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Nehalem Jetty Trail

Northern Oregon Coast, Oregon

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Nehalem Jetty Trail

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  • The Nehalem Jetty Trail.- Nehalem Jetty Trail
  • The trail is great for bikes and horses.- Nehalem Jetty Trail
  • Nehalem Bay at the end of the spit.- Nehalem Jetty Trail
  • Looking out to the Nehalem River mouth.- Nehalem Jetty Trail
  • North jetty.- Nehalem Jetty Trail
  • Looking north from the jetty.- Nehalem Jetty Trail
  • Nehalem State Park beach.- Nehalem Jetty Trail
  • Driftwood logs line the beach.- Nehalem Jetty Trail
  • Solitude is easy to find at the jetty end of the beach.- Nehalem Jetty Trail
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Pros: 
Not a crowded trail. Beautiful views at the end of the spit. Solitary beach.
Cons: 
Much of the jetty trail is monotonous with no ocean views.
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Region:
Northern Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
10.00 ft (3.05 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Nehalem Bay State Park is a wonderful park on the Oregon coast that offers over 5 miles of beach, access to Nehalem Bay, one of the largest campgrounds in Oregon and many options for the hiker or bike rider. One tempting option is the trail out to the end of Nehalem spit to the river and the jetties that guard its mouth. This trail is level and wide and leads to some great views at the river and access to wide stretches of isolated and beautiful beach.

The trail starts just past the horse camp area at the end of the park road and follows the narrow peninsula between Nehalem Bay and the beach for about 2 miles. The trail is likely a remnant of the construction of the jetties and was not designed for its scenic value. In fact, there are no views of the ocean or the bay for the entire stretch, and the sound of the breaking waves is a tantalizing presence during the hike. Once at the end of the spit, hikers can either backtrack on the trail or round the spit to the beach and hike back north to the trail that connects to the parking area near the trailhead. This stretch of beach is wonderfully empty and beautiful. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the entire beach as long as they are under voice control.

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