China Beach

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

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China Beach


  • The hike to China Beach is along the Oregon Coast Trail.- China Beach
  • A seemingly dead and decaying forest actually is still growing.- China Beach
  • Heading downward to the beach.- China Beach
  • One of several switchbacks.- China Beach
  • The first view of the beach.- China Beach
  • First look at the beach.- China Beach
  • The only footprints on this beach.- China Beach
  • Driftwood shelter tucked against a cliff.- China Beach
  • The northern section of the beach shrouded in fog.- China Beach
  • A small stream flows through the beach.- China Beach
  • Reflection of the cliffs in wet sand.- China Beach
  • Fog hangs over the beach.- China Beach
  • A long dead tree juts straight out of the cliffside. - China Beach
  • A cormorant enjoys the beach.- China Beach
  • Jelly washed up on the beach.- China Beach
  • Several sharp sea stacks sit out in the ocean.- China Beach
  • The trail that leads down to the beach.- China Beach
Overview + Weather
Long isolated beach. Solitude.
Steep access trail.
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


China Beach is a long and open beach found within the otherwise rugged Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. It is also perhaps the least visited. Here large cliffs topped with trees tower over the wide beach for much of its length. Off shore a number of sea stacks jut out of ocean, many of them resembling razor sharp teeth made of rock. The length of the beach and the lack of visitors make this an awesome place to comb the beaches for driftwood, shells, and other items. To observe the beach from one of the nearby cliffs, take the short walk to North Island Viewpoint.

In order to enjoy the beauty and the solitude of this beach, adventurers will have to hike 1.2 miles round trip and gain a net elevation of 500 feet (mostly on the return). The trail begins at the sign for North Island Trail Viewpoint and first descends slightly through an eerie and bare forest. Soon the vegetation around the trail becomes more lush, with tall ferns overhanging the trail. Halfway there, the trail takes a turn left and descends. Very near the end the trail opens up from the overhanging trees and the ocean is in plain view. A few hundred more feet and you will be enjoying the soft sand of China Beach.

China Beach is also accessed from any other location which the Oregon Coast Trail passes through, since this trail lies along the beach. The shortest and easiest access point, however, is the North Island Trail Viewpoint. Access to China Beach in the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is made possible due to efforts made during the 1930s when the Oregon Coast Highway was completed. Long before this, however, Native Americans carved trails along the coast in order to trade and hunt. Following them were settlers and fortune seekers who walked some of the same beaten paths. It wasn't until the 1980s that the official Oregon Coast Trail was completed, allowing modern adventurers to follow the entire Oregon coast on foot.

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