Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor really is unique and beautiful, even among the beauty of the rest of the Oregon coastline. I didn’t do half as much there as I could have; just some exploration around the Natural Bridges Overlook and Thunder Rock Cove and then dinner at the Arch Rock Picnic Area. The picnic area is worth the stop whether you’re eating or not, because you really can see an arch made of rock – a sea stack with a pretty good hole in it that does look like an arch. It won’t give Delicate Arch a run for its proverbial money, but then again, this is free, and the 0.25 mile paved trail is short enough to warrant a stop even if you’re just driving through.
Quick Stats for the Arch Rock Picnic Area
From the parking area, head down the paved trail (it’s a loop, so as long as you don’t make the mistake of ending up at the restrooms, you should be fine). I took the south loop first; not far from the parking area is a little spur to the left that will take you to an overlook of sea stacks and the coastline.
Continuing around the loop, it’s only 0.1 miles to the viewpoint where you can see Arch Rock. Unfortunately, it was so late in the day that the arch was totally silhouetted against the sun. Maybe some other day I’ll come earlier and get some better pictures of what the arch actually looks like. Even so, it was impressive.
As the trail winds further around the end of the point, there are some nice views north toward more sea stacks and coastline. It’s very pretty, especially in the evening light.
Return to the parking area about mile 0.25. I actually went around the loop twice, so ended up at about 0.5 miles overall.
That’s it! Not a long trail, but the views are really quite good (and a lot easier to get to than along the Oregon Coast Trail that also goes through the park!)
Round Trip Trail Length: 0.25 miles
Net Elevation Change: About 53ft (187ft. in the parking area to 134ft. on the Seastack Viewpoint)
Facilities: Picnic tables & a primitive restroom
Trail Notes: The trail is paved; however, it’s not really wheelchair accessible, and even strollers might have trouble on the humps and cracks made by tree roots. Views of the Arch Rock would be best in the late morning, though the coastline is very nice in the later afternoon. Also, the restrooms leave something to be desired…
Would I go 100 miles out of my way for this?
Key GPS Coordinates for Arch Rock
Parking: 42.20514N / -124.37421W (42° 12′ 18.5040″ / -124° 22′ 27.1560″) (187ft.)
Trail Beginning: 42.20506N / -124.37448W (42° 12′ 18.2160″ / -124° 22′ 28.1280″) (173ft.) (0.0)
Seastack Viewpoint: 42.20459N / -124.37611W (42° 12′ 16.5240″ / -124° 22′ 33.9954″) (134ft.) (0.3)
Arch Viewpoint: 42.20531N / -124.37639W (42° 12′ 19.1154″ / -124° 22′ 35.0040″) (151ft.) (0.1)
End: 42.20522N / -124.37428W (42° 12′ 18.7914″ / -124° 22′ 27.4074″) (191ft.) (0.5)
The gpx file for Arch Rock can be downloaded – please note that this and the GPS Coordinates are for reference only and should not be used as a sole resource when hiking this trail.
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Getting to Arch Rock
From Brookings, OR, drive north on US-101 12.5 miles to the access road for Arch Rock Picnic Area, on left.
Alternatively, from the north, from Gold Beach drive south on US-101 15 miles to the access road for Arch Rock Picnic Area, on right.
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Mon Jan 22
A mix of clouds and sun. Slight chance of a rain shower. High around 55F. Winds light and variable.
Tue Jan 23
Cloudy with periods of rain. High 51F. Winds SSE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
Wed Jan 24
Windy at times with rain likely. High 51F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near an inch.
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Rain. High 46F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Fri Jan 26
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Showers early becoming a steady light rain later in the day. High 48F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.