Threemile Lake South Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A relatively little-used trail leads to the south end of Threemile Lake. The forest through which the trail leads is deep and lush, and the quiet beach at the lakeshore is tempting for overnight camping. Be aware, however, that the trailhead is on a remote road not regularly patrolled, and vandalism (especially to cars left overnight) is more likely to be a problem here than at more well-used trailheads such as that for the north access to Threemile Lake."
--Bonnie Henderson, Day Hiking: Oregon Coast (The Mountaineers Books).
"The trail to the north end of hidden Threemile Lake leads through lush forest, some of the most gorgeous woods on the coast. Hike it round trip, or combine it with a long amble on a remote stretch of beach for one of the most appealing hikes on the Oregon coast."
great hike went to the lake, and to the camp and back, there is a bridge instead of a log to get across now. from the camp on out to the beach looked like hiking in sand, that might seem like a longer hike, plants are fun and the furns are big.
If you hike this trail in the late summer, you can find Chanterelle mushrooms and huckleberries along the trail, and blackberry and peppermint growing under the third bridge. Although I've hiked this several times at different times of the year, I've not encountered the hummingbirds. The guide is a bit off in the description of things, but it's no problem to get where you're going. All in all, a fun little hike on a non-crowded trail.
Great trail through a variety of environs - we arrived when Trillium was in bloom. About 3/5ths of the trail is through dense understory with a wide variety of plant life. We saw bushes growing out of the middle of healthy trees, many varieties of ferns, yellow skunk cabbage, and lots more. We didn't hear or see the expected hummingbirds - probably early yet. Shortly after Three Mile Lake (which looks nice, but doesn't look like water you'd want to swim in), you come to dunes and the beach - nicely UNcrowded. The path back is different from the map included in this guide - instead of a straight shot east, it's more like a longer oblique-shot north by north-east. The signage at the north return from the beach says 1 mile. Think more like 2.5, which is what the trail guide indicates, anyway. The undergrowth and scenery on the south side of the loop were the more interesting. There were a couple of great spots for camping (on a sandy hilltop just past Three Mile Lake), if you felt like hiking in.
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