Oregon Coast Trail – Lone Ranch Beach to House Rock
The Oregon Coast Trail is a scenic 382 mile trail that runs the length of Oregon state. There are many vistas where the rugged coastline meets Pacific Ocean; a spectacular sight. Recently we had a chance to hike the Lone Ranch Beach to House Rock trail.
On Highway 101 just 4 miles north of Brookings, Oregon you’ll find the parking lot for Lone Ranch Beach. The beach below the parking lot allows exploration of the tide pools in a protected cove.
Back up at the parking lot the coast trail starts to the right. Just follow the paved path that leads into the trees. There is a marker just as you enter the thick brush and a small creek several feet from the trail head.
Lone Ranch Beach to Cape Ferreol
The hike from Lone Ranch Beach to Cape Ferrelo is covered with long grasses and wild flowers. Some areas are covered in thick brush. This section of the hike was much easier to walk with only one steep incline.
Cape Ferreol to House Rock
Easy to Moderate difficulty
Cape Ferrelo is a grassy headland approximately 250 feet above sea level with yet another magnificent view of the ocean. The path to House Rock is on the far side of the Cape Ferrelo parking lot.
This was a different hike all together. Blue spruce, Yarrow, many varieties of ferns, wild blueberries, Foxglove, Myrtlewood and Birch trees lined the narrow path. An occasional rabbit ran out from under a bush. Rather than an open field we hiked through dense forest of pines and firs with glimpses of the rugged coast. It was a more moderate hike with several steep grades. Good hiking boots are highly suggested.
House Rock was socked in with fog: visibility was about 50 feet. We rested for a while and made the return trip. The entire hike took us approximately two and half hours with a 20 minute break at House Rock.
The hike was a good workout with incredible views. We look forward to seeing other areas of the Oregon Coast Trail.