Oregon Dunes Loop

Tahkenitch Lake, Oregon

0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
0 Reviews
0 out of 5
This fun and fascinating trail involves sliding down the face of a sand dune and then hiking a mile across the sand to the ocean. The trail follows a classic Oregon Coast dunes profile, beginning in the high and mostly barren dunes and then dropping steeply down to a sandy basin (“deflation plain”), on which there grows a dense but stunted forest. The trail then emerges into a foredune area of much lower dunes, with a fairly dense cover of European beach grass, before reaching the beach. Most trails are designed to be safe and prudent. The Oregon Dunes Trail—at the beginning, at least—is designed to be pure fun. The path’s initial segment climbs a stairway to the top of the highest sand dune and then drops abruptly over a nearly vertical (and slightly scary) sand slope down to a trail marker, far below, in the middle of a sandy basin.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Eugene, Oregon

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Best Easy Day Hikes: Eugene, Oregon

by Art Bernstein, Lynn Bernstein (Falcon Guides)

This fun and fascinating trail involves sliding down the face of a sand dune and then hiking a mile across the sand to the ocean. The trail follows a classic Oregon Coast dunes profile, beginning in the high and mostly barren dunes and then dropping steeply down to a sandy basin (“deflation plain”), on which there grows a dense but stunted forest. The trail then emerges into a foredune area of much lower dunes, with a fairly dense cover of European beach grass, before reaching the beach.

Most trails are designed to be safe and prudent. The Oregon Dunes Trail—at the beginning, at least—is designed to be pure fun. The path’s initial segment climbs a stairway to the top of the highest sand dune and then drops abruptly over a nearly vertical (and slightly scary) sand slope down to a trail marker, far below, in the middle of a sandy basin.

© 2011 Art Bernstein, Lynn Bernstein/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tahkenitch Lake
Distance: 2.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours
Season: Any. Expect heavy rain and high surf in winter. The trail through the deflation plain may not be passable in winter and spring due to standing water (suggest rubber boots). Ask a ranger at the Oregon Dunes Information Center in Reedsport if the trail is passable.
Local Contacts: Siuslaw National Forest
Local Maps: Siuslaw National Forest, USGS–Tahkenitch Creek. Excellent detail maps available at the Oregon Dunes Visitor Center in Reedsport.
Driving Directions: Directions to Oregon Dunes Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

There are no reviews for this trail.

Trail Photos

Keep Me Informed

Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from Trails.com to your inbox.

Sign me up!

We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.

Nearby Trails

Activity Feed

Apr 2018