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Where to Hike on the Oregon Coast

June 25, 2015

Cape Lookout Trail at Cape Lookout State Park
5 miles, out-and-back trail

Head an hour northeast of Spirit Mountain and you’ll find yourself at the trailhead of Cape Lookout, a meandering 2.5-mile path that leads right to the ocean. You’ll be well-rewarded at the end: In addition to clean, quiet beaches, you’ll also get some of the best whale watching in the state.

Heceta Head Trail at Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint
5 miles, loop trail

Talk about a dramatic setting! Sitting atop a rocky outcropping, Heceta Head has been guiding the way for boats for over two centuries. The half mile walk down to the lighthouse is well worth it, since guided tours are available 7 days a week and will give you an inside look at the historic site. Make sure to bring your camera: This is one of the state’s most photographed lighthouses for a reason.

Nestucca Spit Loop at Bob Straub State Park
7 miles, loop trail

This thin strip of land is surrounded by the ocean on one side and a quiet bay on the other. The unique landscape is picturesque in of itself, but seals, birds, and other marine animals complete the vision. If you want to make a day of it, the spit is also a popular clamming and crabbing destination.

Cape Meares Beach Trail at Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
5 miles, out-and-back trail

Along the course of this moderate hike, you’ll pass old growth forests, beaches, and the famous Three Arch Rocks. Save some time along the way to enjoy the vistas from Cape Meares Lighthouse. The oceanfront is also ideal for watching sea lions and whales.

Munson Falls Trail at Munson Creek Falls State Natural Site
Length: .6 miles, out-and-back trail

Cruise north along Highway 101 until you reach this quiet forested area. The short hike leads you through lush old growth until you reach the falls. Water cascades down 300 feet of sheer cliff side, making it the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range. Have lunch at the picnic tables before meandering your way back to the trailhead.

Which one are you adding to the top of your to-do list this summer? Make sure to share your trail stories with the Spirit Mountain community in the comments or on Facebook-- and happy hiking!
 


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