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

on Horse Creek Trail

28 days ago

Trail is overgrown at the beginning. Bring long pants or a machete. Other than that nice hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail and nice campsite approximately 0.25 mile up river from trail ending. The climb out is killer. 1200 feet in 2 miles. Good hike to get ready for the season.

hiking
1 month ago

Oregons oldest old growth, you will see things here that you haven't before unless you have been to a temperate rain forest.

walking
2 months ago

Great place for kids to play, and walking along the coast.

walking
2 months ago

Sunny and beautiful hiking along the coast.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail signage is minimal, and is currently a spray-painted message on a rock. The stroll through the woods is definitely a nice one, with old growth and new growth combined and lots of foliage. The trail bed is covered in moss in some places. The descent to the creek is moderate, definitely spent some time in the front of the boots. Upon reaching the creek, it was mid-afternoon, I had a bite to eat and took some photos. Saw 2-3 crawfish hanging out in the creek. A beautiful spot if someone wanted to spend a night or two. The hike back up was strenuous, as expected, with the majority of your elevation gained in about 1.5 miles. Lightly trafficked is an understatement as I never saw or heard another person during my whole trip.

Overall, a nice trail but I probably wouldn't do it again unless the goal was backcountry camping.

great birding! Nice lazy kayaking- lots of nutria

Love this kayak trip, saw eagles, otters, beaver and lots of birds

Five stars is for the visitor center and awesome park ranger that we talked to today. He talked to my kids about different trails and animals and what to do if they see a bear. He offered up some suggested hikes which we did. We did part of the Bear Creek Loop then Snaggy Point Lane (not wide and need to navigate through berry bushes) up to Cougar Ridge. The view at the top was nice and had some picnic tables. The trail is a little difficult because you are walking on matted down prickly berry bushes. With long pants and hiking shoes it would be fine. My kids actually really enjoyed the Beaver Creek Loop trail and looking at frogs in the water. In the visitor center they have a list of recent animal sightings. A bear was seen today but not by us! We had a nice time here. Very pretty!

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Great trail! Only saw 2 other hikers, nice creek at the bottom for my dog to play in. Steep coming back out but well worth it

Saturday, July 01, 2017

This was far from moderate, as it's completely along the shore. However, Seal Rick shared beautiful tide pools! Be mindful of the tide schedule, as figure you could've going the return in water.

The views were fantastic and so was the tide pooling. The waves crashing against the rock was very beautiful

paddle sports
Saturday, December 03, 2016

We completed this kayak adventure several times while living in the Portland / McMinnville area of OR because it was one of our favorite paddles. The river starts at the ocean where you can play in the bay before venturing up river (mindful of the tides). There is a wetland area where a sojourn through grasses and cattails is great fun but careful on watching the route in as it is easy to lose your sense of direction back to the main river. The river has lots of wildlife including otters, bald eagles and osprey. There are wide areas of the river that can get quite rough with the combination of the tide and wind but this just adds to the fun. As you continue the river narrows but stays deep with steep banks so there is no problem of bottoming out. One spot requires a “limbo” under a pole used as a walkway over the river. Travelling through farmer’s field you encounter cows watering on the bank. Just keep “moooving” as not to disturb their relaxation. Overall, this is a fantastic kayak trip for a full day of paddling. Enjoy!

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

Not as busy as some other beaches.The formations are amazing.

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

This was a wonderful hike! You'll have to take a somewhat secluded, beat up road to get to the trailhead. Heading down the mountain consisted of beautiful, fairytale like scenery with old trees, wildlife, mushrooms, and clovers everywhere! At the bottom, you will reach a creek full of snails and crawdads. We had a lot of fun hanging out down there for a few hours. Bit of a steep hike back up, but worth every step!

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Definitely "lightly trafficked". When I got there, there was a man leaving. Then I had the trail to myself until I was on my way back out some people were hiking in. The forest views were lovely with lots of huge trees. The path is clear. Do not forget to bring bug repellent. Lots of flying bugs and a ton of spider webs in the trail. When you get to the creek there does not appear to be a good access point. My pup and I slid down a hill with loose dirt but the "bank" was no bigger than 2 ft in width. My dog enjoyed playing in the water and definitely needed to cool off. Also this is not a trail to take horses on.

hiking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Neat river at end w mini lobsters and salamanders

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

nice trail, very easy to follow. did it in the rain, will go back on a clear day

hiking
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Path is wonderful. No issues. Can see that a big tree had just been recently cleared. Thank you whoever you are for doing that. The way back up was pretty tough for a new hiker. But we made it back up in an hours time. The trillium were in full bloom. Very nice hike. Next time may hike in to camp for the weekend.

hiking
Sunday, March 06, 2016

I've only been down the trail 2 miles, however the trees and forest are beautiful. At two miles in there is a huge fallen tree. Be careful of that. I look forward to going further another time.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Best part of our trip

hiking
Monday, August 24, 2015

I did the piece between Seperation Lake Trail and Horse Lake as part of a larger loop. It's a mostly forested trail with a variety of interesting flowers. There are some views, but only on the piece near horse lake. Nice trail.

hiking
Monday, August 17, 2015

We just did this hike for the second time. Except for a few extraordinary giant firs there is not too much in the way of views until you get to the creek. The creek is a great spot to hang out and poke around for crawfish. There are several really nice campsites along the creek side. Perfect places for pitching your tent and people have placed log seating around some big rock fire pits. Though I don't think these pits would qualify as sanctioned fire pits during fire closures. We saw a couple family groups with kids abotu 10ish hiking back up with backpacks so kids can do this too. It is a pretty stiff climb back up out though.

It looked like a less popular beach with some rock climbing opportunities if you're into that, although it's probably frowned upon. It's not a very big area and I didn't find myself spending a whole lot of time there before I was done with it.

hiking
Friday, November 15, 2013

Harris Ranch Trail is a nice hike in, a steep hike out, but this is the feature of all three Drift Creek Trails. There are generally nice camping areas creekside at the end of this trail. I first hiked by the site way back in the 1950s when the Harris Ranch house was still nice and upright on the south bank. The trail can be a bit muddy during wet weather. Some folks hike in and fish for sea-run cutthroat trout and chinook salmon. It's a long hike out with a couple of chinook salmon. Both bicycles and stock are prohibited in the Drift Creek Wilderness Area (NO HORSES).

hiking
Thursday, September 27, 2012

One of my favorite hikes! We used to hike with packgoats here at Drift Creek Wilderness back when it was just the end of an old logging road. The trail runs the length of a ridge down to the valley floor. The hike was always overgrown with salmon berries that we're up to 10' high in places. Very neat!

Once you get to the bottom, there is a trail that crosses the river and heads up the other side of the valley.

There are no waterfalls, like the one in the picture, but thousands of crawfish and cutthroat trout.

If you bushwhacked around the area, you would find old model "T" type cars out on old overgrown log roadbeds.

hiking
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The hike is nice and quiet. Not much use. Great little creek at the end. But from the parking lot this is a 8.8 mile round tripper per map my hike. Also it starts at about 2000' and goes to about 500' at the creek. Really enjoyed the peacefulness. Trail was a little overgrown in spots but that was part of the charm.

hiking
Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The photo is not correct, that is from Drift Creek Falls, near lincoln City. Drift creek wilderness is in Waldport and there is no large waterfall.

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