Tahkenitch Dunes Trail

photo: photo by Mike Bullington

Type: Backcountry
Length: 2.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Camping
Dogs - Off leash
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00

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Location: Approx. 10 miles south of Florence, OR., At Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, off U.S. Highway 101, north of Reedsport.
State(s): Oregon
Counties: Douglas
Latitude: 43.79523
: -124.14906

8 miles north of Reedsport. Mile post 204, Highway 101


Trail goes through a mile of conifer forest, opening onto the dunes and views of the ocean. The trail then re-enters onto a smaller stand of shore pine and ends at the ocean.

Always use caution on the beach. Watch for sneaker waves, know the tide schedule and stay away from logs in the surf or on wet sand. Look out for deep water and strong currents.

Also look for Snowy Plover seasonal closure area signs. Please respect nesting birds’ privacy.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Sand
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 10%
Maximum Grade: 18%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information contact:
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
855 Hwy 101
Reedsport , OR 97467
(541) 271-3611

Trail management:
Margie Pace
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
855 Hwy. 101
Reedsport , OR 97467
(541) 271-6072




A great mix of coast hiking

The Tahkenitch Dunes Trail starts in a rainforest with lush trees and older Sitka Spruce. Eventually (depending on the direction of the loop you take) you'll end on the dunes. The hiking gets difficult on steep sand for a bit then levels off and into a band of coastal pines that separate the dunes from the beach. On the beach, the trail goes approx 1 mile before heading back up the dunes, past Three-mile Lake and then deep into the rainforest. Highly recommended hike.

October 17, 2017



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