Hiking Trails

Azalea Park w/'KidTown'. Driving Directions: From the south, turn right at the first street(Constitution Ave) past the Chetco River overpass on Hwy 101; Turn left on North Bank Chetco River rd; Azalea Park is on the right a few hundred feet up the road.
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Oregon Coast Trail: From Brookings To Gold Beach... The Oregon Coast Trail In Curry County the stretch of coastline between Brookings and Gold Beach...easily the most beautiful and dramatic coastline I have ever seen! The Oregon Coast Trail will eventually traverse the entire coast from California to Washington. Over 300 miles are now in use. many on the beach. Note: Harris Beach State Park is the first area of Coastal Access north of Brookings. Because of it's popularity, it has it's own Tour Page. Lone Ranch Beach, a few miles farther north, also offers easy beach access, restrooms, and picnic tables. Completed or nearly completed sections in Curry County start at Cape Ferrelo and go to a point just north of Humbug State Park.

Redwood Trail: Driving Directions: From Highway 101 in Brookings go 8 miles east on North Bank Chetco River Road. The Redwood Trail is on the left about 3/4 miles past Loeb State Park.
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Cape Ferrelo To House Rock Viewpoint - 1 1/2 miles. Easy. The trail heads north from the cape parking lot through open grassy areas and then into wooded areas. Except for a short slide area that continually goes out, the hike is an easy one.

House Rock Viewpoint to Whalehead Park - 2 1/2 to 3 miles. Moderate. The trail leaves from the NW corner of the parking lot. In a short distance it comes back to hwy 101 before heading through grassy slopes to the beach. The last half of the trail is along the beach to Whalehead Park. Note: Whaleshead is one of the few accesible beaches on this stretch of coast. There are restrooms and a wide open beach that is good for exploring and beachcombing. The Whaleshead viewpoint is good for a quick view of the scenery, while the State Park, a little to the North, offers bathrooms, picnic tables, and easy acces to the beach.

Whalehead Loop - 1 mile. Easy to Moderate. The trail begins where the Whalehead Park access road joins 101. The first part is steep but it levels out once you've gained the heights. You return to 101 about 500 steps from where you started. Note: The Indian Sands Viewpoint offers a fantastic view to the north from the parking lot. The trail from the Indian Sands Viewpoint down to the ocean is also highly recommended

Indian Sands Section - 1 to 1 1/2 miles. Easy to Moderate. There is a wide spot along Hwy 101 to park at the south end of the trail. The trail goes through woods and then a panorama of sand, sculptured sandstone and breathtaking coves and arches come into view. Indian Middens may be found, but they are protected by law, so do not dig. Shortly after entering the sandy area, a trail heads up a steep hill to the Indian Sands parking area. To go further north, follow the trail along the upper end of the sand. It drops over a small saddle a

Highway 101 to Thomas Creek Bridge - 1/2 mile. Easy to Moderate. The trail leaves 101 and swings around a steep. nearly open hillside, plunges through a spruce forest, and traverses around the head of a draw and goes toward the south Thomas Creek parking area. A side trail leads to a spot below the bridge where great photo opportunities await. Note: The Thomas Creek Bridge is the highest bridge in Oregon at 345 feet.

Thomas Creek Bridge to North Islands Viewpoint - 1/2 mile. Easy. The trail leaves 101 at the northwest corner of the bridge. After a short trek through wooded areas, it opens into small grassy areas before going back to 101 at North Islands Viewpoint. The trail extends on from North Islands and rejoins 101 about 1/2 mile north. Note: The open grassy area is one of the most beautiful spots on the Coast Trail... explore and you will find surprises...Also, the trail that heads north from North Islands Viewpoint leads you to a very large secluded beach...this is a fairly rough hike back up though, and at places the trail is overgrown...about a mile each way.

Oregon Redwoods Trail, Siskiyou National Forest
Length 1.7 mi · Climbing 280 ft

The Oregon Redwood Trail is a short loop through a mixed-species upland forest that includes some small old-growth redwoods. The trail consists of a wheelchair-accessible ridgetop portion that leads to a cluster of perhaps half a dozen mid-sized redwoods, and a longer portion that descends a hillside to a second, more widely-scattered collection of mid-sized redwoods.

The trail is one of only two old-growth redwood groves in Oregon. Compared to the spectacular redwood parks just a 15-minute drive to the south, however, the scenery here is rather underwhelming. By and large the redwoods are strikingly small, and most of the trees are not redwoods. Especially as you descend off the ridge, the forest looks for all the world like recently-logged second growth, with most of the trees being only a few inches in diameter. Unlike a second growth forest, however, the trees aren't sprouting in clumps from stumps but are evenly distributed around the forest floor, and there's an occasional larger tree.

The trail is very well built and maintained.

Directions:

Here's the trailhead location in Google Maps.

The grove is easy to find since promenent "Oregon Redwood Trail" signs direct you to the grove from Highway One. The signs have, I'm sure, deceived many tourists hoping to see monster trees into taking the arduous drive up to the little grove.

From Highway One, take the very pretty Winchuck River Road past strikingly green dairy fields and a placid river. Just after a picturesque barn, turn right onto Road 1101. The narrow, potholed, single-lane dirt road winds 4 miles up Peavine Ridge through attractive woods. The drive from Highway One takes about 25 minutes. There don't seem to be any turnouts, but fortunately few people use the road so you're not likely to meet anyone coming the other way. There's a nice big parking lot and an outhouse at the end of the road.

Hike description

From the parking lot, the trail dives into the woods and almost immediately splits. Take the left-hand branch, which switchbacks down a hill covered with small redwoods, a groundcover of sorrel and ferns, and a bright green understory of huckleberry and rhododendron. Look closely and you may see an occasional redwood that's a decent size, maybe 4 or 5 feet in diameter. These larger redwoods are most common around the low point of the trail.

As the trail starts to climb back up the hill, it passes through a dense grove of tiny, dark brown redwoods. This area doesn't have the huckleberry and rhododendron understory so it doesn't seem as lush and green, although it does have lots of ferns. It's tempting to think that logging is responsible for its appearance, but there are no obvious signs of logging.

When the trail reaches the ridge, the woods become much brighter and more scenic; the redwoods are an attractive light grey color and the understory a light green. The little loop on top of the ridge has perhaps the biggest trees of the hike; there's even a wheelchair-accessible goosepen tree.

Return along the ridge to the parking lot.

Spruce Creek to Horse Prairie Creek - 1/2 mile. Easy. The trail leaves 101 about 1/4 mile north of Spruce creek. The trail winds through a wooded area before traversing the slope on a narrow trail above a secluded cove. Note: This hike seemd more like 1/4 mile...about halfway through is a wonderful view of the georgeous secluded cove mentioned above...a nice little hike.

Horse Prairie Creek to Natural Bridge - 1/2 mile. Easy to Moderate. A grassy flat is the south access to this woodsy trail that ends at Natural Bridge Viewpoint.  Note: The Natural Bridge Viewpoint is a must see! It's only a short walk to the view of the Natural Bridge. The hike from the Natural Bridge parking area down to the Natural Bridge is often steep, and at times scary if you're afraid of heights, but is well worth the effort.

Natural Bridge to Thunder Rock Cove - 1/2 mile. Moderate. The trail leaves the north end of the parking area and goes through some beautiful wooded areas. Near the beginning is a fork with the left trail dead-ending at a scenic viewpoint.The right fork follows the Oregon Coast Trail and forks again. The left fork is the scenic route to the bluff overlooking another secluded cove, while the trail straight ahead is a short route back to hwy 101.

Thunder Rock Cove to Miner Creek - 3/4 mile. Easy to Moderate. This portion is actually 3 hikes that can be delightful hikes by themselves or can be combined into a longer hike.  This section takes you above and to one of the most beautiful and isolated beaches in the area, known to some as "Secret Beach", but no longer much of a secret. Again you have two trails from which to choose. Shortly after the beginning of the trail the left fork switchbacks down to another secluded cove and along the bluff above a portion of "Secret Beach". The straight ahead trail can be used as a loop to come back from the scenic route. The second segment is the trail that goes on to Miner Creek where you enter "Secret Beach". From Miner Creek an old "cat" road provides one way back to 101, but the trail itself goes through the woods and back to 101 a little north of the third segment of this interesting section.

Miner Creek to Spruce Islands Viewpoint - 1/2 mile. Moderate to Difficult. When this was written, this segment was still under consrtruction but it can be negotiated. Shortly after starting at the south end, the trail drops down steeply to the bench above the ocean. This is the difficult part. The balance is a moderate hike back to 101 at the parking area at Spruce Islands Viewpoint. Note: The Arch Rock Viewpoint just north of the Spruce Island Viewpoint is a perfect spot to stop for a break while driving...there are picnic benches, beautiful views, (overly) friendly squirrels to entertain the kids, restrooms, and a short loop trail.

Pistol River Sand Dunes to Pistol River - 1 mile. Easy to Moderate. This is a good area for just doing some exploring. The trail leaves 101 on a road that is blocked with a pile of rubble to discourage vehicle entry. The blocked road is about 1/4 mile from the end of the southbound passing lane just south of the Pistol River. The hiking trail wanders through the stabilized sand areas and then through and into the dunes themselves. The trail disappears in the sand and until it is repaired, hikers should either back-track or cross-country to the north where they will eventually reach Pistol River.

Pistol River To Cape Sebastian - 2 miles(?). Easy. The trail follows the beach to the base of Cape Sebastian at Hunter's Cove. Several Access points allow you to leave this segment and rejoin hwy 101. Note: Pistol River State Beach offers beautiful views, a long sandy beach, good beachcombing, and excellent windsurfing. This is the first easy beach access since Whaleshead.

Cape Sebastian Trail - 1 1/2 mile. Easy to moderate. From the south parking lot of Cape Sebastian Viewpoint: The trail leads out to the bluff, offering georgeous views along the way. The majority of the trail is a drop to the water that is heavily forested and therefore well shaded and cool. Some fabulous sandstone formations await you at the water and offer an ideal place to relax and explore. The trail then leads along Hunter's Cove to Pistol River State Beach. Note: The view from The Cape Sebastian south parking lot is fabulous! There is a porta-potty along the road to the parking area.
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Harris Beach State Park. Harris Beach State Park is on the northwest end of Brookings on Hwy 101. Harris Beach State Park 1655 Hwy. 101, Brookings, OR 97415; (541)469-2021. On U.S. 101 just north of Brookings. Free day use area with picnic tables. Hiking trails. Campground open year round. Dump station for RV's. Wheelchair accesable sites. Campsites: 4 yurts; 66 tent sites; 52 electrical sites; and 34 trailer spaces with full utility hookups. The campsite also features a Hiker/biker camp. Hot Showers are available to all campers. Public phones and firewood are available. Even cable TV hookup are at selected sites. Call Reservations Northwest for reservations: 1-800-452-5687.
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Salmonn Run 18-hole Championship Golf Course. (541) 469-4888 Toll Free (877) 423-1234 Email: info@salmonrun.net or 99040 South Bank Chetco River Rd, Brookings, OR 97415 A view from the Professional Tee at Salmon Run's signature 4th hole. The shot measures 160 yards and plays approximately 145 yards; as there is a 100 foot elevation drop. This is one of the most beautiful and exciting golf holes in all of Oregon! Directions: From Highway 101 North or South in Brookings, Oregon take the South Bank Chetco River Road turnoff. Follow the South Bank Chetco River approximately 3 miles. Salmon Run is located on the right side of the road. Juniors are 17 and under Age 15 and under must be accompanied be an adult. Children under 7 not allowed on the course Twilight begins at 4:00. No coolers or outside beverages allowed. Each player must have their own set of clubs.
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