The most adventurous and challenging of all the marked routes in Oregon Dunes NRA is John Dellenback Trail across Umpqua Dunes to the beach. It begins on a reasonable enough interpretive loop trail, with a spur to campsites at Eel Creek Campground. Then the trail ends and the real adventure begins: crossing the widest swath of open dunes on the Oregon coast, with help from a few widely scattered wooden posts.
Hikers need to stay on their toes and do a little common-sense orienteering to get back to where they started. The elevation gain (125 feet) is just the rise from the parking lot to the edge of the open dunes; you could easily quadruple that figure hiking up and down the open dunes. Pick a fair-weather day for this one—preferably a morning before the wind comes up.
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