misleading. There is a ravine where a creek could be, but it was completely dry when I visited. Give this trail another decade, and maybe some new growth will fill in and make it more attractive. Even so, I always hope such spaces remain open and natural, as it's a shame when towns and cities have no such areas within their limits. Concrete jungles are no substitute.

This was a lovely, quick little day hike with lots of shade and pretty views. We started at the parking lot which took us up through the neighborhood then onto the trail. It's mostly easy with a few steep parts, but totally doable if you're slow and steady. The trail becomes a little scary as you approach God's Thumb because you're hiking along the ridge and it's slightly disorienting.
We were not able to reach the top of God's Thumb though because someone had fallen off the cliff and was being rescued when we got there. Moral of the story is, be cautious!
We had beautiful views though, and we will definitely do this hike again.

Great hike! Definitely worth it. Hard to find parking, but there is some street parking about 100 feet from the trailhead-- if youre lucky. There's a gate that says no trespassing, just go around it and follow it up. There's a house, but the trail starts before you get near the house. It's off to the side. Beautiful views! But my friend and I did get dive bombed by a huge hawk, so be careful.

There have been several people who had to be rescued from this trail due to treacherous conditions. The trail is unstable, the fog and wind unpredictable. Please research this before using the trail.




5 stars for the view at the end, but this trail wasn’t very exciting. There are also no signs at all so you have to know where you’re going. For those that may not know, if you open the map of the trail from this app while you’re hiking, you can follow along as a blue dot so you know if you’re on the right path! That feature really came in handy on this trail.

Fun little hike-run. Did an out and back, and the views were stunning all directions! Beware of the steep cliff at the top with children and or DOGS! There are no signs and a good drop off over the ridge! 

Great hike. They are currently cutting back overgrowth (which was needed) Moderate is a good description. There’s some steep bits but mostly easy. Towards the Thumb it gets narrow and steep and the dirt is loose and dry so it’s a bit scary at times. We were carrying a 1 year old and 3 year old on our backs. I think doing a solo hike this would have been less of an issue but carrying a tiny human- things get a tad scarier. Overall— stunning and we’ll do it again sometime. They do need some signage tho. There’s two great viewpoints and you might miss one.
FYI- park at the state park. We watched them driving rounds looking for cars to ticket that parked on the road when walking up to the trail head.

Second time going....short hike with stunning views! We got a break in the clouds and it was so rewarding.

Great views. Trail wasn’t busy at all. We start right around 830am and only saw 3 other people the entire time. No bees at all.

I’d rate this easy aside from a few brief steep inclines and the final incline to the very top. Well worth the trip!

Fantastic views at the top of God’s thumb, but be careful when hiking with kids- there is a cliff at the top and no guard rail or danger signs. Also, it is supposed to be a loop trail, but it wasn’t obvious where the loop is, and the loop is overgrown, so we just did a “there and back” on the more popular trail. Shady with vegetation until you reach the “thumb.” Muddy in parts and lots of roots.

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