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Manhattan Beach Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Neahkahnie Mountain from Nedonna Beach (bobcat)
Twin Rocks from Manhattan Beach (bobcat)
Driftwood shelter, Nedonna Beach (bobcat)
McMillan Creek, Nehalem Bay (bobcat)
The walk up Manhattan and Nedonna Beaches (not a GPS track) (bobcat) Courtesy: Google Maps
  • Start point: Rockaway Beach TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: McMillan Creek
  • Trail log:
  • Hike Type: In and out
  • Distance: 7.5 miles
  • Elevation gain: 10 feet
  • High Point: 15 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: All year
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: Yes, near the trailheads


Hike Description

Manhattan Beach is the northernmost of the three communities between Barview, at the mouth of Tillamook Bay, and the mouth of the Nehalem River (The others are Twin Rocks and Rockaway Beach). The beach walk described here begins at Rockaway Beach, where the strand is wide and shallow and is named Manhattan Beach (!). Views south are to the arch and stack of Twin Rocks and then Cape Meares. Walking north and crossing Spring Creek to Nedonna Beach, you are faced with a skyline of Coast Range icons: Neahkahnie Mountain, Angora Peak, and Onion Peak. At the Nehalem Bay Mouth, look for harbor seals and surfers riding the tidal bores.

The moniker “Manhattan” was probably given to this location as a real estate hook to attract property buyers. Nedonna Beach is a quiet escape from Manhattan Beach to the south, and you have to wade Spring Creek to get to it, which keeps the crowds away.

From the Rockaway Beach Trailhead, go down to the beach. The large sea stacks of Twin Rocks are visible to the south. On a summer's day, volleyball and badminton nets are set up and sandcastles are a-building. Cross Rockaway Creek on logs and head up the wide sandy beach. After about a mile and a half, cross Spring Creek, where you can get views of the bridge over Highway 101 and the hills behind. Cottages have lined the low dunes up to this point, but from here you're in the Manhattan Beach State Recreation Site, so the dune grass is backed by a thicket of shore pines and Sitka spruce. The beach (now named Nedonna Beach) is a little steeper here and the waves don’t wash as high. Trails lead in through dune grass, salal, and Sitka spruce to the Manhattan Beach Trailhead.

Continuing north, a panorama of coastline peaks opens up from left to right: Neahkahnie Mountain, Rock Mountain, Angora Peak, and Onion Peak. When you reach the Nehalem Bay Mouth and the South Jetty, look for surfers waiting for the tidal bores. You can hike along the rip rap at the river mouth, but be careful: the south side of the jetty wall has been “filled” with sand, driftwood, and other debris, but large chasms open up. There are also trails leading across the spit area. McMillan Creek appears to the right looping lazily through a small tidal estuary. Ducks and herons should be foraging here. The creek disappears through the jetty wall and you will reach, at the spot where Jetty Creek joins the Nehalem, a depression in the wall. Beyond is the Jetty Fishing Marina and RV Park, so this is a good place to turn around.


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Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • Oregon Beaches: A Traveler's Companion by John Shewey
  • Exploring the Oregon Coast Trail by Connie Soper
  • Oregon's Best Coastal Beaches by Dick Trout
  • The Oregon Coast Trail Guide by Jon Kenneke (eBook)
  • Oregon Coast Hikes by Paul M. Williams
  • Oregon Coast Trail: Hiking Inn to Inn by Jack D. Remington
  • A Hiker's Guide to the Oregon Coast Trail by David E.M. Bucy & Mary C. McCauley
  • Oregon State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide by Jan Bannan
  • The Dog Lover's Companion to Oregon by Val Mallinson

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