Humbug Mountain - Hiking

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Summary

Rising 1,765 feet directly from the ocean, Humbug Mountain is one of the highest summits on the Oregon Coast.

Written by

Shawn Lehman

Distance

6.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

113.6 miles

Difficulty

4 of 5 diamonds

This 6-mile round trip trail features an elevation gain of 1,710 feet, so there are some fairly steep sections. The narrow path also hugs a very steep hillside.

Time To Complete

3 hours

Going up the mountain takes longer than going down the mountain. This completion time also includes snack breaks, photo ops, and lunch at the top of the mountain.

Seasonality

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Winter on the Oregon Coast can be wet and windy. Thick fog can obstruct views and make the trail difficult to navigate. In all other seasons, it's a magical place to visit.

Dog Friendly

No

Dogs are allowed on leash only, but the trail is narrow and requires climbing across obstructions in a few spots.

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Rising 1,765 feet directly from the ocean, Humbug Mountain is one of the highest peaks on the Oregon Coast. Meandering through a lush, temperate rainforest, the trail offers peephole views of the Pacific Ocean and the valley below. The trail is a small portion of the 382-mile Oregon Coast Trail.

Located 6 miles south of the small fishing town of Port Orford, Humbug Mountain is a popular destination for hikers, bicyclists, and campers. The trail is accessible from the campground at Humbug Mountain State Park.

After a day of exploring the mountain, visitors can check out the artsy shops and eateries in Port Orford. Gold Beach Books offers a huge variety of used books as well as coffee and fresh scones.

What Makes It Great

Beginning in Humbug Mountain State Park, the marked trail is accessible from the lower loop of the campground. Hikers will cross a creek via a bridge and walk through the well-lit tunnel that runs beneath Hwy 101. The trail opens up into a setting straight out of Return of the Jedi with lush ferns and old-growth forest. The path veers to the left and begins a steady climb with sporadic switchbacks. About 2 feet wide, the well-maintained trail crosses a few small waterfalls along the way.

A mile into the trail, hikers will arrive at a fork where they can go east (2 miles to the summit) or west (1.5 miles to the summit) to complete the loop. The east side of the trail features multiple switchbacks as it climbs up the mountain, offering sparse views of the mountainside. The west side of the mountain is winding with more ocean and valley views. Both trails are a bit steeper than the previous mile.

The summit features a spacious clearing with a small bench where hikers can relax and have lunch. With time, the summit has become overgrown with trees and vegetation and there is no real view to speak of. However, climbing Humbug Mountain is not without its rewards. The setting is amazing and the few views available along the trail are well worth the trek.

Who is Going to Love It

With an elevation gain of 1,710 feet, this 6-mile hike can be challenging for some. The steepness is noticeable both going up and coming down. Trekking poles are recommended.

Quite a bit of the path is narrow and hugs the hillside making this not the best trail for little ones.  

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Eugene, OR, get on I-105 E and head north merging onto Coburg Rd. Take a slight right to merge onto I-105 E toward I-5/Springfield/Portland. Merge onto I-105 E. Take exit 4A to merge onto I-5 S toward Roseburg for 30 miles. Take exit 163 and turn right on Bear Creek Rd. Turn left onto Curtain Rd. Turn right onto OR-38 W (signs for OR-99) for 6 miles. Turn right onto OR-38 W/W B Ave and drive straight for 44 miles. Continue straight onto Fir Ave/Umpqua Ave. Turn left onto US-101 S/Pacific Coast Scenic Byway and drive 32 miles. Keep right to stay on US-101 S/Pacific Coast Scenic Byway for 50 miles. Arrive at Humbug State Park on the left.

The trailhead is also accessible from a small parking area across from the state park. There are no parking fees.

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