Oregon Dunes Loop Hike

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Central Oregon Coast, Oregon

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Oregon Dunes Loop Hike

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  • Starting point for the dune trails.- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • View from the upper switchbacks.- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • Ammophila species beachgrasses are invasive plants.- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • Junction for the full loop trail.- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • The vegetation between the dunes is quite varied.- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • At last--the beach!- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • Typical large driftwood log on the beach.- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • Heading south along the beach leaves most hikers behind.- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • The hike along the beach is marvelous.- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • Beach treasures.- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • Entrance to the return loop trail.- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • Beginning the trek back into the dunes.- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • - Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • These mycena mushrooms resemble tiny umbrellas!- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • The trail markers are a welcome sight.- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
  • Almost back to the day use area, barely visible above.- Oregon Dunes Loop Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Varied scenery. Wild landscape. Isolated beach walk.
Cons: 
Deep sand makes for some tough hiking.
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Region:
Central Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
130.00 ft (39.62 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
4.60 mi (7.40 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
130.00 ft (39.62 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Visitors to the Oregon Dunes Day Use Area marvel at the beautiful wind-carved hills and valleys of sand below, and they often see the tiny forms of hikers traversing the sand in the distance. For those with a few hours to spare, the hiking trails from the day use area offer marvelous options to really experience this unique environment up close.

From this trailhead there are two main options. The 2-mile round-trip out to the beach and back is fairly easy and also fairly popular. Those who want a longer hike and more solitude will really enjoy the full loop hike. The hikes share the first leg along a fairly-level and hard-packed trail to the beach. The full loop involves walking south along the beach for about 1.5 miles to the obvious exit point through the dunes. From here the trail crosses an area of shrubs and trees that is fairly easy before entering the open dunes following large post markers. Much of this last 2-mile leg is walking through deep sand, and it can get somewhat tiring, but the dunes are magnificent and the experience is definitely memorable.

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