Tahkenitch Dunes & Threemile Lake Hikes

October 1, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tahkenitch Dunes - Threemile Lake North Trailhead
Gardiner, OR
South Coast Striders

Tahkenitch dunes.
Tahkenitch dunes. | Photo by Richard Hikes

The South Coast Striders are hosting a short and a long hike on October 1st. Experience the amazing diversity of the Oregon coast range on either of these two hikes.

Option 1: You can travel out along the Tahkenitch Dunes Trail as it winds through the woods to where Tahkenitch Creek empties onto the beach and return along the same trail for a 3.5 mile trip out and back.  Participants will return to the parking area on their own.  This hike should last 2.5—3 hours.


Option 2: Take a longer more vigorous hike--a 6 mile loop combining the Tahkenitch Dune trail and the Threemile Lake trail.  We will all hike together on the Tahkenitch Dune Trail to the beach then hike north along the beach then back through the dunes past the beautiful and remote Threemile lake then through a mature and mossy Spruce forest then back to the parking lot. This long hike is rated difficult and should last 4 hours.

The South Coast Striders want to remind you accordingly to bring lunch, plenty of water and dress in layers for hot and sunny to cold, foggy and windy weather.

Location and Time

Meet at 10:00am at the Day Use Parking Lot

Directions:  8 miles North of Reedsport on your left , Mile post marker 204 on Hwy 101.

This is a Forest Service day use area.  A $5 day use fee per vehicle or appropriate pass is required for parking at this trailhead.

Suggested carpool sites and departure times:

  • Coos Bay Visitor Center—8:45am,
  • Coquille Visitor Center—8:10am,
  • Ray’s in Bandon—8:10am,
  • Dunes Information Center in Reedsport—9:35am,
  • Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—7:30am