Spring is upon us, so it is time to dust off your hiking shoes and get outdoors. The Oregon Coast is the perfect place to hike if you love a challenge that merges with unbelievably wonderful surroundings. Of all the places on the Oregon Coast you can go to hike, no place provides you with a better experience than the lovely community of Florence.
Florence is well known and offers great access to the Oregon Dunes. These dunes formed by the weathering of inland mountains are impacted by both water currents and the legendary winds along the Pacific Coast. You can visit the dunes every day for a lifetime and never see the same patterns. They make for a memorable and challenge hike!
The John Dellenback Dunes Trail provides the perfect way to acquaint yourself with the Oregon Dunes. The trail begins in a lovely conifer forest that offers amazing views of the many fresh water lakes, wetlands and splendor of the Pacific.
Along the way you will move from the spruce forest to Three Mile Lake and come to the trail’s end right on an ocean beach. There are options for either a difficult hike or an easy self guided trek along an interpretive loop. The choice is yours, but the experience is simply not to be missed!
This is no ordinary 2.7 mile journey. The dunes and beaches will leave you feeling as though you have made a much longer trek. You will feel a sense of pristine purity here as the winds along the coast tend to wipe away any sign of previous wanderers.
Be aware that many travelers here lose their bearings, so be sure to crest the highest dunes to find your way forward. You should also watch out for strong currents and other potential problems along the way.
The interpretive loop is much less complicated and even has a spur that leads to Eel Creek Camp ground. It is a mile long and interpretive features along the way help to tell the story of the Oregon Coast.
No matter which path you choose, the one less chosen or the interpretive trail, you are sure to enjoy your time on the John Dellenback Trail.