Dellenback Dunes Hike

November 3, 2018 - 9:00 AM
John Dellenback Dunes Trail Head
Hwy 101
Lakeside, OR
South Coast Striders

Dellenback Dunes Trail. | Photo courtesy of South Coast Striders

Join the South Coast Striders for a Dellenback Dunes and Tenmile Creek trails hike on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 9 a.m. Meet at the John Dellenback Dunes Trailhead (on the west side of Hwy 101 near Lakeside). Here are more detailed directions: From Coos Bay Visitor Center, travel north on Hwy. 101 - 15.4 miles to John Dellenback Dunes Trail on left next to S. Eel Creek Campground.

The South Coast Striders will offer a couple of options for this hike.  The first is a shorter hike of about five miles, across the dunes, to the beach and back.  This can be shortened even more by turning around before the beach.

The longer hike will be a nine mile total hike to the beach on the John Dellenback Dune Trail then south along the beach, with a return across the dunes from near Tenmile Creek.  This is a spectacular but very difficult hike in loose sand if it doesn’t rain prior to the hike.  Dress in layers, bring plenty of water and lunch and plan on five hours to complete the hike.

The difficulty of both of these hikes comes from walking in loose sand...and the occasional steeper climbs up some dunes.