By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

After finishing the short Whaleshead Loop portion of the Oregon Coast Trail, hikers can continue to Indian Sands from there or they can start anew from a small turnout on the southbound side of Highway 101.

The trail picks back up here, and continues to head north, parallel with the highway.

The hard-packed dirt path makes for a fairly easy walk for this mile-long hike.

With plenty of tree cover overhead, the trail makes its way through a peaceful portion of the forest.

It briefly follows a small creek before crossing via a wooden bridge, while the creek continues down a small ravine, eventually pouring out into the ocean.

About 15 minutes into the hike, the trail turns into sand.

Hikers can either continue to the right and follow the fairly steep trail up to the Indian Sands parking area or continue to the left and explore Indian Sands.

Unique landscapes along this portion of coastline make Indian Sands a perfect place to roam about the bluffs and explore.

However, be careful when walking around the bluffs and stay away from sheer cliffs and unsafe areas.

The hike only takes about 20 to 25 minutes, but hikers can spend hours admiring the unsurpassed beauty of Indian Sands.