Waxmyrtle Trail #1337


This trail borders the picturesque Siltcoos River Estuary, and ends at the beach. The trail offers outstanding views of the lower estuary and the ocean beach.

Look for signs marking snowy plover nesting habitat area in the estuary section of the trail  from March 15 - September 15.  You can still access the beach from the Waxmyrtle Trail by going around the closure area. See details in the Restrictions information below.

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.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/09/2016: Trail open. Snowy Plover restrictions in effect March 15 through Sept 15. Last 1/4 mile of trail is closed due to river washout. Access to beach is through sand road. CAUTION: Sand Road has persistent flooding during late Winter/Spring months. Trail is signed.
Open Season: All Year
Water: Potable water at Trailhead
Restroom: Toilet at Trailhead
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Waxmyrtle Trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Visitor Center

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Access to this trail is at Waxmyrtle Trailhead (fee site)


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Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles one way

  Elevation : 
0 to 50 feet