180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Astounding Oregon Coast Hikes, Killer Views
|One of those fabulous secret cliffs to explore
The coming of spring means hiking to many. And if you're
looking for an astounding view with your hike, the Oregon coast is calling
Secret Otter Crest Trail
If you're driving just south of Depoe Bay, you may notice
a tiny, nondescript road called Otter Crest Road - one that may not peak
As it meanders below 101, it becomes a one-lane road less
than a mile down, at a spot just before where a big landslide tore the
road away years ago. It's never been the same since - thankfully - as
central Oregon coast officials have turned it into a pleasant, canopied
and paved walkway next to the road, above beautiful, rather secretive
|These cliffs are some of the more spectacular scenery on the coast
- and they're great for watching whales somewhat close up
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This quarter-mile walkway ends up at Cape Foulweather,
where you can also park to make this small but mesmerizing journey. It's
a very easy walk - and an especially tranquil one.
For something more adventurous, wander down to the cliffs
just below the paved trail and take in some unbelievable views. The best
way to get to these is at the north end of where the loop dead-ends.
Park here, hop the fence and you'll find a steep trail
meandering as you abruptly enter a dark forest area (which sometimes boasts
really huge, wildly-colored mushrooms). The scenery explodes in front
of you with a sense of the spectacular and the grandiose as you step out
of the forest to a big ocean vista.
This area is an amazing labyrinth of rocky cliffs, pointy
things and smooth things, and parts of these basalt slabs actually form
flat seats overlooking some incredibly dramatic wave action.
A trail running along side of the hill let's you access
a second cliff just south of it.
|Entrance to Tillamook Head from the Seaside end
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It rises about 1,100 feet at one point. It's where part
of Lewis & Clark's troupe walked to what is now Cannon Beach to check
out a beached whale. And it offers stunning views of the ocean, rock islands
and the mysterious Tillamook Head Lighthouse a mile offshore. But mostly,
Tillamook Head has hiking trails throughout it, which are accessible from
both the Seaside and the Cannon Beach sides, although it's a 6-mile hike
over the entire headland.
This is highly recommended for exploration with numerous
breathtaking views to be found on this cliff structure, and in such places
there are always hidden spots in the brush and forest. Indeed, there are
the remnants of an old army bunker in the brush at some point along this
|Tillamook Head, looking down
Lucky for you, there are easier ways to enjoy it than the
full trip. Starting at the Cannon Beach side, begin your jaunt at Ecola
Point in Ecola State Park and hike 1.5 miles to the parking lot at Indian
Beach. Continue on another 1.5 miles from there and you'll get to Tillamook
Head's point and see the bunker, find a primitive camping spot for hikers
as well as enjoy breathtaking views of a rugged beach and the lighthouse.
Round the bend of the point, and it's another four miles
to the Seaside trailhead, past more incredible views, including the summit
and a point Merewether Lewis wrote about - undoubtedly the first tourist
happy with his experience on the Oregon coast. If you take the Seaside
trailhead, that side has a much steeper incline.
|The entrance to the trail is near this unmarked beach at the Lincoln/Lane
Wander along streams, through a thick Douglas Fir forest
and stand awe struck at the incredible views at the summit. Gaze in wonder
at the ancient Sitka Spruces still left after logging of the area and
maybe catch sight of a salamander, deer or even a bear amidst the huckleberry
and swordferns. That’s what you’ll find at this heady hike
between Yachats and Florence.
Two trailheads let you onto the trail. The lower trailhead
starts 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 forest. Look for MP 168 and turn east. It's almost kitty-corner from
the entrance to Neptune State Park.
At the top is another parking lot, which you can reach
by a forest service road. That road begins some two miles south of the
road leading to the lower trailhead. It is almost kitty-corner to the
Strawberry Hill entrance, and takes you some ten miles up steep and winding
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Experts advise taking this route and arranging a car waiting
for you at the lower trailhead because it's much easier to descend.
|View from Cape Lookout
Cape Lookout's Many Delights
This majestic headland is packed full of incredible views,
a wondrous forest overhead and numerous surprises - plus there are three
trails to enjoy.
The Cape Trail makes a five-mile loop around the entire
cape, winding up at the tip of this majestic outcropping where, if the
weather permits, you can catch sight of Cascade Head and Cape Foulweather
- some 40 miles to the south. To the north, you can even see Tillamook
Head - about 42 miles to the north. It's primarily an easy trek with very
little elevation gain. But there are enough uphill stretches to induce
heavy breathing in even the most hardy.
About a half mile down the Cape Trail - at one of the first
railed lookout spots - there's the Crash Sight Memorial, where a World
War II B-17 bomber slammed into the headland in 1942.
|Memorial to the aircraft
The aircraft was based out of Pendleton, Oregon and was
on maneuvers when, due to fog, it crashed into Cape Lookout and cut a
swath through the headland 50 ft. wide and 500 ft. long. All but one of
the 11-man crew were killed in the crash. He was found two days later
and eventually recovered. The plane pretty much disintegrated upon impact,
and all its pieces have either been eaten by the forest or been taken
by souvenir hunters in the last 55-plus years.
The South Trail veers off to the left of the Cape Trail,
taking you down to a hidden cove and a secluded, very sandy beach - eventually
connecting to the Sand Beach campground area about four miles to the south
This is no easy trek, however. It's a zigzagging plod downward through
two miles of trail before you hit the beach, so you can assume the hike
back up will be a hellish one.
|Cape Lookout State Park
The North Trail leads you down to Cape Lookout State Park
and the picnic areas. The trail moves downhill about 2 miles, making it
a fairly easy hike. From the state park to the upper trailhead is all
uphill, however, and a much more strenuous safari.
Keep in mind, except at the absolute driest times
of the year, these paths often contain spots which are extremely muddy
and damp. After all, they essentially plod through a rain forest. There's
also quite a bit of wind up here on top of this lofty headland, even on
a day where it seems like there's little wind on the beaches. So be advised
of the weather and wind conditions before you go.
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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
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decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
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