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 current conditions 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: Snowy Plover restrictions in place March 15 - September 15
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

General Information


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


 Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.8 mb)

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Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Viewing Wildlife

Species good birding

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  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles one way

  Elevation : 
0 to 50 feet