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Hiking

The Cannon Beach area has countless amazing hikes. Come enjoy our old-growth forests, coastal mountain range, and abundance of wild life.

SADDLE MOUNTAIN TRAIL

Three miles each way. Highest point – 3,283 feet. Allow at least two hours hiking up and 1 ½ hours hiking down. Hiking boots are recommended. Wild flowers abound. Usually open March to December. Travel to Saddle Mountain, the highest peak in the north coast range, by taking Highway 26 east to mile post 10. It is a seven mile drive from Hwy 26 to the Saddle Mountain Trail. Not advised for small children. A fairly difficult hike. Primitive campsites are available. Flush toilets / no showers.

ECOLA STATE PARK INDIAN BEACH TRAIL

A nice two mile hike from the parking lot of Ecola State Park provides open views of the ocean, off-shore rocks, a myriad of birds and occasional sea lions. Allow ¾ to an hour each way. Ecola State Park is equipped with barbecue and restroom facilities. Indian Beach is the start of the Tillamook Head Trail.

ECOLA STATE PARK - TILLAMOOK HEAD TRAIL

Six miles each way beginning at either Indian Beach or Seaside. Highest point along the trail – 1,200 feet. Allow 3 hours one way. Usually open all year. The Tillamook Head Trail traverses a cape jutting out into the sea between Seaside and Cannon Beach near Ecola State Park. A short day trip starts at Indian beach and is 2 miles. A trail side overnight camp is available.

OSWALD WEST STATE PARK - SHORT SANDS BEACH

This ½ hour hike begins about 10 miles south of Cannon Beach. There are 3 parking lots. Best to take the one on the east side of Hwy 101. It takes hikers into a rain forest along a creek that finally empties into the ocean. Campsites are available, by using the 2nd parking lot, on the west side of Hwy 101, where wheelbarrows are available for transporting gear. The sites are primitive with fresh running cold water, flush toilets, but no showers.

OSWALD WEST STATE PARK CAPE FALCON TRAIL

2 Miles each way. High point – 300 feet. Allow 1 to 1 ½ hours each way. Usually open all year. Travel to the Cape Falcon Trail by taking Hwy 101 south of Cannon Beach to Oswald West State Park. Park at the first parking lot on the west side of the highway. A gradual hike with ocean vistas.

ARCH CAPE – (connects to Cape Falcon Trail)

On the north side of tunnel go east. At this point, you enter Oswald West State Park and a 5 mile stretch to Cape Falcon treats the hiker to the lush coastal rain forest.

NEAH-KAH-NIE MOUNTAIN TRAIL

One mile each way. High point along the trail – 1,631 feet. Allow 1 ½ hours each way. Usually open all year. Travel to Neah-kah-nie Mountain Trail by taking Hwy 101 south to point 2.6 miles south of Oswald West parking area. It is across from the old Neah-kah-nie golf course. The views are spectacular.

CAPE LOOKOUT TRAIL

2 ½ miles each way. High point – 830 feet. Allow 1 ½ hours each way. Usually open all year. The Cape Lookout Trail follows a peninsula which juts into the sea, south of the city of Tillamook. Tillamook Information Center, located next to the Tillamook Cheese Factory, can provide more detailed directions.

CASCADE HEAD TRAIL

Two miles each way. High point along the trail – 600 feet. Allow 1 ½ hours each way. Open all year. Travel to Cascade Head Trail by taking Hwy 101 south to the Three Rock Road just north of the Salmon River in Tillamook County. Stop at the Tillamook Information Center for information and directions.

KINGS MOUNTAIN TRAIL

This trail is 2 ½ miles each way. Highest point – 3,226 feet. Open March to December. Travel to the Kings Mountain Trail by taking the Wilson River Highway East to Lees Camp Junction and an unmarked logging road on the north side of the highway. For more information, stop at the Tillamook Information Center, next to the Tillamook Cheese Factory.