Oregon Dunes Loop Trail

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon

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Oregon Dunes Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Douglas County, Oregon. It is within Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 2 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 68 feet.
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Oregon Dunes Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Douglas County, Oregon. It is within Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 2 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 68 feet. This trail connects with the following: Oregon Dunes Loop Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Distance: 0.6
Elevation Gain: 68 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2 feet
Top Elevation: 54 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Oregon Dunes Loop Trail
Parks: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Elevation Min/Max: 2/54 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2/2 ft

Oregon Dunes Loop Trail Professional Reviews and 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. 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. To get to the marker, you have to slide down the dune face. Don’t worry, though; there’s an alternate, much easier route back up, which is why this is called a “loop.”

If you don’t have a harness for your dog, use the paved path by the restrooms to access the dunes for either an “out and back” hike or a loop in the opposite direction, climbing the biggest dune, rather than sliding down it."

"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."

"Tourists traveling the Oregon coast can stop at this day-use area for a quick overview of the dunes before motoring on. Better yet, park and walk to the beach on one of the most interesting short trails in the dunes. Return as you came, or walk down the beach to make a loop return on an alternate trail.

To reach the beach, bear right with the posts to enter the deflation plain, which the trail crosses with help from small bridges. Climbing over the foredune, the trail reaches the beach at 1 mile.

For a longer 4.5-mile loop hike, walk south along the beach for 1.5 miles until you see a trail post (if you reach Tahkenitch Creek, you’ve gone too far). Follow the trail as it climbs over the foredune, crosses a footbridge, and leads up into a tree island of shore pines. From here, posts mark the way north across open dunes to another tree island about 1 mile from the beach and then back on open sand."

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May 2018