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Hobbit Trail, Oregon

Hobbit Trail, Oregon is a quick and easy-moderate 1/2 mile hike to Hobbit Beach. The trail is accessible from Hobbit Trailhead, located right along highway 101 – about 12.5 miles north of Florence, Oregon.

Hobbit Trailhead, Oregon

There’s a small parking area on the east side of the highway, but the trail starts on the west side. Use extreme caution when crossing the road – folks like to drive fast! There are no restrooms or potable water. We also didn’t notice any fee requirement.

Hobbit Trailhead, Oregon

Hobbit Trailhead, Oregon

Hobbit Trail, Oregon

My husband, Nat, and I arrived at the trailhead around 11:15am on Saturday, December 1. We parked and then crossed the highway to meet up with Hobbit Trailhead. The weather was cloudy with occasional sun breaks and a slight chill to the air.

There are two trails that branch off in opposite directions – Hobbit Trail to the right (north) and Heceta Head Trail to the left (south).

Hobbit Trailhead, Oregon

For this post I will focus on our hike along Hobbit Trail to Hobbit Beach. However, stay tuned for an upcoming post about our trek along Heceta Head Trail to Heceta Lighthouse. :]

Hobbit Trail, Oregon

The Forest

The surrounding dense coastal forest is lush, green, and – depending on the season – glistens in the light. The thick underbrush surrounds and in some areas almost covers the path.

Hobbit Trail, Oregon

The moss-covered trees and vegetation are a sight to see. Keep an eye out for large old-growth trees farther off the trail in the distance.

Hobbit Trail, Oregon

Some areas have built-in wooden steps to secure the structural integrity of the trail and make it more accessible. Certainly easier to climb compared to a muddy slope during the rainy season.

Hobbit Trail, Oregon

The sun peeked out from behind the clouds and filtered through the tree canopy. The lighting was beautiful.

Hobbit Trail, Oregon

Eventually the trail opens up as it descends out of the forest and closer to the beach. The trail splits into two directions and connects again at the bottom of the slope. It’s also so open in this area that you can see both paths and where they lead.

Hobbit Trail, Oregon

Hobbit Trail, Oregon

At the bottom of the hill there’s a lot of underbrush that forms a small tunnel. There are more wooden steps that take you down under the foliage.

Hobbit Trail, Oregon

This is one of my favorite spots on Hobbit Trail. I could hang out in here forever and inspect every little plant, shell, and rock. This is looking back the way we came. The beach is just beyond this area.

Hobbit Trail, Oregon

Hobbit Beach

We arrived at Hobbit Beach around 11:25am – just a short 10 minute hike.

Hobbit Beach, Oregon

If you decide to explore along the shoreline, take note of the location number 93 to find Hobbit Trail again.

Hobbit Beach, Oregon

The weather was absolutely gorgeous. It made for beautiful lighting and great views. Though, I imagine this hike would be just as lovely on a rainy day.

Hobbit Beach, Oregon

 

Overview

Hobbit Trail is an easy-moderate 1/2 mile hike through a dense, lush coastal forest to Hobbit Beach. I would consider the trail easy-moderate due to a few areas with steeper slopes. Otherwise it makes for a perfect family-friendly hike to a great spot on the beautiful Oregon coast.

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