Blacklock Point

Denmark, Oregon 97476

Blacklock Point

Blacklock Point Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Blacklock Point was described from the north, starting from Floras Lake. Unfortunately, that hike, while still feasible, has been made less enjoyable by severe erosion that has wiped out several sections of trail and by seasonal beach closures imposed to protect the nesting sites of the threatened snowy plover. It is now better to start this trip from the east, at the tiny Cape Blanco State Airport.

This shorter approach avoids the beach and features fewer views along the way, but it includes a fun forest hike and the destination remains outstanding. Many past visitors consider little-known Blacklock Point the best-kept secret on the Oregon coast. With its tall, orange sandstone cliffs, dozens of off-shore rocks, bright May-blooming wildflowers, and hidden waterfall, you’ll find it easy to agree with that opinion."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hiking Oregon Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Bonnie Henderson
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"A remote shoreline bluff with solitude, spectacular ocean vistas, a waterfall plunging into the ocean: Blacklock Point is a find. But first you have to find it. It is part of undeveloped Floras Lake State Natural Area; there are no signs pointing to it from US 101, and trails are minimally maintained." Read more
Day Hiking: Oregon Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Bonnie Henderson
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"One local resident characterizes Blacklock Point as “the land of the lost” or “the Land of Oz.” Even if you don’t get lost, the place has that kind of feel to it—like you might encounter winged monkeys or fighting trees. Officially designated Floras Lake State Natural Area, Blacklock Point has never been developed, and though it now has a network of trails, they wind rather confusingly through a dense mix of shore pine and salal. Trail signs help, as does the map in this book. What’s the appeal? Well, one reason is that you’re unlikely to encounter another hiker, and the whole area has a mysterious, remote, wild feel. (The airport is occasionally used by private pilots; the only time you’re likely to meet a crowd is July Fourth weekend, when there are car races at Cape Blanco State Airport.) The main trailhead is at the airport, but the trail system is accessible from beaches to the north or south as part of the Oregon Coast Trail route; consider a one-day or longer backpacking trip between Floras Lake and Cape Blanco. These trails are open to mountain biking as well as hiking." Read more

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1/24/2011
I have hiked this from Floras Lake to the airport and back. Flat, easy hiking through the forest with nice offshoot trails leading to awesome overlooks of the ocean. Blacklock Point is spectacular.
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10/1/2007
I go to coastal Oregon twice a year and this path will go on my greatest hits list, in part because no one was there, and in part because it is a lovely, gentle walk in through many kinds of vegetation and a wealth of bird life (and frog life). At the end of the path one can walk around the point for spectacular views and a picnic, or down on the beach for miles of gorgeous black sand and driftwood.
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Trail Information

Denmark
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
5.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
All year (but trails are very muddy and may be flooded in winter)
Season
Hiking, Biking
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
Features
USGS Cape Blanco, Floras Lake
Local Maps

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Dec 2018