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Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
40.00 ft (12.19 m)
Trail type
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
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At the southern end of the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor are two nice areas to explore: Lone Ranch Beach and the short hike around Cape Ferrelo, one of the best short hikes in the park.

From the small parking area just off Highway 1, the trail heads out through low trees and brush. In a short while the trees give way to grassy rolling coastal bluffs that offer outstanding views both north and south. The trail meanders around the curving point with many places to sit and admire the scenery. On the south side of the cape there is a great view of Lone Ranch Beach and beyond to Brookings and California. Be sure to stop at the marvelous hilltop bench to take in a bit more of the beauty before heading back across the cape to the parking area. There is also a trail the branches off to the south below the bench that leads to Lone Ranch Beach and beyond.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


An easy, flat hike. Marvelous views. Wildflowers in season.



Trailhead Elevation

145.00 ft (44.20 m)


Whale watching
Bird watching
Big vistas


Nearby Adventures

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon
Ludlum House Recreation Area


First trail we took on our day trip to Samuel P. Boardman Scenic Corridor, and it was absolutely stunning! We took the trail on the right side of the parking lot down to the beach and we only ran into a couple people traveling among the coastal trail. We had the beach to ourselves on a foggy, yet fairly warm day. The trail was a fairly easy hike, although if you have a smaller dog, you might have to carry it for quite a bit of the hike as the taller grass and plants kept smacking my dog in the face. Regardless, it was a stunning destination and it is a must see.
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