Thunder Rock Cove

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

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  • The beginning of the short trail to Thunder Rock Cove.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • The trail has several small switchbacks.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Thunder Rock Cove in the late afternoon.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Natural arch in Thunder Rock Cove.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • A beach only accessible during very low tides.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Seaweed sways in turquoise waters under beams of light.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Great views of the Oregon Coast from the point of the cove.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Closer view of the coastline to the south.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • The entire trail is well forested.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Large ferns growing along the trail.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • Secret Beach is nestled below the cliffs.- Thunder Rock Cove
  • A trail also leads to Secret Beach from this trail.- Thunder Rock Cove
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Thundering cove. Great views.
Cons: 
None.
Region:
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Total Distance: 
0.80 mi (1.29 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
220 ft (67 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
200 ft (61 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back/Loop
Dogs allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions

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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The trail to Thunder Rock Cove in Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is a short 0.8 miles with little elevation change, making it a great stroll along the Oregon coastal cliffs. From the trail there are great views to the north and south as well as down to Secret Beach, which is accessed via a spur from the trail to Thunder Rock Cove. But the main attraction is Thunder Rock Cove, a small cove sheltered by sheer cliffs complete with a natural arch and a very noisy sea cave.

When a large wave enters the cove, it wraps around into a sea cave set into the cliff. Large amounts of water and surrounding air are forced into the back of the cave, creating a lot of pressure. When the wave hits the back and when forces on the air and water cannot push any further, the wave and air are expelled backwards and create a thundering sound that reverberates through the rock on occasion. On a calm day this sound is still audible with the occasional wave, but it is much more pronounced during large swells and storms.

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