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John Dellenback Trail
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2015-03-29  
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John Dellenback TrailSouth Coast, OR
South Coast, OR
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2015
RaRoc
Hiking5.00 Miles 120 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
120 ft AEG
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This was one of the most exciting hikes that I've done in the Oregon area. We parked at the John Dellenbeck Dunes Trailhead: From Reedsport, Oregon travel 10.5 miles south on Highway 101. The trailhead is on the west side of highway near mile marker 222. A $5 parking pass or Northwest Forest Pass is required.

Once you get out onto the Dunes there are are trail posts that you can follow, which lead to the deflation zone (a line of trees between the Dunes and the ocean). There is a boardwalk that cuts through to the beach, but it was flooded on Sunday. Instead, we spent our time exploring the Dunes, which are resilient enough that you can't really do much damage by going, delicately, off trail (except where there are posted signs to protect endemic grasses -- most of what you see here is European Beach Grass, which is invasive). We saw people with sleds and sand boards dune surfing right near the trailhead, and it looked like a lot of fun. out further, a few miles past the trailhead, we didn't really see ANYONE. Instead, we were able to walk in the sun, looking at mountainous dunes as far as the eye can see. As there is no motor vehicle traffic in this area, you can relax and really enjoy the dunes for what they are. You can wander to the tree islands, and see what the area looked like before the Dunes swept over them.

One warning/incentive to go: there is honest to goodness QUICKSAND here. Particularly near pools on lower ground, but really anywhere on low ground where the sand looks damp, the ground can liquify under your feet. One of my friends and I went in to our knees, but, unlike the movies, were easily able to scramble out. Be aware, but also know that it is AWESOME. Go play with it, and run amok in this sandy paradise.
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We saw some lupines which were not yet blooming, and also some wild strawberries on the tree islands.
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