By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
After traversing the wind-beaten path from Lone Ranch Beach to Cape Ferrelo, hikers will enjoy the protected, wooded trail of the next leg of the Oregon Coast Trail.
The trail begins with an amazing view from the south end of Cape Ferrelo and meanders through wildflowers and ferns before jutting into the forest.
Most of the hike takes place under the cover of trees, which makes for a peaceful journey.
The trail weaves in and out of the forest, peeking out over the glistening ocean from time to time.
Hikers can enjoy the lush greenery and small creeks that thrive along the trail, including a pair of small wooden bridges.
About halfway through the hike, the trail zig-zags down hill and ends at one of the small wooden bridges, which provides a good resting point before tackling the final leg of the hike.
For the final three or four minutes of the hike, the trail emerges from the forest and comes out on a hillside covered in purple foxglove.
At the top of the hill, the trail culminates in a panoramic view of blue skies and royal seas at the House Rock Viewpoint.
The hike is about a mile and a half long and takes around 30 to 40 minutes depending on pace and number of stops.
Be careful of roots that stick out of the ground on the narrow trail as well as fallen debris.
Sturdy hiking shoes and long pants are recommended as well as plenty of water.