Hike to God's Thumb

2 miles 800 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Brianna Clark

A less populated beach hike to "the knob" for views of Lincoln City and the Pacific ocean that makes you feel one step closer to God.

From Road's End State Park, map your way to the end of NE Port Street and park on a pull off next to the described gate: on your right you'll see the gate with three skinny trees to the right of it. You'll want to park as close to this gate as possible, this will be in between some houses on a hill and the only gate around. 

Walk behind the gate up an old, steep, overgrown road until you hit the first junction, take a right here. To your left, if you so choose, you can walk a few hundred yards to a lower viewpoint overlooking Lincoln City and the Pacific Ocean. 

Follow the footpath already made through a forested area for quite some time. You'll begin to think you're lost, but keep following the large trail. Eventually you'll reach an overgrown thistle patch. If you can find an already made path, use that. If not, start to push the bristles back and trek forward. As long as you head west toward the ocean you will reach the knob from this point.

The meadow will begin to open up and flatten out as you see the thumb. From here you can take in the view and then continue on the ridge to the top of the thumb for the most exhilarating view. You could even head down the thumb for some views of the thumb from a lower viewpoint. Or based upon discretion you could even head down to the sand.

Once you have taken in the view and gotten your pictures, head back through the forest the same way you came. 

If you're looking for a longer hike you can park at Roads End State Park and walk along the paved road to the gate and come back down along the ocean line until you arrive to the beach and walk along the beach for about two miles until you return to the parking lot.

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4 months ago

Yes!

Not crowded and great to add onto a weekend in Lincoln City to get away from the crazy crowds.

Amazing and short!

The hike itself has two iterations: 15 minutes and about 40 minutes to the thumb. We took the longer route, and while the beginning of the hike was straight up, it levels out and the pay off is AMAZING. Panoramic views, places to picnic, it was spectacular. I would say it was on the easier side of moderate, but it also has some challenging spots that those who are afraid of heights or struggle with inclines might want to avoid.

almost 3 years ago

Tips For The Hike

Before you begin make sure you start at the gate to the left. There is a house just to the left of the gate. The three trees next to the gate are actually three wood posts next to the gate. Walk around the gate on the right side in between the wood posts. You will take a short walk up the hill. For an easier adventure remember to KEEP LEFT on the trail head. You have a choice along the trail head at a fork. If you choose Right then you will trek a steeper trail and if it is wet then it will be difficult. I would encourage the Left trail because it was traveled more and was a flatter trail which made it more enjoyable. Wear good hiking shoes, if it’s wet be prepared to slip and get muddy and Bring a camera because the views are Gorgeous. Enjoy your hike. Oh and if you are looking to propose to your girlfriend-this is a great location....She said “Yes!”

Wonderful view!

Pictures do not do this hike justice! It is much steeper than it appears! So, just keep that in mind if you are afraid of heights. Also, the very top of the thumb is quite small and can be windy! With all of that being said, I am so glad that I did it! It got me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to power through my fear of heights. The view at the very top of the thumb can't be beat! I would highly recommend this hike to anyone traveling through Lincoln City.

over 3 years ago

Beautiful

Uphill, best in spring/summer. Nice to do around sunset times

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