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Toledo, Oregon Map
23 days ago

I love this trail, but surely I am biased as I did this trail several times a week with my prior dog.Bobbi did a through review, I'll add that much of the path gets muddy if there has been a solid rain; the Emery branch is dark and can be very muddy but is nice it is own spooky way. The elevations are like rooted stairways, good agility practice if you like trail running.

Trail has essentially no markings and is too often just a logging road. There are some really nice shaded, forested sections, but no really spectacular views. The last part of the loop (1/4 mile plus) is the paved road to the parking lot at the reservoir. Glad I had AllTrails map and a good compass. Take lots of water and snacks.

Nice trail. There are a couple of adjoining trails also but I didn't take either of them. Super close to south beach state park, which also has good trails. Trailhead is marked but didn't see signage from 101. On SE 50th street , east from 101.

Great trail! It took us about an hour to do, taking a few pictures along the way and also watched a couple eagles. It might be rated “easy” if you are younger. For a senior I’d rate it as moderate. There is some elevation and the entire trail is full of roots growing through it. It is very navigable, though, and there are benches placed throughout if you want to stop and take a break. Beautiful scenery everywhere!

Great trail! As good as it gets. Great educational tool for children.

Great short hike.

Definitely wish I read these reviews before my hike here yesterday. As the rest of the comments suggest, it is very poorly marked. My partner and I went about a mile and half out of the way before we realized we weren’t on the actual trail. We ended up having to go back the way we came because we’re a bit lost. Although this happened I will say it was absolutely gorgeous. If you have the time to navigate a map and don’t mind the overgrowth, this is a wonderful private hike. I will likely go back and try again!

This trail is one of my favorites. It’s an easy walk through the Forrest near the community college. It’s well maintained and has bridges and benches.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The loop that is marked out on the app is very poorly maintained and there are no trail markings. You WILL have to keep your gps on the entire time because, as stated before, there are a lot of intersections and things that look like actual trails that aren't that can get you really turned around if you don't pay close attention and once you start on the trail, you either have to finish it or come back the way you came. I got to a point of the trail that I was a little concerned it wasn't actually a trail anymore because of how overgrown it was and thought I could cut half way through and come back out the way I came because I didn't want to keep fighting off stray branches and fallen trees and bushes and spiderwebs the last 3 miles but I got very lost. The trail doesn't correlate with the map and will not connect you to the correct side of the reservoir so do not make my same mistake. It is extremely lightly trafficked and it could be days before someone comes along if you actually did get lost. It's also worth mentioning that the trail line on the app doesn't always follow what the map says is an actual trail.. I gave this trail 2 stars only for the fact that the reservoir is gorgeous and the trail directly parallel to it is pretty neat. Lastly, if you are a forager, you need a permit to remove any forest products.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hike the section along the lake and found it quite enjoyable. Didn't have time for the entire trail.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

needs some signage. don't start on the locked gate road, start closer to the lake and leave alltrails ON. did 4-5 miles, very little on the real trail.
I would come back to do the loop someday.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

It was a nice hike and the head of the trail was easy to find. However, you have to pay attention to your GPS or it is easy to turn the wrong way. There are a number of different roads and trails that intersect. There wasn't much wildlife but it was a beautiful hike.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

VERY poorly marked. We had to use GPS to find the trail to get out. The lake is beautiful and definitely the highlight of the hike. We ended up hiking over 7 miles due to getting off trail a few times.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Starts out nice and easy, turns into a logging road that is very lightly used and VERY poorly marked. Should bring water and snacks as well as be prepared to do some navigating.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

The trail started very nice, easy to find and follow. About 2 miles in it turns to an old logging road instead of trail. Only went about 3 miles in before turning around due to time. My dog loved the hike, plenty of places for him to jump in the lake and paddle around! Next time I go back I will be bringing my kayak!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Easy little trail with so much to see! There were no pamphlets on the trail, but you can download a PDF version online.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Nice hike didn't do the whole hike do to time. But great bring a backpack some drinks and snacks take yer time. Good for dog too. A few trees in the path but still easy to get around. Lots of people fishing on shore and boat.

Monday, January 30, 2017

This day was a little cooler and cloudy so I didn’t expect any hiking buddies this time. Expecting high 50’s and sun, I got low 50’s and overcast. Still with in my comfort zone. When I arrived there were 4 cars in the parking lot, 2 people fishing, and a group in their car with large clouds of smoke erupting from their cracked windows. So the trail was fairly deserted. Waited around a bit, see if anyone was going to show up, got use to the cold and smoked a pre-hike bowl. No one showed up, so off I went. Once I losing sight of the parking lot my shorts and shirt where stowed in my pack and the naked adventure began.
The hike started out as a double track trail, with an easy uphill grade which followed the reservoir. This soon turned into a signal track trail and dropped to the shore line and across an earth dam.
Started up a ridge keeping a good pace, still a little cold with the sun poking through the clouds. By the time I got to the top the ridge I no longer felt cold.
A wonderful thing starts to happen when you have no distractions, you’re naked in the forest and alone with your thoughts. Almost total silence except for your footsteps, the birds and the wind passing through the trees. No longer man invading nature but man in tune with nature. The cold in no longer a factor, you have gotten used to it or just numb by now.
Listening to the rhythm your foot wind passing through the trees. Bring your self to a state of self-meditation, self-awareness. Just see where your thoughts take you.
This how the rest of the hike went. Go down the ridge, go up the ridge stop look around, and take some pictures. Since I was by myself I did a little exploring turning a 6 mile hike into a 9 mile hike Go down the ridge, go up the ridge, exc.
I didn’t see anybody on the entire hike. When I reached the end of the trail, you have to fallow the road about a half mile to return to the parking lot. It’s now 4:30pm, everyone must be gone by now? Being naked for 4 hours, let’s see if I can get to the car without being seen? Not so lucky, and motor cycle and 2 cars all in succession spotted thrice. At least I arrived to a deserted parking lot.
Even though this was a solo hike, is was still a great hike.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Getting around the downed tree at the start of the trail was not too tough. I love the part of the trail that crosses the lake. Watch out for snakes in the tall grass (non venomous). It can be tricky to know which way to go and I ended up walking 6.88 miles instead of 6.2. The abandoned, half buried car is a little creepy, but the overall ambiance is peaceful. I did this hike in April and didn't see a soul. If you don't like walking uphill, this hike is not for you. The 6.88 (a wrong turn here or there) took me 3 hours. Have fun!

Sunday, March 06, 2016

At the beginning of the trail a tree has come down and taken out a foot bridge. You can get around it if you are willing to scramble a little. There are a lot of trails that branch off and it can be difficult to know where to go.

Monday, February 16, 2015

I really enjoyed my hike around Mike Miller. Contrary to the map posted here, it is a loop. By car from Newport, I followed the sign off the 101 to a curve in the site street. A small parking area and opening in the brush made it clear where to go.
The trail was smooth and packed. I downloaded the PDF available from the Newport Parks website. It made my trip that much more enjoyable. Don't expect to see any people. I didn't see one person on the trail. I saw more wildlife here than anywhere else I've been so far though. Expect to travel through many different frost ecosystems as you move through different bends and hills. A superb, peaceful trail.

mountain biking
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Looked like a nice short ride on a wintery wet day. Technically it's mostly easy double track. Some of the single track brought it up to moderate. As did some of the climbing was steep and sustained. Not a lot of views except at the top of one of the ridges. It was very helpful to have the All Trials GPS trail as I had to backtrack several times on the old logging roads. Credit to the Scouts who developed some of the single track trails. Took about 1.5 hours by bike.

mountain biking
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Looked like a nice short ride on a wintery wet day. Technically it's mostly easy double track. Some of the single track brought it up to moderate. As did some of the climbing was steep and sustained. Not a lot of views except at the top of one of the ridges. It was very helpful to have the All Trials GPS trail as I had to backtrack several times on the old logging roads. Credit to the Scouts who developed some of the single track trails. T

mountain biking
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Looked like a nice short ride on a wintery wet day. Technically it's mostly easy double track. Some of the single track brought it up to moderate. As did some of the climbing was steep and sustained. Not a lot of views except at the top of one of the ridges. It was very helpful to have the All Trials GPS trail as I had to backtrack several times on the old logging roads. Credit to the Scouts who developed some of the single track trails.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

We tested it out today as a run, to see if we could find the trail and maybe ride it in the future. As a run (we are slow runners), it took us 1 hours 37 minutes to complete. We walked the first half mile and the last part along the road.
We love this trail for lots of reasons but we usually take a different turn at about the three mile mark (3.5 miles if you run the whole way). We usually turn sharp left at the fork...errr, trident? This time, we made the right turn and were able to follow the path as indicated by they GPS. Our GPS showed that the route was the same, so it isn't too hard to follow if you stay right almost the whole way not counting the parts before you cross the water. We had one right turn near the end that was not part of the trail so we just turned back.
I'd think it would be great on bikes but lots of up hill, down hill. Perfect for a run or hike. Bring dog water and a dish as the muck puddles will dry up soon and the last half has no water until after you get to the road or back to the reservoir.
EDIT: to correct time to complete

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Light to moderate my eye. took us about 4hrs to go through it. it was definitely fun but I don't think I'd do it again.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Beautiful walk on private property permitted by Georgia Pacific. We did a four-mile out and back. I'm not sure how it loops, we turned around about a mile after the dike after the trail became a logging road. The boys who built the trail as an Eagle Scout project should be commended. It was a joy to walk along the lake on a gorgeous summer afternoon.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A cute and scenic trail that can be very muddy after a rain! Beautiful, tall trees sway and creak in the breeze above a lagoon filled with Newts. Watch out for the adorable, little Salamanders on the trail. A great place to suck in some extremely fresh air on a medium-easy, one mile loop that will get you breathing a little if you're not the adventurous type...and loving the incredible freshness!

BTW - The Emery Trail that Bobbi writes about in her excellent description leads back to NE 50th st down the road from the parking area.

Friday, April 26, 2013

I use this trail a lot with my dogs. It is beautiful. Lots of wildlife. It can be busy especially during first part of fishing and in the summer for the swimming. I love the view of the lake from the front to the back. If you continue on the trail you enter the forest and that is a whole second adventure of beauty and peace. It is a narrow path along the lake hand build by eagle scouts. There is a gated road that you can use walking. You can canoe, electric motor or paddle boat, swim and fish this beautiful lake. It has BBQ pits and picnic tables as well. Fun for the whole family. All the locals do take their dogs so expect this and do have your dogs on leashes.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Today the dogs and I headed out for a short one mile hike, not expecting much as it was posted as an educational trail. I was pleasantly suprised by this hike and we were immediately transported into a different world. It was amazing to be so close to the ocean and feel hundereds of miles away. The trail started out very easy with a solid packed trail, however a short turn around the corner and it seemed the roots of the trees were doubling as a stairway up the hill - amazing! There were sign posts everywhere, I imagine that is the educational part of the trail, however there were no trail maps in the box that explained what I was looking at, no matter, I was intrigued with everything I saw. There were benches along the way that provide travelers with an opportunity to stop and take in the beauty of the trail. As I climbed up the hill with my two little dogs we were suprisingly greeted by a playful white pitbull puppy, but other than that, the trail was deserted - hard to believe! Further up the path we took the option of following the Wilder Trail which added on a little distance - this looked like a newly created trail which rewarded us with a beautiful view of South Beach - the Wilder Trail ended at a new housing development so we headed back the way we came and onto the Mike Miller trail. There were several bridges to cross and near the end we were amazed by a big pond. At one point we were given the opportunity to to head off on the Emery Trail and started that way - it was a dark and very muddy, since I was on my own, well not completely I had Benny and Joon my tiny toy hiking companions at my side, I thought we should turn around and save it for another day. The actual Mike Miller trail was a one mile loop - next time I would be interested to have the trail guide so I could learn about what I was seeing. If you are spending time on the coast of Oregon and want a hike that does not involve sand - this is the hike for you! Keep in mind I am not a professional hiker, so it is not really strenuous or challenging but it is a visual treat! Great for the dogs and would be great for kids as well. Well worth our time and with our expeditions off on the Wilder and Emery trails the total mileage was 1.5 miles in about 50 minutes - mind you we took lots of pictures and walked at a leisurely pace.

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