Sunset Bay State Park to Humbug Mountain State Park

Shuttle • 57 mi • 0 ft

Leaving Sunset Bay State Park, the route heads away from the coast and climbs to the ridge tops to catch sweeping views of Oregon’s coastal forest and South Slough Estuary. The tranquility of the ridge crest is followed by a screaming descent back to sea level, where the route returns to US 101 after 18.9 peaceful miles—but not for long. The bike route sticks with US 101 for just 2.7 miles before heading off again, this time for a tour along a spectacular section of sea stack–dotted coast at Bandon. Overlooks, state parks, and numerous access points to this unusual beach tempt riders to abandon their journey and explore. Beyond Bandon, the bike route returns to US 101 and follows it over rolling, grassy hills miles inland from the coast. This is prime rangeland for cows, horses, sheep, goats, and even llamas. It’s also excellent riding country, and miles fly by without the distraction of waysides and scenic overlooks. Humbug Mountain State Park, the day’s destination, has a treat for saddle-sore cyclists: a 2.5-mile hiking trail up Humbug Mountain. This trail is an excellent afternoon walk and the destination is a high vantage point with views south along the coast. Or you may walk north from the park on an abandoned portion of the Old Coast Highway. The road climbs up a small hill to a viewpoint of the coast and US 101, a great place to watch the sunset.
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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Charleston
Length: 57 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
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