Oregon Coast Hiking Trails
Adventure awaits you on the many amazing Oregon Coast. Throughout Manzanita Beach and the surrounding region, you will find numerous trails and hiking spots. Beautiful vistas and panoramas can be seen along the way and at the scenic destinations! Some hikes offer views of the ocean, while others bringing you deep into the luscious forests further exploring nature. You’ll even find hiking trails through Oregon’s wine country. These hikes span all difficulty levels; there are trails rated easy, moderate and difficult, depending on the level of challenge you are looking for.
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Oswald West State Park
You’ll love exploring Oswald West State Park, which is home to over 2,500 acres of preserved trees and wildlife. These are two of our favorite hikes in the park.
Short Sands Beach Hike — Half hour hike begins 10 miles south of Cannon Beach. 3 parking lots available. Use the one on the east side of Hwy 101. You will hike through a rainforest, along a creek that empties into the ocean. Campsites available using the 2nd parking lot on the west side of Hwy 101. Wheelbarrows are available to gear transport. Open all year. Primitive campsites with running cold water and flush toilets, no showers.
Cape Falcon Trail — Two miles each way. High point — 300 feet. Allow 1 to 1 ½ hour each way. Open all year. Gradual hike with ocean views. Open all year. Take Hwy 101 south of Cannon Beach, park at the 1st parking lot on the west side of the highway.
Saddle Mountain Trail
Three miles each way. High point: 3,283’. Allow at least 2 hours hiking up and 1 ½ hours down. Hiking boots recommended. Wildflowers abound. Open March-December. Directions: take Hwy 26 east to milepost 10. It’s 7 miles to the trailhead. Not recommended for small children. Primitive campsites. Flush toilets, no showers. Rated moderate to difficult.
Ecola State Park
Indian Beach Trail — Two miles each way. Allow ¾ to 1 hour each way. Open all year. Open views of the ocean, off-shore rocks, bird watching and occasional sea lions. BBQ and restroom facilities. Rated easy to moderate.
Tillamook Head Trail — Six miles each way, beginning at either Indian Beach or Seaside. High point: 1,200’. Allow 3 hours each way. Open all year. This trail traverses a cape jutting out into the sea between Seaside and Cannon Beach. Overnight campsites available. Rated moderate to difficult.
Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain Trail
One mile each way. High point-1,631’. Allow 1 ½ hour each way. Panoramic views of the coast. Open all year. Take Hwy 101 south to 2.6 miles south of Oswald West parking area. Across from the old Neah-Kah-Nie golf course.
Cape Lookout Trail
Two and a half miles each way. High point-830’. Allow 1 ½ hour each way. Open all year. Trail follows a peninsula that juts into the sea, south of Tillamook. Stop at the Tillamook Information Center next to the cheese factory for more information and directions.
Cascade Head Trail
Two miles each way. High point-600’. Allow 1 ½ hour each way. Open all year. Take Hwy 101 south to Three Rocks Road. Stop at the Tillamook Information Center next to the cheese factory for more information and directions.
King’s Mountain Trail
Two and a half miles each way. High point-3,226’. Open March to December. Take the Wilson River Hwy east to Lees Camp Junction and an unmarked logging road on the north side of the highway. Stop at the Tillamook Information Center next to the cheese factory for more information and directions.
Hiking Tips to Consider
Be sure to dress appropriately and have the right gear including hiking boots especially on the more expert level trails. Always be sure when hiking along to let someone else know where you are going and how long you may be gone for especially if cell service is minimal.
Check the weather ahead of time, it’s no fun getting caught in a storm miles from the trailhead with no real shelter in site. Following these tips and others will help ensure a safe and enjoyable hiking experience in Manzanita Beach!
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