5 Things About Secret Beach in Oregon That You Need to Know

Secret Beach is one of the most panoramic and beautiful spots you’ll find on the Oregon Coast (in addition to all the other stuff you can do there). It’s what originally attracted me to visit it.

Little did I know, it’s also a spot that’s easy to miss if you don’t know when it’s coming up on the 101 road and that’s exactly what happened to me the first time I was visiting the Pacific Northwest. It wasn’t until I was too far away from it that I realized my mistake and in order to correct it, I’d need to wait for my next road trip through this area to correct that.

On my second road trip through the west coast, I made it a goal to avoid the same mistake and visit Secret Beach. Having done that now (twice hence), I learned 5 very important things about it that I want to share with you before you go there as well! 

While this location is one of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever seen on the Oregon Coast and the Pacific Coast in general, to get the full benefit out of it, keeping these 5 things in mind will help accomplish that.

Here are 5 things you need to know about Secret Beach in Oregon before you go!

secret beach oregon

  1. Where to actually find it.
  2. When to go there (low tide).
  3. How to kayak there.
  4. Visit Natural Bridges near it.
  5. Check out the main park around Secret Beach.

I’ll cover all of these things right now in great detail and I recommend you carefully look at each tip I have to offer.

A quick look at the 2 times I’ve been to Secret Beach:

  • The first time was on my western US road trip.
  • The second time was also during a similar trip and I’ve included pictures from both my visits to Secret Beach on this post.

I assure you, I intend to keep returning to Secret Beach and one of the reasons why isn’t just cause of it’s beauty there but also because I keep making mistakes every time I go that stop me from fully experiencing everything this place has to offer visitors.

And like I said before, these 5 tips will help you avoid those mistakes I have already made to help you truly experience Secret Beach the way it’s meant to be experienced! So let’s begin this list:

1) Location. Here is exactly where you’ll find Secret Beach on the Oregon Coast:

The good news is that Google Maps has a near accurate point for it and here it is:

But the bad news is that there’s no official sign for Secret Beach.

You will however see a small parking lot as you get to the location Google Maps takes you to and even though you will not see a sign, it will be the official parking lot for Secret Beach.

If you are not using Google maps to find Secret Beach, do this:

Secret Beach is 1 kilometer north of Natural Bridges and that place has an official sign for it, so you can use that as a marker as you drive past Natural Bridges (considering you’re coming from the south) to find it. 

Here is what the parking lot to Secret Beach looks like:

secret beach oregon parking lot

Once you get there, you have 2 trails to reach the beach (both connect together):

  • There’s a more official road that leads down to the beach, and I recommend you take that one (trail 1). 
  • Then there’s also the one which is a bit more heavily wooded and steep and that will take you to a creek that leads to the beach (trail 2).

From the parking area to the actual beach is about 200 yards.

And here is what the hiking from trail 1 (best option) will look like:

2) Go there during low tide. Here’s why:

secret beach trail

Accessing Secret Beach during low tide will actually provide you access to the 4 beaches that make up this spot.

I went there during high tide (It couldn’t be helped) and I could barely get to one of the 4 beaches there.

So if you:

  • Love nature exploration.
  • Love sea caves.
  • Enjoy seeing waterfalls right next to the beach.
  • And want to get the most out of Secret Beach.

Again, go here during low tide. Click here to find the high and low tide times for Oregon (they do change, so make sure to keep checking the tides according to when you plan on going).

Just as a note, timing is critical here.

The last time I went to Secret Beach, it was close to the time high tide was starting to come in and it prevented me from seeing the other beaches or sea caves there and trust me, they are absolutely stunning if you get there at the right time!

When you go there, just make sure to go during peak low tide to get the most time available for exploring this area. And it will also provide you with the next thing you can do here:

3) Kayaking opportunities:

secret beach on the oregon coast

One of the biggest things I had hoped to do when visiting the Oregon Coast was to kayak near Secret Beach and Natural Bridges, and go through the sea caves that were there.

As I entered Brookings, which is the town nearest to these locations, I had found several kayaking rental stores, called them up and asked if it’s possible for them to come meet me so I can rent the kayak and head down to the beach.

But if you’ve ever been to the Oregon Coast, you’ll know that most of the spots, especially near Secret Beach are extremely dangerous to hike down because there’s often just sheer drops making it impossible to hike down to the beaches, let alone bring a kayak down there.

Out of all the places I’ve been to in the Oregon Coast, Secret Beach might be the only plausible one that you can kayak from in this particular region because the hike from the parking lot is short, not too steep and then access to the beach is pretty simple. 

So my next trip through the Oregon Coast, I’ll be trying to do this and will try documenting that.

Keep this location in mind if you’re into kayaking but also keep in mind that doing this anywhere near the coast of Oregon may be dangerous too, so be experienced beforehand and obey the regulations.

4) Visit Natural Bridges, right next to Secret Beach. 2 reasons why:

First, here is the video of what it looks like there:

Need I say more about why you should visit this spot? If so, then well OK! Here is the second reason:

natural bridges oregon

While Secret Beach is one of the most beautiful places on the Oregon Coast that I’ve visited, my top choice would have to be Natural Bridges and luckily it is right near it so you can either access Natural Bridges by car, and hit up the very next parking lot area (there is a sign for Natural Bridges so you won’t miss it).

There is also a nature trail which goes through these and other areas of Samuel H. Boardman park which contains these 2 spots.

The hike to Natural Bridges is strenuous, steep and often dangerous, but if you’re not into doing that, you can see this beautiful place from an overlook that is right near the parking lot.

This is ultimately where I want to kayak through if I get the chance next time, as it has several beautiful natural bridges to go through and scenery to enjoy.

But overall, the point is, if you’re going to see the Oregon Coast and Secret Beach, you have to see Natural Bridges too and because both of these spots are so close together, you’ll easily be able to do that.

5) Check out Samuel H. Boardman Park overall:

hiking through secret beach on the oregon coast

Secret Beach, Natural Bridges and other spots that are on the 101 road in this area are all park of what is known as Samuel H. Boardman Park and while these 2 spots are my favorite in the entire area, if you’re driving through the park which is about 20 or more miles, you will see signs for many more places and I highly recommend stopping at all of them.

For me, besides these 2 areas, Whaleshead is also highly recommended and is my 3rd choice in the places to see at Samuel H. Boardman Park, with Secret Beach being 2nd and Natural Bridges 1st. 

And frankly, I’d dare say that out of all the places I’ve seen on the Oregon Coast, the area which belongs to Samuel H. Boardman Park is the most beautiful and a must visit if you’re traveling through the Pacific Coast Highway.

And it’s also a great area for day hikes along the Oregon Coast too!

So now that you know about all of this and Secret Beach, I want to hear about your adventures once you go there and if you have your own additional recommendations to share! 

6 thoughts on “5 Things About Secret Beach in Oregon That You Need to Know”

  1. I can’t understand why you would just completely exploit this location? I’m a local and have watched this special location become more heavily trafficked and littered. It was ridiculous this summer with trash, toilet paper, underwear etc. Along with way more people than I’ve seen here before. This is because of exploitative blogs/tagging like this from people who do not live here bringing others who do not follow LNT principles. Please rethink what you’re doing. It destroys these delicate locations and turns them into amusement parks.

    • Hi while I can totally respect your point, I disagree with what you’re asking me to do and the main reasons why are:

      1) Because these are public areas.
      2) I don’t endorse any littering or acting out to ruin these spots and I personally respect the areas (can’t speak for others though).
      3) No matter how much you try to hide these spots from people, there will always be word of mouth, social media and other places that attract people and while most people who visit are good and respect the area, you will always find those who don’t. This would happen with or without my blog (which doesn’t actually get a lot of visitors anyway).
      4) Seasons matter for this too. Highly trafficked hiking spots happen during the warmer seasons everywhere so while I understand you wanting to keep it a secret, it’s not really possible to do this.
      5) My blog is for responsible people who want to enjoy beautiful travels and experience the beauty of Oregon and other spots I visit.
      6) If I read this blog post as a stranger, I’d be happy that this kind of spot was shared because I love finding new places like these.
      7) I can honestly relate to what you’re saying, because I also have hiking areas that I frequent that have become more and more trafficked due the same reasons and the same problems happen too.
      8) Of the spots I visit, I also know of locals who treat these beautiful areas I know as playgrounds and leave their trash. It doesn’t matter if it’s a local or not, what matters is the person themselves and if they aren’t good people, they’ll do these things and if they are good people, they won’t.

  2. In my 50 years of traveling and photographing the American west I would say when it comes to littering and destroying parks and scenic places, you need to look at the locals first. No tourist drives to the Oregon coast from Minnesota to dump their washer and dryer in the woods.

    Indian reservations in WA have now barred tourists from their beaches. They said it was garbage and vandalism. Whoops the garbage didn’t stop. So now they have to look at the tribe members themselves for the fires, beer bottles and wrecked cars and old tires.

    • Hi Mike, I agree with you in many ways but let me clarify my position:

      1) When you make a certain beautiful area accessible to more people, MOST of them, tourist or otherwise will be fine and respect the rules, and keep things clean.

      2) However, there will always be a certain and small proportion of people who do not respect the rules and destroy the environment and no matter how many blanket rules or laws you pass, you will not be able to change these people’s personalities. If they were irresponsible before, they won’t magically become responsible all of a sudden because of new rules.

      3) Your experience in hiking the west areas and citing those experiences is really similar to mine hiking the northern parts of New York State, where areas I frequently hike have ALWAYS had bad apples, at first locals, and then when it became more accessible, it pretty much stayed the same. The locals in my experience were actually the ones who triggered the rules to be put into effect due to their behavior. This is what I mean:

      I hike the Catskills and 15 years ago, certain areas of a beautiful waterfall were not easy to reach. However, many locals knew how but some of those locals weren’t exactly responsible people and you had situations where they’d get drunk, fall off cliffs and die in other cases and eventually, the cases built up to such a point, that the local government started projects to make these spots more safe and accessible.

      Now when I go there, yes the crowds are larger (and I dislike it to be honest), but I have not noticed an increase in the amount of garbage I see there. So I agree with your point.

      4) I got criticized by “revealing” the Secret Beach location before and I basically said the same thing to the person criticizing me as I am here. It’s a mixed bag and while I respect the idea of keeping certain places secret, if they are on public lands, people should have a right to know where it is, especially if they are responsible and want to experience beautiful things in life, like visiting Secret Beach.

      Would love to know your thoughts on this, and thanks for your comment.


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