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.
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 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).
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. :]
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.
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.
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.
The sun peeked out from behind the clouds and filtered through the tree canopy. The lighting was beautiful.
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.
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.
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.
We arrived at Hobbit Beach around 11:25am – just a short 10 minute hike.
If you decide to explore along the shoreline, take note of the location number 93 to find Hobbit Trail again.
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 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.