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Pets allowed
Yes-restrictions
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
0.80 mi (1.29 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Thundering cove. Great views.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

220.00 ft (67.06 m)

Net Elevation Gain

200.00 ft (60.96 m)

Address

Oregon Coast Hwy
21593
Brookings, OR 97415
United States

Features

Whale watching
Wildlife
Bird watching
Big vistas
Geologically significant

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor
Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

Comments

09/25/2018
I love the views here. Some of the best in the park!
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