Whether visitors are looking for a quick activity while spending the day at the Loeb campsite or getting a warm up before taking on the steep Redwood Nature trail, the Riverview trail at Loeb State Park makes for a moderate hike with a great view of the Chetco River.
Starting at the Loeb campsite and coming out right at the head of the Redwood Nature trail, the 1.2 mile Riverview trail weaves its way across the hillside next to the Chetco and over several streams that feed into the river.
At the end of Riverview trail, hikers can head back the way they came, continue across the road up to the Redwood Nature trail or walk the road back to the campsite, though the lattermost option involves keeping an eye on traffic.
Riverview trail is mostly smooth and well maintained, but several rocky patches and protruding roots mean visitors should watch their step, especially on the narrower hillside paths. Parts of the path are also obstructed by fallen trees or low branches, so visitors will need to maneuver past or under them at times.
Either side of the path is densely wooded and there are several small bridges to cross streams that cut deeply into the hillside.
Wildflowers and clover cover both sides of the trail, frequented by humming birds and bees during warmer seasons. Visitors might also catch glimpses of river wildlife, such as otters, when peeking through the trees. Dogs are allowed on the trail when leashed.
During warmer seasons, blackberries may also snake their way onto the trail and visitors should keep an eye out for poison oak year round.
Riverview trail doesn’t offer many official paths down to the river and many of the rough paths down are steep or otherwise treacherous. The water can also get deep and swirly so close to the cliffside banks.
Visitors wishing to visit the Chetco will probably have an easier time at the open, gravelly area at the east end of the Loeb campsite, but if you’re looking for more secluded access, the easy ways to access the are located near the latter part of the trail.
As with many trails at Loeb, visitors should take care not to stray off the path or disturb the wildlife and flora. Due to the conditions of the trail, it is not maintained for handicap access.
Visitors can learn more about the trail and the park at https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=51.