Yachats 804 Trail

Yachats, Oregon 97498

Yachats 804 Trail

Yachats 804 Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trail is named for the county road right-of-way upon which is built. Its main attraction is a long, wave-sculpted shelf of sandstone north of Smelt Sands.

With chasms and blowholes that, at high tide, shoot seawater into the air with the pulse of the waves. The trail's compacted gravel surface makes it passable for wheelchairs."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hiking: Oregon Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Bonnie Henderson
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"Yachats 804 Trail follows the route of a county road dedicated in 1890 but abandoned in the 1930s. Local residents fought all the way to the Oregon Supreme Court to return the portion north of Smelt Sands to public use in the late 1980s; in 2004, the southern section—mostly following Ocean View Drive—reopened to the public as well. The trail’s main attraction is a long, wave-sculpted shelf of sandstone north of Smelt Sands, with chasms and blowholes that, at high tide, shoot seawater into the air with the pulse of the waves. The trail’s compacted gravel surface makes it passable for wheelchairs. The rocks and cliffs are fun to explore, though they’re slippery when wet and potentially dangerous during storms." Read more
Driving the Pacific Coast: Oregon & Washington (Insiders' Guide)
Kathy Strong (Editor)
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"Yachats (yah-hots) is a corruption of the Chinook word yahuts, meaning “dark waters at the foot of the mountain,” which is certainly descriptive of this area where the Coast Range abuts the ocean in an unyielding tumult of relentless surf against basalt bastions. On a calm day it can be an exciting contest to witness; in stormy weather it is awesome. Consequently, this is a favorite stretch of coastline for watching winter storms. It is equally popular for hiking, biking, and auto touring in the summer. That more than fifteen motels serve such a small community should attest to the area’s importance as a resort destination. The 22-mile trip with sixteen planned stops takes at least one hour, but you could easily devote a half day or more. This eTrail includes information on lodging, campgrounds, RV parks, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and outdoor activities near these coastal cities." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Oregon's North Coast (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"This short route, part of the Oregon Coast Trail system, takes you along a scenic section of rocky coastline in Yachats and then hits the beach, where you can enjoy the crashing surf and view abundant wildlife. You’ll enjoy the crashing waves and fresh sea breeze on this short, scenic trail located in the 3.9-acre Smelt Sands State Recreation Area, just north of the cozy community of Yachats (pronounced Yah-hots). The paved path parallels a stretch of rocky coastline that is made up of basalt, siltstone, and sandstone.This windblown trail is lined with salal, thimbleberry, and small Sitka spruce trees as well as less common ladies’ tresses, golden-eyed grass, and leather grape fern. Scattered hotels are located just off the trail but do not cause too much of a distraction." Read more

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8/4/2009
Vey nice beach hike. About 3 miles out and back. The first half is through the beach plants located close to beach. The second half of the hike is on the beach itself.
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2/18/2006
Very nice walk along the coast. There are several opportunities to view tide pools. We had a unique experience because it was snowing along the trail which rarely happens along this stretch of coastline.
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Trail Information

Yachats
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
1.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
30 minutes
Duration
Year-round
Season
Hiking
Additional Use
Smelt Sands State Recreation Site
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Dec 2018