The Oregon coast is one of the best states in the Pacific Northwest to travel with your dog, as almost all of the beaches are dog-friendly. Last Spring, Hazel (my Blue Heeler) and I were hosted by Explore Lincoln City and the very pet-friendly The Coho Oceanfront Lodge. After spending a few days there with both rain and shine, I can say that the small town of Lincoln City, Oregon is one best places to travel with your pet as it has plenty of dog-friendly hotel options, a seven-mile beach with ample room to run and play, and nearby hiking trails.
I’d like to thank Explore Lincoln City for hosting me in March 2018. #lincolncityor
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To get an idea of both sides of the weather on the Oregon coast, this is a sunny day at a beach we stopped at on our way to Lincoln City.
This is a stormy day at the beach in Lincoln City.
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Discovering Lincoln City’s Open Spaces
Hazel loves the beach no matter what the weather, and would have been perfectly content to play. But, with the strong winds and bitting sand, it wasn’t time for a beach day. I had to find alternatives for my high-energy dog. What I discovered are four Open Spaces minutes from town that are perfect to walk the dog in Lincoln City.
Four Places to Walk the Dog In Lincoln City, Oregon That’s Not the Beach
Lincoln City, Oregon has over 370 acres of Open Space Lands that are a mixture of forests, wetlands and buffer areas. While there is a blog dedicated to activities going on in the Open Spaces, I couldn’t find much information describing the Open Spaces such as acreage and total mileage of the trails. According to their Master Plan, Lincoln City Parks has plans for improvements to these areas which is good as the Open Spaces have a lot to offer visitors with or without pets.
Tips Before You Go
The trails are primitive and maintained, and I found it easy to navigate the trail systems with a map. Maps are not posted, nor are there map pamphlets at the entrance. I highly recommend downloading a PDF map of the Open Space to your phone before you head out on the trails. I did notice that some locations had trails that were not on the map, so they might be a little outdated. Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes and don’t forget to bring water, or at least have some in your car.
One of the best things for the budget is that visiting Open Spaces is FREE! No pass required!
Travel tip: If you happen to be walking in the woods during a wind storm, always be aware that there will be falling branches and possibly trees. If the winds are extremely high, avoid the woods and play with your dog indoors.
My go-to hiking shoes are my Bogs Bend Low Hiking Shoes. They also have high shoes that cover your ankles.
Spyglass Ridge Open Space
My favorite Lincoln City Open Space turned out to be Spyglass Ridge Open Space, which I believe is the largest. The trails weave through an open wooded area with steep hills and towering trees. The elevation gain is 200 feet.
Hazel and I spent a good two hours hiking around the trails and even walked some a second time as we found one trail that meandered along a small crevice with dozens of trilliums (these bloom in the spring).
Agnes Creek Open Space
If you are looking for a short 20-minute hike, you’ll want to go to Agnes Creek Open Space. This area, which appears to be the second largest Open Space, has a north and a south side. On the south side is a 1/3 mile loop with an elevation gain of 90 feet. On the north side are two one-way trails that are also 1/3 mile long with an elevation gain of 110 feet.
We walked the loop a couple of times and then took one of the one-way trails that dead-ended next to a marshy area. By doing that, our hiking time ended up being a little over an hour. The paths are wide and since the trails are short it is probably the easiest of all four open spaces to walk the dog in Lincoln City.
Spring Lake Open Space
Spring Lake Open Space is surrounded by houses and has a short paved trail that is handicapped accessible, which means you’ll most likely see some people. Trails meander around a small pond, through the forest, and up to a hilltop with partial views of the Oregon coast. Elevation gain is 100 feet.
We explored Spring Lake for about 45-minutes.
We passed several newts on this trail, so keep an eye out!
The Knoll Open Space
For fabulous views of Lincoln City, Oregon, and the beach, there is no better place than The Knoll Open Space. There are three starting places for this hike. I took the longer 4-mile round trip route, which started in a Cul de Sac behind the golf course.
I had a tough time finding this trailhead as there was construction going on at the time. Once I got on the trail, I wasn’t sure I was heading in the right direction for there were no signs and more trail routes than shown on the map. For a good portion of this trail, I felt nervous and worried. Thankfully, I passed another hiker with a dog, and they told me I was heading in the right direction. This trail was also very muddy, and if it has rained recently, you might want to avoid the longer route.
For a more direct route, there is a parking lot close to The Knoll viewpoint. This trail is .5-miles long and mostly uphill. The view at the top of The Knoll is worth the hike uphill. Don’t forget your camera!
To find out more about Lincoln City Parks visit their website.
To find out more about things to do in Lincoln City, visit their website.
Travel tip: If you are need of leashes, toys, food and more, there is a Mini Pet Mart in town (1450 NE Hwy 101).
If you are looking for toys and treats, read about Hazel’s approved gift ideas for dog lovers.
Pet-Friendly Lincoln City Hotels
The Coho Oceanfront Lodge is perfect for an overnight stay with your pet. Our lower level room had direct access to a grassy area on the beach-facing side of the hotel and had the very important non-carpeted floors. There were also other dog owners on this floor, so I knew that we’d be in good company, and be understanding of each other’s dogs. Pet-friendly amenities include a small bed and treats upon arrival, poop bags, a list of dog-related places such as vets and daycare options, an outdoor fire pit where you can chill with your dog, and the hotel is avery short three-minute walk to the beach.
When in our room, Hazel spent most of the time staring at the window at the ocean.
Need to Knows: There is a 25 lb. pet limit and the pet fee is $25 per pet, per night.
What other amenities does the hotel offer? Fresh ground coffee upon arrival, free WiFi, a free weekend shuttle to Chinook Winds Casino Resort, a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, board games, indoor heated pool and hot tub, and beer and wine for purchase onsite.
To find out more or book a room visit The Coho Oceanfront Lodge website.
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More Pet-Friendly Lincoln City Hotels
You won’t be hard-pressed to find additional pet-friendly hotels in Lincoln City. Seventeen are listed on their website (in the amenities tab, choose pets allowed). Some I recommend are the Looking Glass Inn, Best Western PLUS Lincoln Sands Oceanfront Suites, and Chinook Winds Casino Resort.
Want to find out more about Lincoln City, Oregon? Visit Explore Lincoln City.
As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with meals and accommodations for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.