Tahkenitch Creek Trail

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon

Distance2.2mi
Elevation Gain294ft
Trailhead Elevation44ft
Top45ft
Elevation Min/Max13/45ft
Elevation Start/End44/44ft

Tahkenitch Creek Trail

Tahkenitch Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Douglas County, Oregon. It is within Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 44 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 294 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms, parking, and a waste basket. Along the trail there is a sand. This trail connects with the following: Tahkenitch Dunes Trail and Tahkenitch Creek Trail.

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"This pleasant loop takes you through a coastal dune environment along picturesque Tahkenitch Creek in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. This short loop hike is one of three loop hikes that you can try from the Tahkenitch trailhead. This route covers 1.5 miles; the other optional routes are 2.5 and 4.0 miles long. You can also hike to the beach and hook up with the Tahkenitch Dunes Trail (see the trail map).

You’ll start this route by walking through thick coastal woodland dotted with pink-flowered rhododendrons and blue-berried salal. Soon you’ll arrive at a nice viewpoint of smooth-flowing Tahkenitch Creek at a footbridge spanning the creek. Look for minks, otters, ducks, and geese. After 0.4 mile you’ll begin the loop portion of the hike."

"This pleasant loop takes you through a coastal dune environment along picturesque Tahkenitch Creek in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area."

"This pleasant loop route takes you through a coastal dune environment along picturesque Tahkenitch Creek in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Trail surface: Forest path and sandy trail.

This short loop hike is one of three loop hikes that you can try from the Tahkenitch trailhead. This route covers 1.5 miles, and the other optional routes are 2.5 and 4 miles long.You can also hike to the beach and hook up with the Tahkenitch Dunes Trail."

"On its way from Tahkenitch Lake to the ocean, Tahkenitch Creek twists and turns through the dunes, curving north and then south before meeting the sea.

A trail system has been built inside the embrace of Tahkenitch Creek. Anglers use it to get to the creek’s bank; for others, it provides easy walking through a dramatic landscape of forest, marsh, and open dunes."

"The trail from Tahkenitch Campground to the beach is one of many—a bit longer than most— leading across the dunes to the beach. Its main appeal is the link it provides to Threemile Lake Trail."

"This 1,645-acre coastal lake has a rather extensive shoreline with lots of narrow arms and bays, along with a reputation as a good largemouth bass fishery. Because the water here is clearer than at Siltcoos Lake to the north, the bass can be a bit hard to catch.

Anglers will also find bluegill, black crappie, yellow perch, sea-run cutthroat trout, and rainbow trout plying these waters. The largemouth here average around 2 pounds—a bit smaller than bass in nearby Siltcoos, reflecting this lake’s somewhat lesser productivity. Key Species: largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, yellow perch, sea-run cutthroat trout, rainbow trout."

"On its way from Tahkenitch Lake to the ocean, Tahkenitch Creek twists and turns through the dunes. A trail system twists and loops to follow the creek's easy bank and final few miles through a landscape of forest, marsh, and open dunes.

The main route can be confusing to follow due to numerous informal trails through the sand and erosion that has eliminated a portion of the trail, creating dangling trail spurs. Fortunately, the trail system is well signed. The mouth of Tahkenitch Creek is remote and lovely; depending on the season and time of day, expect to see shorebirds on the sand, kingfishers in the estuary, or coho salmon struggling across the creek mouth to spawn upstream."

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Trail Information

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Nearby City
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Camping
Additional Use
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Siuslaw National Forest
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Oct 2018