John Dellenback Dunes Trail #1339
Beggining in a conifer forest setting this trail then leads hikers through the dunes and the deflation plain and ends at the ocean beach. Choose from a difficult trek to the beach or an easy self-guided interpretive loop.
Caution: The 2.7 miles to the beach may feel even longer as you traverse soft, open sand dunes. The open sand is unmarked due to constantly changing conditions. Hikers are advised to climb the tallest dune to get their bearings. 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:||No bikes allowed on trail. Expect potential storm debris on trail & seasonal flooding in low areas of forested dunes. Follow blue stripped posts over dunes. Snowy Plover restrictions in place March 15 - September 15|
|Restrictions:||No bikes allowed on trail.|
|Restroom:||Toilet at Trailhead|
|Passes:||A valid Recreation Pass is required at John Dellenback Dunes Trailhead|
|Information Center:||Oregon Dunes NRA Visitor Center|
Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.7 mb)
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Sand PlayTrail traverses the largest open dunes. Lots of sand here!
|Difficulty Level:||Easy to More Difficult|
Viewing SceneryLeads into the largest, most scenic dunes system
Alerts & Warnings
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