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Camp/Hike Humbug mountain on the south coast

  • Oct 13, 2013 · 4:00 PM

i am planning to hike Humbug mountain on October 14th, a monday, with camping the night before and after at the state park there. Still plenty of tenting and RV spaces left. Possibly a beach hike at Sunset Beach on the way home. Would anyone be interested in joining me?

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The Oregon coast is absolutely gorgeous.  Majestic headlands.  Myrtle-green forests.  Fresh ocean breezes.  Secluded beaches and sheltered valleys.  If your idea of paradise includes any of these, then you may want to strike out for Oregon and the Pacific Ocean. 

Just south of Port Orford, the Humbug Mountain Trail takes you to the summit of one of the highest mountains along the coast.  Mount Humbug rises directly from the ocean to a height of 1,756 feet, and on the way to the top you can experience firsthand the old growth rainforest, small waterfalls and expanses of clovers and ferns.

Recommended Route

Humbug Mountain Trail is approximately five miles round trip, to the summit and back.  If you are staying at the Humbug Mountain Campground, you can step right out of your trailer or tent and start the hike.  Head east from Loop B (west from Loop A), and take the footbridge across Brush Creek.  A tunnel will take you under the highway to the trailhead. 

For those not staying at the campground, there is a dedicated parking area on Highway 101 just west of the campground entrance. 

You will hike through several switchbacks during the initial climb from the trailhead, and about a mile into the route you will come to a fork in the path.  Both trails lead to the summit, but most people combine the two trails into a summit loop.  The eastern route is longer (2 miles), but the ascent here is more gradual.  The western route is shorter (1.5 miles) but steeper. 

Take the eastern path to the summit to enjoy a more moderate walk through the temperate rainforest.  Once you summit, lace your shoes up tight and take the western path down the mountain.  Through the trees to the north you can see limited, but impressive, views of Port Orford and Battle Rock City Park.

Difficulty

Total elevation gain is 1700 feet.  Certain sections of the trail are steep, and there are numerous switchbacks.  The western summit trail is especially steep in places and has dangerous fall-offs to the north.  The trail is mainly free of stumble-inducing rocks and roots. 

How to Get There

Mount Humbug State Park is just south of Port Orford on Highway 101.  When the highway turns inland from the ocean, the trailhead parking area and campground entrance won’t be far. 

Where to Stay

Humbug Mountain Campground has 32 electrical sites and 62 tent sites.  The valley is sheltered from the wind and ocean breezes, and a short walk will take you to Brush Creek and an extensive beach.  Hot shower facilities at the campground are a major bonus as well.

 

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