Tahkenitch Dunes Trail

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Trail Distance: 2 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 10 min +
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: $5 fee or Recreation Pass
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description

If you and your pup want to go on a beautiful hike through the forest and along the beach, Tahkenitch Dunes Trail is perfect for you! This two-mile out-and-back trail allows dogs on and off leash, and it takes you by tons of picturesque scenery.

The Tahkenitch Dunes Trail begins in a conifer forest. After a mile, the trail reaches sandy dunes where you’ll get great views of the ocean. Although the trail is relatively short, walking on this portion of the trail can be tough because of the loose sand on the dunes, so be sure to take your time.

After the dunes, the trail takes you through a small grove of shore pines before ending at the beach. Here, you can rest, relax, and enjoy the view of the ocean. You can also splash around with your pup in the water. Make sure to check the tide schedule before you go on your hike, and watch out for sneaker waves while you’re on the beach. Portions of the beach may be closed from March 15 to September 15 for Plover nesting season. Make sure to look out for seasonal closure signs if you’re on the beach during this time of year.

If you’d like to fill up your water bottle or your dog’s water bowl before your hike, potable water is available by the trailhead. A restroom is also available right next to the trailhead. If you’d like to have lunch or a snack with your dog after your walk, there’s a scenic picnic area next to the trail. Pups must be on-leash while they’re in this picnic area.

The furrific Tahkenitch Dunes Trail is a stunning trail filled with diverse scenery and amazing wildlife. Bring some doggy bags and your dog’s bowl with you, and have a fun time exploring this unique trail! 

Trail Features
Loose Terrain, Beach, Forest
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations

Walking on the dunes can be difficult because of the loose sand, so be sure to watch your footing while you’re on this portion of the trail. When you’re on the beach portion of the trail, be sure to look out for sneaker waves. From March 15 to September 15, portions of the beach are closed for Plover nesting season. Look out for these seasonal closure signs while you’re walking with your pup.

Address
Tahkenitch Dunes - Threemile Lake North Trailhead, U.S. 101
Gardiner, OR 97441
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Address
Tahkenitch Dunes - Threemile Lake North Trailhead, U.S. 101
Gardiner, OR 97441
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
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