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Oregon Coast Hikes

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide


North Oregon Coast

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Astoria Area
Astoria Riverwalk Hike Easy 12.8 0 Take a rails-to-trails route along the Columbia River waterfront of the oldest American settlement on the Pacific Coast
Clatsop Spit Loop Hike Easy 4.6 10 Very pleasant amble at the mouth of the Columbia with lots of wildlife
Fort Stevens Loop Hike Moderate 10.0 40 Hike to historic artillery batteries, a shipwreck, dune thickets and a coastal lake
Fort Stevens Military Loop Hike Easy 2.6 20 Visit various military fortifications and buildings dating to the Civil War
Fort to Sea Hike Moderate 5.0 160 Varied ramble from Fort Clatsop to Sunset Beach
Netul River Hike Easy 1.5 20 Easy walk along the Lewis and Clark River
Cullaby Lake Loop Hike Easy 1.5 30 Loop around the north end of Gearhart Fen and to a natural lake

Cannon Beach Area
Clatsop Loop Hike Easy 3.0 700 Loop hike to a view of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
Tillamook Head Traverse Hike Moderate 6.3 1350 Forested traverse hike from Seaside to Ecola
Cannon Beach Hike Moderate 10.2 25 Hike to secluded beaches past headlands and picturesque sea stacks
Hug Point Hike Easy 0.5 20 Beach stroll to a small waterfall, caves and historic roadgrade

Oswald West State Park
Arch Cape to Short Sand Beach Hike Difficult 15.9 2750 Take the Oregon Coast Trail through dense forest to a magnificent headland
Cape Falcon Hike Moderate 4.8 160 Mostly level hike passed a small cascade to a lovely viewpoint
Neahkahnie Mountain from North Hike Moderate 5.0 1450 Longer hike to the summit of Neahkanie Mountain
Neahkahnie Mountain from South Hike Moderate 3.0 840 Quicker hike to the summit of Neahkanie Mountain
Neahkahnie Mountain Loop Hike Moderate 5.4 1450 Loop hike requires some road walking

Nehalem Bay to Tillamook Bay
Nehalem Spit Loop Hike Easy 5.2 25 Make a loop using an ocean beach and mossy bayshore woods

Three Capes Scenic Area
Bayocean Spit Loop Hike Moderate 7.6 50 Beach and bay ramble out to the site of a 1920s area resort town swallowed by the unforgiving ocean
Cape Meares Hike Moderate 5.4 885 Hike from a beach to enjoy old growth spruce, a lighthouse, and clifftop vistas
Short Beach Hike Easy 1.4 95 Hike an intriguing trail down to a narrow cobbled beach
Oceanside to Netarts Hike Easy 6.4 20 On this beach walk, find secluded coves, look for wildlife on Three Arch Rocks, and walk to Netarts Bay
Netarts Spit Hike Moderate 11.2 60 Hike to the end of Northwest Oregon's longest spit
Cape Lookout North Hike Moderate 9.6 2340 Forested walk with elevation gain and loss and clifftop views
Cape Lookout Hike Moderate 4.8 250 Whale watching hike out to the tip of a dramatic peninsula
Cape Lookout South Hike Easy 3.6 840 Shady hike down to a secluded beach at the base of the cliffs
Whalen Island Hike Easy 1.3 50 Easy family loop hike through a coastal forest and estuary
Sand Lake-Cape Kiwanda Hike Moderate 8.2 240 Hike the beach between a natural estuary and Cape Kiwanda's Great Dune
Cape Kiwanda Hike Easy 2.2 230 Short hike to views of a stunning headland and the top of a high sand dune
Nestucca Spit Loop Hike Moderate 7.5 60 Loop hike taking in a beach, wetlands, and an enchanted forest

Northern Coast Range

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
From Highway 30
Liahona Loop Hike Easy 3.6 730 Forested loop undulating around Camp Wilkerson County Park
Beaver Falls Hike Easy 0.7 100 Short walk to an attractive waterfall splashing into a basalt amphitheater
Gnat Creek Hike Moderate 8.1 710 Hike along a secluded Coast Range creek; shorter loop also possible

Banks - Vernonia
Banks-Vernonia Traverse Hike Moderate 20.7 820 Easy walking on a now paved former railroad line; the hike is described in five sections
Stub Stewart Northern Loop Hike Easy 4.1 480 Gentle loop through the forest at the north end of Stub Stewart State Park
Boomscooter-Bumping Knots Loop Hike Moderate 9.1 1630 Two loops in Stub Stewart State Park, including the isolated southwestern section
Williams Creek-Hares Canyon Loop Hike Moderate 10.7 1910 This hike links four east-side loops in Stub Stewart State Park and includes a couple of viewpoints
Vernonia Lake Loop Hike Easy 2.9 15 Flat hike on a paved trail around the Oregon-American Lumber Company's mill pond

From Highway 26
Saddle Mountain Hike Moderate 5.5 1600 Hike to the summit of Saddle Mountain

Tillamook Branch Area
Wolf Creek Trestle Hike Moderate 10.0 740 Walk from the highest point on the line through two tunnels and over two big trestles
Belding Hike Difficult 7.2 570 The most heavily damaged portion is accessed from the middle
Enright via North Fork Hike Difficult 9.4 490 Four tunnels, a river wade and a water tank
Lower Salmonberry River Hike Moderate 9.6 275 Gently graded railroad hike along the beautiful lower Salmonberry River
Tillamook Branch Traverse Hike Difficult 15.7 1360 The whole shebang from top to bottom, requires two cars

From Reehers Camp
North Gales Creek Trail Hike Moderate 6.8 1465 Begin at the Nehalem River and hike to a ridge crest in the Tillamook State Forest
Step Creek Loop Hike Moderate 7.6 860 Take a little-used trail up a creek valley and then loop west to join the Gales Creek Trail
Triple C Loop Hike Easy 2.1 180 Short hike along the Nehalem River and through secondary forest

Highway 6: Rogers Camp Area
Gales Creek Hike Difficult 13.6 2040 Hike up the secluded Gales Creek valley to a ridge crest
Low Divide Creek Hike Moderate 5.2 705 Hike down to Gales Creek in lush woodland
Storey Burn Loop Hike Moderate 8.1 1645 Forested loop with numerous creeks
University Falls Loop Hike Moderate 8.0 1275 Loop hike through lush forest, including a waterfall and historic stagecoach route
Wilson River Wagon Road Hike Moderate 11.6 1800 Hike a historic stagecoach road from the Devil's Lake Fork to Stagecoach Camp
University Falls Hike Easy 0.7 180 Short hike to a 60-foot waterfall

Highway 6: Elk/Kings Mountain Area
Elk Creek Hike Difficult 9.6 2100 The "easier" hike in the area
Elk Mountain Hike Moderate 3.2 2080 Hike to the summit of Elk Mountain, very steep and slippery, nice views
Elk Mountain-King's Mountain Loop Hike Difficult 10.8 3700 Hike to the summits of Elk Mountain and King's Mountain
King's Mountain Hike Moderate 5.0 2500 Hike to the summit of King's Mountain, in the woods with fewer views, steep last section
Kings Mountain Junior Loop Hike Moderate 5.9 2695 Uncrowded loop option taking a narrow ridge to the Kings summit

Highway 6: Wilson River
Wilson River Traverse Hike Difficult 22.6 3950 Long hike with many creeks, views and small waterfalls; described in five sections for easier day hikes

Nestucca Hills
Munson Creek Falls Hike Easy 0.6 95 Easy trail to the Coast Range's tallest waterfall
Hebo Lake Loop Hike Easy 0.4 10 Loop around a forest lake and popular trout fishing destination
Mount Hebo Hike Difficult 16.0 3230 Hike to a moorland plateau and then down Hebo's remote back side to secluded lakes
Niagara Falls Hike Easy 2.0 350 Hike down to visit two waterfalls in the Coast Range

Central Oregon Coast

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Cascade Head Area
Cannery Hill Hike Easy 1.4 230 Walk in a wildlife refuge to a hillcrest viewpoint
Neskowin Beach to Porter Point Hike Moderate 9.6 15 Check out sea stacks, shallow caves, and a drowned forest on this beach hike
Cascade Head Hike Moderate 6.8 1310 Steep hike with stunning views and endangered flora and fauna
Hart's Cove Hike Moderate 5.4 1000 Hike down into a coastal meadow with views of the ocean and a waterfall

Lincoln City Area
Cape Foulweather Hike Easy 0.6 120 Quick stroll to a hidden meadow with ocean views
Devil's Punchbowl Hike Easy 0.6 50 Low tide beach walk to tidepools and the inside of a collapsed sea cave

Newport Area
Yaquina Head Hike Easy 3.4 490 See whales, seals, seabirds, basalt formations, and a historic lighthouse at this beautiful headland
Big Creek-Forest Park Hike Easy 3.6 560 Walk the wetlands and spruce forest on the back side of Newport
Mike Miller Park Loop Hike Easy 1.2 115 Loop around a pocket of old-growth Sitka spruce and hemlock
Cooper Ridge-South Beach Loop Hike Easy 3.3 70 Wander through dense rhododendron thickets and then out to the beach

Central Coast Range

Hike Difficulty Distance Elevation Change Notes
Drift Creek/Siletz River Area
Drift Creek Falls Hike Easy 3.0 490 Hike to a spectacular trail bridge
Valley of the Giants Loop Hike Easy 1.4 535 Walk around a relic stand of massive Douglas-firs and hemlocks

Kings Valley Area
Fort Hoskins Loop Hike Easy 1.8 430 Hike through a meadow and around the site of a historic fort
Beazell Memorial Forest Loop Hike Easy 3.9 885 Two short loops through forest and meadows

Marys Peak Area
Marys Peak East Ridge Hike Moderate 5.5 1200 Hike through old growth to the summit
Marys Peak Meadow Edge Hike Easy 1.8 450 Wander through wildflower meadows and ancient Noble Firs
Marys Peak North Ridge Hike Moderate 9.0 1900 Switchback to the summit in solitude through a magestic forest
Marys Peak Summit Hike Easy 1.5 400 An easy walk around the summit of Marys Peak
Alsea and Green Peak Falls Hike Easy 4.2 230 Visit two waterfalls in lush forest; optional loop to see old growth trees
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