Hiking Around Gold Beach

Jeff Ferguson the Director of the Visitor center told me he was putting together some info on hikes along 101. Jeff is an avid hiker and has done all these hikes so the information is good. He's done a great job with the mile post info to get your started. Sout og town he starts from the visitor center and from the Rogue River bridge north of town. He has some images to go along. I hope to shoot some footage of the trail heads to go along with this information. There are more hikes east along the Rogue we are working on getting them posted up here.

Hwy 101 South Towards Brookings

333.0 333 COAST TRAIL (TRAIL HIKE) Moderate + (steep near beach). 5 min. from GBVC. Park just south of milepost 333 (grassy, gravel turnout). This hike takes you through a lush, ancient forest to the beach. Allow an hour down & an hour back, with extra time to explore the beach

334.7 CAPE SEBASTIAN (TRAIL HIKE) Moderate. 7 min. from GBVC. Start at South parking lot (panoramic view!). The beach to the south is Myer’s Beach, (“One of the most photographed beach’s & one of the ‘Top 5’ windsurfing spots in the world”). Full trail is 1.6 miles to ocean (very cool!), 1.6 miles back. If you’re not up for the entire adventure, at least walk the ¼ mile to the viewpoint at the western edge of this interesting headland. Great whale watch spot

344.8 ARCH ROCK (NATURE WALK) Easy. 17 min. from GBVC. ¼ mile loop on paved path. Great Photo opps. Restrooms (pit), benches & picnic tables

345.7 THUNDER ROCK COVE (TRAIL HIKE) Easy + to Moderate. 19 min. from GBVC. 10 minutes to impressive viewpoint. Loop trail is 30 minutes. ¾ mile one way to ‘ Secret Beach ’. 1.5 round trip by trail. Quicker/shorter if you return by Hwy. 101. Gorgeous beach cove views & waterfalls.

345.9 NATURAL BRIDGE (NATURE WALK) Easy. 19 min. from GBVC. 50 yard stroll on wooden walkway to viewing platform above ‘ Natural Bridge ’. Nature at it’s best. Even better with really big surf!

347.6 NORTH ISLANDS VIEWPOINT TO SPRUCE CREEK (HARDY TRAIL HIKE) 21 min. from GBVC. This one takes some time but is well worth it. Consider 2 vehicles. The beach portion is added bonus’ You need to be in decent physical condition

347.9 THOMAS CREEK BRIDGE TO INDIAN SANDS (HARDY TRAIL HIKE) 21 min. from GBVC. This one takes some time but is well worth it. Consider 2 vehicles Open dunes at Indian Sands are added bonus You need to be in decent physical condition. This may be the very best spot in the world to watch big surf pound the shore!!

349.6 WHALESHEAD VIEWPOINT TO HOUSE ROCK (VERY HARDY TRAIL HIKE) 23 min. from GBVC. This one takes some time but is well worth it. Recommend 2 vehicles unless you are in pretty good physical condition 2 waterfalls, plus a whole lot more!

351.9 HOUSE ROCK TO CAPE FERRELO (EASY HIKE TO 360 DEGREE VIEWS) 24 min. from GBVC. You’ll find a monument to Samuel H. Boardman at the viewpoint. “Sam” was the first Oregon State Parks Superintendent. Thanks Sam!!!!

352.5 LONE RANCH TO RAINBOW ROCK ( HARDY BEACH & TRAIL HIKE) 25 min. from GBVC. This one takes some time but is well worth it. Consider 2 vehicles Great beach section, then trail w/waterfall You need to be in decent physical condition

Some Hikes North Towards Port Orford

325.9 OTTER POINT (NATURE WALKS) Easy+. Turn left off Hwy. 101 on ‘Old Coast Road’. 5 min. from RRB. This area is an interesting place to explore. Allow at least an hour total (more if you spend time on the beach). Walk out to the headland (west to ocean), then take the trail that loops around to ‘ Old Coast Highway ’ (returns you to the parking area). Moderate. On the ‘trail loop’, you will see a path going down to a beach that you will likely have to yourself!

307 HUMBUG PARK (NATURE WALK) Easy to Moderate. 25 min. from RRB. Follows ‘ Old Hwy. 101’ from just inside the Humbug overnight camping area (this entire area is a great place to explore!). The views from the ‘ Old Hwy ’ offer a completely different ‘Coastal perspective’ than ‘New 101’! Allow + hour round trip or park a 2nd vehicle at the other end (Turn right just past MP 305.4 & look for ‘Coast Trail’ marker)

307.2 HUMBUG MOUNTAIN (TRAIL HIKE) Moderate to Difficult. 25+ min. from RRB. 5.5 miles, if you go all the way to the top & back. At the 1 mile marker, you will come to a fork in the trail. Go either way but come back the other. Lush ‘ Coastal Rain Forest ’ hike for the adventurous. At least, check out the first ¼ mile! ‘Tunnel’ to right leads to nice campground.

PORT ORFORD HEADS (NATURE WALKS) Easy. 36 min. from RRB. In Port Orford, turn west (left) on 9th St. Go 2 blocks then veer left up Coast Guard Hill .8 miles to State Park. 1 mile loop with shorter loops available. Unmatched ocean views to reefs and Cape Blanco Lighthouse & interesting Coast Guard history. Seasonal museum. Don’t miss Nellie’s Cove!!! The town of Port Orford itself is interesting. Ask about the unique docks

297.5 CAPE BLANCO LIGHTHOUSE & TRAIL HIKES Moderate. 45 min. from RRB. Turn left on Cape Blanco Road. Go 5 miles (past campground), to parking area just before gated road to lighthouse. Trail starts 100 yards back up road from parking. 3.6 mile loop with shorter segments possible. At 4-way intersection, go straight (not R or L), or loop left to parking. At 3-way intersection, go straight or loop left to parking. From the viewpoint, you can go down to the beach & return to the lighthouse or ‘back-track’ a bit & head towards the Hughes House (return to parking on road). Historic lighthouse, ocean views, dramatic headlands. This is the westernmost point on the Oregon Coast . Winds can reach 130 MPH during winter storms.

293.7 BLACKLOCK POINT (TRAIL HIKE) Moderate. 50 min. from RRB. Fairly flat but long. Turn left on Airport Road (directly across Hwy. 101 from Pacific High School . Follow airport signs. This is a fascinating area to explore. Several buildings in San Francisco are made of Blacklock Sandstone. Lush, windswept forests & a waterfall. Be aware of standing water during our ‘rainy season’.

293.7 BLACKLOCK TO FLORAS LAKE (HIKE) Moderate. 50 min. from RRB. Fairly flat but long. Directions same as above but suggest leaving a 2nd vehicle at Floras Lake . Park vehicle At Boice Cope Park Day Use Area. Allow 2 hours 1-way from Blacklock to Floras Lake . See the ‘Enchanted Forest ’ & indescribable views!

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