The Oregon coast is filled with beaches – if you know where they are and how to get to them. The Beaver State is filled with rolling hills and gorgeous scenery that just begs for exploration and long hikes. Trails of all kinds crisscross the state from the coast all the way inland and vary from easy walks out to day-long hikes to secluded beaches. The forests, dunes, and tide pools that dot the coast can provide you with some of the best experiences in the Pacific Northwest. Here are a few of the most memorable examples of trails to the Oregon Coast.
This mountain trail is about 5 miles long and leads from the nearby town of manzanita all the way to the southern trailhead below. There are two major treks you can make, either from the trailhead below or from the gorgeous Nehalem Bay. Either direction will provide you with an incredible view of the ocean alongside access to crystal waters.
This wonderful trail is well-maintained by The Nature Conservancy, an international nonprofit group. This trail is right by Lincoln City and spreads along with the split between the North and Central Oregon Coasts. It’s nearly 7 miles of stunning views in the midst of nature, and you’d be missing out if you didn’t check out the route if you’re nearby.
This trail’s name comes from Amanda De-Cuys, a Native American who was marched along the coastline by U.S. “Indian Agents.” It’s a dark history, but worth honoring and not forgetting. This trail honors the memory of those people and provides a more somber experience. This trail begins near US 101 at the Yachats Ocean Road State Natural Site and opens up at top of Cape Perpetua.
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area has quite a few spots open for hiking, but Dellenback Dunes is an iconic site for photographers and hikers alike. If you ever find yourself near Reedsport, this trail provides wonderful views of the ever-shifting sandy landscape. The 5.5-mile distance may sound easy, but the sands will make this more challenging than you may expect, so plan accordingly.