180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
Hiking It and Roughing It on Oregon's
(Oregon Coast) – Some of the nation’s most
pristine scenery lies on Oregon’s coast, which is also known as
being perhaps the cleanest beaches in the U.S. It’s where striking,
giant cliffs of basalt tower over long stretches of immaculate sands,
and what look like boundless forests loom in the near east of the small
mountains all scrunched up together in undulating waves of dark green.
It’s here where bundles of beautiful hiking trails
snake their through these tiny mountain ranges, providing stunning ocean
vistas at times. And it’s where numerous campgrounds – both
modern and primitive – dot the trails, beaches and headlands.
INTO LUXURY, HISTORY AT THE TIDES
TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years a favorite of Seaside
visitors. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated.
Suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes,
one or two bed family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining
rooms. Oceanview cottages sleep anywhere from two to eight, w/ two
bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens. Heated outdoor
pool, enormous grounds w/ picnic tables - all at quiet southern
end of Seaside. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.
Cape Lookout State Park
Cape Lookout State Park, the road changes from Whiskey Creek Road to Cape
Lookout Road - hence the sign that reads milepost 0 here.
The beach at this popular park – a ways west of Tillamook,
on the Three Capes Tour - is mostly one immense, sandy stretch, going
on for nearly five miles to the north into Netarts Spit. Parts of the
beach dip steeply into the tide line, causing the waves to crash loudly
and abruptly, then quickly running out of steam and altogether creating
an intense, natural spectacle.
Hiking on the Netarts Spit is no small feat, but you'll
dig the solitude as much as the opportunity for clam digging. A ways after
the two-mile point, look for paths onto higher dunes for more stunning
viewpoints. Along much of the way, green, mushy marshland follows you
to the end of the spit, where roses, wild strawberries and other plant
life delectables lie on the pathways.
If you're hiking this entire sandy wonder and looking to
make this journey in a loop, this is sometimes a difficult undertaking.
There is no official Return Route around the spit. However, the bayside
is filled with thick vegetation, and if you're really willing to rough
it, you could trudge through the brush even without a real trail.
Cape Lookout boasts 191 campsites (two accommodating the disabled), one
electrical site, four group camping areas, a reservable picnic area, a
meeting hall, four yurts, 54 full RV hookup campsites (maximum 30 feet),
full restroom and shower facilities as well as a waste disposal station.
has a $3 day-use fee. Campsite reservations can be made at (503) 842-2545.
Whalen State Park
A few miles south of Cape Lookout, and about five miles
from Pacific City, a small clump of forest lies at the center of this
tiny park, lined by picnic tables, campsites and a lovely view of the
marshy, mushy Sand Lake. There's no beach access here, but it's a swell
spot for boating, fishing, bird watching or just taking in the sights.
The park is located on a slightly steep drop just off the
side of the road and you might miss it if you blink. It features a reservable
group area and RV hookups as well. The forest on this “island”
has some interesting ruins of a cabin hidden deep within.
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch
Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
Nehalem Bay State Park and Manzanita
one’s a real killer: there's nothing like standing on this beach
and having to strain your neck to look up at Neahkahnie Mountain looming
A wide and beautiful sandy beach fills the eye at the stunning
little burgh of Manzanita. Although at the beach’s northernmost
access – near Neahkahnie Rd. – it quickly becomes large cobblestones
until it ends at the base of Neahkahnie Mt. some 200 feet down.
The most obvious beach accesses lie past its downtown and
at the bottom of the main road, Laneda Rd. But there are numerous hidden
ones south of there, between the homes, along the beachside roads. These
eventually dead-end at a back entrance to Nehalem Bay State Park.
the north end of Nehalem, you’ll find the park and its numerous
hiking possibilities. This sprawling shoreline of nothing but sand goes
on for over two miles. A good two miles down the sand spit you may find
spots to watch seals rather closely.
City Vacation Homes
Something for everyone: smaller homes
with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All are either oceanfront
or just a few steps away – all with a low bank access and
fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to
the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies: fireplaces,
multiple bedrooms, dishwashers, Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs,
cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s a loft in one, and another
sprawling home has two apartments. Pets allowed in some homes
– ask first. Each comes with complete kitchens. Most have
seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230
per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
But don't get too close: bothering them in their natural
habitat is illegal.
This beautiful state campground contains 284 campsites,
full toilet systems and hot showers. Each campground features a picnic
table and a fire pit. There’s also a horse camp with 17 sites and
two corrals, and a company sits onsite providing horse rides during the
Cummins Creek Trails and Beaches
Neptune State Park
Between Yachats and Florence sit some of the Oregon coast’s
most amazing beaches. And with it comes a famous trail: the Cummins Creek
Trail, just south of milepost 168.
This trailhead is part of the Cummins Ridge trail, starting
some 2 miles down a twisty gravel road. There is a barricade and parking
lot at the end, where the trail begins a six-mile ascent through lush
At the top is another parking lot, which is accessible
by the Cummins Ridge Trailhead, some two miles south of the Cummins Creek
Trailhead on 101. For the Cummins Creek Trailhead, look for MP 168 and
turn east. It’s almost kitty-corner from the entrance to Neptune
Travel a little bit farther south and you’ll find
the Cummins Ridge Trailhead. This road, also on the east side of the highway
(and almost kitty-corner to the Strawberry Hill entrance), takes you some
ten miles up steep and winding roads to the upper trailhead of the Cummins
Ridge trail. It’s all just less than a quarter mile from the first
entrance to the north.
POINT Newport - Offers only the finest in luxury condominium
lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the
All units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens,
wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private
decks. Friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer
service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795.
Nearby Neptune State Park is a pretty place, lodged in
the middle of forestland and rather easy to drive past if you’re
not looking carefully. There’s picnic tables, restrooms, a small
patch of forest to wander in and access to a small, cobblestone beach.
At low tides, you can continue walking south, stoop in wonder over tide
pools or check out the sea cave about a quarter of a mile down.
Neptune State Park
Or, just north of all the trailheads and Neptune, immediately
next to MP 168, you’ll find an unmarked access with a load of treasures
and interesting finds. A parking lot gives way to two routes to this varied
and rather amazing beach.
Walk the winding, twisting path over the bluff to hop onto
large basalt structures filled with cracks and crevices that give glimpses
of churning waves beneath you. They’ll sometimes squirt water up
at you. Wander here to find tide pools and watch the sea knock logs around.
Or walk down a lengthy but smooth and paved trail from
the parking lot to the sandy part of this beach, which makes for a cozy
little cove, bordered by the cliffs of Neptune State Park to the south.
You can probably hop up and down the basalt structures
from here as well, and part of the rock forms an intriguing arch in the
sand. At its northernmost, there’s a small cove and tiny patch of
beach which ends in a large wall. It’s all just a tiny bit after
the county line and MP 168.
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family
vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with
over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection
of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses
– from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln
City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds
of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces,
beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers.
Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside
Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites,
1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people.
Rent entire property for 20-26. Close to beach, river and Broadway
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
tub. Comfy robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens
and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a
double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and private deck.
Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person
romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate
oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For family
reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect
to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly.
523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938.
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort
hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled
against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine
in penthouse restaurant and bar, for casual meal or candlelight
dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other
Northwest favorites, including decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range
from bedrooms to studios to 1-bedroom suites with microwaves and
refrigerators to full kitchens. Also, wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise
room and year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love the game
room and easy beach access. Full-service conference/meeting rooms
for that inspirational retreat; extensive wedding possibilities.
4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161.
at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south
end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by
the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach
strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering
gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting guest rooms.
Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly.
Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine
and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At
Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.
Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean
front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun
(nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent
smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood
burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive
book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet
breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select
rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies.
888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon.
for Freaky, Creepy Mole Crabs on Oregon Coast Beaches The
little critters make the tideline bubble and feel really weird as they
run across your feet
Transformations of Oregon Coast Beaches Seasons change
and so do beaches, revealing different sides and a variety of eye-popping
Found on Oregon Beach May Be 80,000 Years Old - They
are the remnants of a forest apparently 80,000 years old, found at Hug
or Night Mysteries and Merriment on Oregon Coast It's
more than just nightlife that comes to life, but the beaches offer major
Up for Summer Camping on Oregon's Coast There are
dozens of campsites, providing exceptional opportunities for beachcombing