Top 5 hikes near Cannon Beach and Seaside, OR
Part of visiting the coast is enjoying the outdoors. Enjoy a hike and then relax at the beach. Below are 5 hikes near Cannon Beach and Seaside. Explore your backyard and book your stay with us at www.haystacklodgings.com
1. Neahkahnie Mountain Trailhead
The name comes from the Tillamook Indian, “Ne” translated as “place of,” and “Ekahnie” as “supreme deity.” Park at the North Neahkahnie Mountain Trailhead and go across the road from the parking area to start on the Oregon Coast Trail. This hike is a pretty high point on the coast, and so there are great views from the top. If you hike here in the Spring, there are beautiful wildflowers at the beginning of the hike. Then follow switchbacks with views of the ocean that will lead you into a Sitka spruce forest. 5.4 miles, 2-3 hrs.
2. Cape Falcon trail
This trail goes through Oswald West park and rises above Short Sands beach. You can see Neahkahnie Mountain and the town of Manzanita from this hike. Start at the Cape Falcon Trailhead where you’ll come to a sign at the half-mile mark. Turn right and follow the trail toward Cape Falcon (Short Sands beach is towards the left). You’ll see Skunk cabbage, and cross over some creeks, then you will continue on switchbacks and through some meadows. There’s an (unsigned) trail junction a bit further on. Take the path on the left, the trail from here has been cut from salal. The trail ends here with some great viewpoints. 5 miles round trip, 2.5 hrs.
3. Ecola State Park
Includes an 8 mile segment of the Oregon Coast Trail, and a 2 1/2 mile historical interpretive route called the Clatsop Loop Trail. Part of the Clatsop Loop Trail follows in the footsteps of the Corps of Discovery (the nucleus of the Lewis and Clark Expedition). Enjoy viewpoints at Ecola Point, Indian Point and Indian Beach. Tillamook Head Trail is also in the park. See #4
4. Tillamook Head Trail
Within Ecola Park is a National Recreation Trail, this is the Tillamook Head Trail extending six miles from Seaside to Cannon Beach, this trail also follows the footsteps of the Corps of Discovery. If you hike over Tillamook Head you will have a view of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.
5. Saddle Mountain
Saddle Mountain State Natural Area is about 30 minutes outside of Seaside on Hwy 26. A 2.5 mile trail to the summit will reward you with a panoramic view of the Columbia River as it goes into the sea, miles of the coast- and in the east, the Cascade Mountains in Oregon and Washington. It is recommended for experienced hikers wearing proper footwear and clothing. 5.2 miles round trip