God's Thumb is a moderately trafficked 4.4 mile out and back on the coast of Lincoln City, OR that's best to visit between March and October. My roommate and I set out on a spontaneous weekend trip to the Oregon Coast in the beginning of June, I know... this article is super delayed... haha We decided Friday night that we'd set out early Saturday morning for the coast to hike God's Thumb and then stay in the cutest airbnb of ALL TIME right on the coast, then hike into the Suislaw Forest the next morning. This hike is rated as easy to moderate on many hiking apps which I believe would be accurate... if you didn't have to walk all way from the parking lot (see map info below). The walk from the parking lot to the trail head goes through a beautiful neighborhood but man is it up hill as all heck!
About a mile and a half into the hike there will be a fork in the trail and there aren't a ton (or any) signs saying which way actually heads to God's Thumb. My friend Nicole and I guessed left first, which of course was wrong, but I'm so glad we made the mistake! Turning left took us to the most gorgeous look out point of the coast and most of Newport all in sight, and you can also see Devil's Lake tucked into the mountains to the far left. I figured there had to be a story if Devil's Lake and God's Thumb are in the same town, so of course I had to look it up! According to Oregon Geographic Names, the name derives from a Native American legend. In the legend,a giant fish or other huge marine animal would surface, much to the dismay of anyone fishing in the area. I wasn't able to find near the same info on the background of God's Thumb but where you get to the end of the hike, it really does look like a thumbs up with a view that only someone/something out of this world could've created! Anywhooooo, turning left at the fork only added an extra quarter mile, if that, but the views were absolutely incredible that it added at least 45 minutes because of all the pictures we wanted to take!
Once you turn back from the coastal look out and head back towards the fork, you'll continue onto where you would've turned right before to finally head up to God's Thumb! The last half mile or so until you finally see the Thumb is tough to say the least, with mostly an uphill battle, but as soon as you see the clearing you know the hard work and heavy breathing was SO worth it!! If you aren't bringing a camera up to the top with you, I'd suggest leaving any backpacks or anything you're holding near the meadow below the Thumb because you'll want both hands for balance to basically climb your way to the top.
Although it may be nice weather when you start the hike, reaching the top is windier than any other place on the coast... so dress warm and be careful. I don't know about any of you, but I am a tad bit terrified of heights and standing on the very top of God's Thumb while the wind was whipping me around... let's just say I sat down real quickly lol
Please note: Parking for this trail is located at the Road's End State Park. From the parking lot, visitors can walk to Logan Street and walk one block north to 61st street, cross Logan Creek and follow 61st as it curves to the left. Keep straight at Spindrift and then make a right on 63rd Street. Cross Neptune Drive and walk up to the left on Port Drive, which curves along a ridge lined with residences. This will feel like you're going uphill for a long time, but turn right where Port Drive becomes a gravel road and keep straight at Sal La Sea Drive. At the end of this street, you'll see the gate to begin the hike... I was already out of breath by this point and still had a LONG ways to go! -Info taken from AllTrails.com and tested by my roommate and I :)