John Dellenback Dunes Trail #1339

Area Status: Open

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: 3/22/2024: 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

General Information


Access to this trail is at John Dellenback Dunes Trailhead in Eel Creek Campground (fee site)


 Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.7 mb)

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Sand Play

Trail traverses the largest open dunes. Lots of sand here!

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult

Viewing Scenery

Leads into the largest, most scenic dunes system
Special Feature dunes


Related Information

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Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.0 mile interpretive loop or 2.7 miles one way to the beach

  Elevation : 
From 100 to 500 feet