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Cutler City Wetlands Loop Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Thickets on trail, Cutler City Wetlands, Lincoln City (bobcat)
Trailhead, Cutler City Wetlands, Lincoln City (bobcat)
Lone picnic bench, Cutler City Wetlands, Lincoln City (bobcat)
Approximate routes of trails in the open space (not a GPS track) (bobcat) Courtesy: Google Maps
  • Start point: Cutler City Wetlands TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: a small tidal pond
  • Trail log:
  • Hike Type: Loop
  • Distance: 0.8 miles
  • Elevation gain: 5 feet
  • High Point: 10 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: Year round
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No

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Hike Description

Cutler City, on Siletz Bay, was one of five separate communities in the coastal conglomeration that together formed the new municipality of Lincoln City in 1965. It is the southernmost part of Lincoln City. The trails in the open space described here were developed to be as non-intrusive as possible by Friends of the Wildwoods. There is no direct access to the Siletz River, but the eastern border of the wetland is a coastal salt marsh. Most of the land is leased from the county with some bond measure additions.

Cross a footbridge over a ditch and reach the junction for the loop, where there's a detailed map. Go right here on the Alder Trail. At the next junction, with Frodo's Trail, keep right on the West Trail over a slight rise, and enter rhododendron and evergreen huckleberry thickets: the rhododendrons will be blooming here in May/June (Cutler City has earned the distinction of being named the rhododendron capital of north Lincoln County). At the next junction, with the South Trail, keep right and then left at a spur as the trail tunnels through a mossy thicket. Cutler City homes can be seen to your right through the trees. Pass a large Sitka spruce. At a junction with a spur to 69th Street, keep left on the Pond Trail, which takes you through a forest of Sitka spruce, western hemlock, salmonberry, alder, cordgrass, evergreen huckleberry, salal, and elderberry. A spur leads right to a pond, where you can tarry a while and watch for wading birds, such as herons and egrets.

Return to the junction and stay right to continue to the junction with the Spruce Trail. Keep right again as the trail works its way through evergreen forest along the edge of a salt marsh. Keep a keen eye out for bird life. Stay right at the next junction and reach a spur to an overlook over the salt marsh. This is another good spot for observing water birds. Then return to the beginning of the loop and go right back to your vehicle on 63rd Street.

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