Hiking Exploriences

Experience lush coastal forests as you trek through Lincoln City's open spaces. Bathe in the serenity of nature while exploring local flora and fauna and taking in breathtaking views.

Join Lincoln City Parks & Recreation for an adventure through local open spaces. Lace-up those hiking boots for a guided tour of some of the best trails in Lincoln City. From sweeping ocean views to lakeside forests, you'll be amazed at what you can find right in the heart of the city.

Hiking Exploriences vary in difficulty and accessibility. Know before you go and check out the details for each of them below. Most trails do not have restroom facilities on site.

Essential Hiking Gear

Conditions on the Oregon Coast changes by the minute, so be prepared by bringing:

Sturdy outdoor shoes
Water
Sunscreen
Rain jacket

2022 Hiking Exploriences Dates

Friday, August 12, 2022 @ 1 PM - Spyglass Ridge
Saturday, August 27, 2022 @ 10 AM - The Knoll
Saturday, September 17, 2022 @ 10 AM - Agnes Creek
Thursday, September 29, 2022 @ 1 PM - Cutler City Wetlands
Saturday, October 8, 2022 @ 10 AM - Drift Creek Falls
Friday, October 21, 2022 @ 1 PM - Spring Lake

Weather conditions may impact our dates and times—when that is the case, please check back here and on the Explore Lincoln City Facebook page for changes.

2022 Location Details

August 12 - Spyglass Ridge: 73-acres of forest with a moderate incline. It is a beautiful woodland hike with a 1.25-mile long looped trail, and options for a longer hike if interior trails are explored. For parking, from Hwy 101, turn east onto SE High School Dr, then turn left to SE Spyglass Ridge Dr for approximately 500 ft. Turn right onto the drive leading up to the high school parking lot. The trailhead is just to the north of the lot.

August 27 - The Knoll: A little sister to Cascade Head, and also within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the meadowed hill north of Lincoln City is affectionately known as "The Knoll." While a moderately difficult 3-mile loop, those who reach the top can breathe in the spectacular views of the Pacific coastline, Devils Lake and Roads End. For parking, from Hwy 101 turn north onto NE Devils Lake Blvd. Follow the road past a gate until you reach a cul-de-sac. Park on the street and the trailhead to the Knoll is just beyond the road.

September 17 - Agnes Creek: Breathe in two miles of trail through western hemlock, Sitka spruce, and open forest lands. You may catch sight of nesting birds, deer, and other wildlife. For parking, from Hwy 101 turn west onto SW Bard Ave and continue about 1/3 of a mile. Turn right into the parking area, which is connected to the trailhead.

September 29 - Cutler City Wetlands: A 26-acre Open Space located within the Cutler City neighborhood in the southernmost part of Lincoln City. It has an easy series of trails allowing several routes of exploration through the wetlands. For Parking, from Hwy 101 turn west onto SW 63rd St.

October 8 - Drift Creek Falls: Just a few miles east of Lincoln City awaits a moderately difficult hike wandering through Sitka spruce trees to a gorgeous 75-foot waterfall. Overlooking the falls is a 240-foot suspension bridge, a sight in and of itself. For parking, there are two ways to access Drift Creek Falls. From Hwy 101, take Drift Creek Rd for two miles, then turn left onto Forest Rd 17 and continue 10 miles to the trailhead. The trailhead can also be accessed from Hwy 18 east of Lincoln City. Take Bear Creek Rd for three miles until it becomes Forest Rd 17. Continue an additional seven miles to the trailhead. Parking here requires a day-use fee. Purchase a National Forest Recreation ePass online in advance or pay with cash on site.

October 21 - Spring Lake: This 2.5-mile relatively easy trail is a short distance from Regatta Grounds. The trail takes you wandering through the wooded area surrounding Spring Lake. For parking, from Hwy 101, turn east onto NE 14th St and continue 1/4 mile, then turn left onto NE Port Ave where you'll find a parking lot on the right next to the trailhead.

Safety

Please be mindful as you hike Lincoln City's open spaces. Always stay on the trails, protect wildlife habitat, and keep small children and animals near you at all times. If you do bring a furry friend, make sure they stay on leash at all times. Learn more about responsible hiking.

Lincoln City Exploriences

Discover Lincoln City's Exploriences program, a series of free, hands-on learning events led by local experts. Not only will you enjoy a richer experience during your visit, you'll also be eligible to get some "members only" benefits. Check out all of our Exploriences.

Explorers Club

As if exploring Lincoln City with our local experts isn't enough, those that complete five Lincoln City Exploriences are eligible to join the Explorers Club. Learn more about the Explorers Club.

Instructors

Our Hiking Exploriences are sponsored by Lincoln City Parks & Recreation. Their local experts live and breathe our open spaces every day.

Other hikes in the area are waiting to be discovered. To learn more about hiking near Lincoln City, visit our hiking page or call us at 541-996-1274.

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Exploriences Discover Lincoln City's Explorience program, a series of free, hands-on learning events led by local experts. Not only will you enjoy a richer experience during your visit, you'll also be eligible to get some "members only" benefits.

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Explorers Club As if exploring Lincoln City with our local experts isn't enough, those that complete five Lincoln City Exploriences are eligible to join the Explorers Club.

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