The Humbug Mountain Trail is not for the faint of heart. While not tremendously long at a total of 4 1/2 miles, this trail will leave one feeling like they hiked up a mountain. Which they did.
The trail begins at a parking lot right off of highway 101. It proceeds about 1 mile to a fork. At this point the trail becomes a loop trail with a hike of just over 1 1/2 miles to the top if one proceeds to the right and just under 2 miles if one proceeds to the left.
For most of the hike, you will find that the trail is in thick forest with lush undergrowth. Along the Western portion of the trail there are brief opening offering views of the ocean and along the East portion views of the coast range. However, this is not a view trail. Rather, this is a trail that fills one with the moist rich nature of a coastal mountain.
Nearby is a second trail that we have not hiked and, thus can not speak to very well. It is called the “Old Highway Trail” and is paved most of the way. This trail parralels the current highway in either dircetion from the Humbug mountain park and offers views of the coast.
To get to this trail proceed South on Highway 101 through the towns of Langlois and Port Orford. 6 Miles past Port Orford, the highway turns, drops down a hill, crosses a creek and turns east as it goes around the back side of Humbug Mountain. The park entry is on the left and the hiking trail parking lot is on the right about 1/4 mile after crossing the creek.