trip report by site editor Rick McCharles
I’m please to report I finally got there.
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (or NRA) is located on the Oregon Coast, stretching approximately 40 miles north from the Coos River in North Bend, to the Siuslaw River, in Florence. …
… a unique area of windswept sand that is the result of millions of years of wind, sun, and rain erosion on the Oregon Coast. These are the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America. Some dunes tower up to 150 meters above sea level, providing numerous recreational opportunities …
At a wild guess, I hiked about 5mi (8km) on this route.
Only hikers and leashed pets are allowed on this part of the dunes. (Others are swarming with off-road vehicles.)
The rough trail is marked, yet it’s still difficult to find the Pacific Ocean. Look for some sort of gap in the coastal foliage:
The wild Oregon coast. Gorgeous.
Wonderful, wonderful … the Oregon Dunes are definitely one of the best hiking destinations in the world.
more photos from my day hike