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Otter Point

 

This little secret is a must see for those who travel along the Oregon Coast. Park your car and take a short walk out to the point and gaze at the waves crashing below, the surf at the cove to the north, or the broad long Bailey Beach to the south. If you have time, there is a 10-minute hike to the south. For the adventurous, there is a short but challenging trail on the north off the parking lot down to the cove. On a clear day, it is possible to see the light from the Cape Blanco Lighthouse to the north. It is also an excellent whale watching point, if one is lucky.

 

There is access to Bailey Beach to the south through a 10 minute hike downhill, or to a secluded beach and tide pool to the north via a very steep and challenging climb. This is not recommended at high tide and certainly not during storms.

 

Access is easy from short drive off of Route 101 along the Old Coast Road, to a gravel parking lot.
While the north trail is more of a challenge, it leads to an excellent area to go tidepooling at low tide. If you decide to hike beyond the next point at low tide, be careful to return before the tide comes in.

 

Bailey Beach

 

Bailey Beach is a lonely stretch of soft gentle sand that stretches more than 5miles and is a favorite for a relaxing stroll. It is not unusual to walk the three miles and not see a single person. The beach is bordered by the shear cliffs of Otter Point on the north and the Rogue River on the south. On a clear day, it is possible to see the light from the Cape Blanco Lighthouse to the north. During low tides, it is a favorite of the locals to dig for razor clams.


Access to Bailey Beach is easy, with parking off the Old Coast Road just north of the Rogue River Jetty, at the gravel parking lot a mile north, or at Otter Point Park (see above) or from the center. The north hike includes a 10 minute down hill hike from Otter Point parking lot. The easiest access point is from the center.

 

Dogs are welcomed. 4-wheel drive access is allowed by licensed vehicles from the south.

 

USGA maps label this Barley Beach which is incorrect according to the locals.