A hiker’s paradise surrounds Cannon Beach with well-marked trails and incredible views. Hiking maps are available at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce. Additional hiking opportunities extend towards the Tillamook area.
1. Saddle Mountain: Approximately a 2-hour hike up and 1-1/2 hours down; usually open March to December. Hiking boots are suggested, and it is not recommended for small children. Fairly difficult hike.
2. Ecola Park to Indian Beach: A 2-mile hike from the parking lot in Ecola Park; allow 45 minutes to 1-hour each way. Offers open views of the ocean, off-shore rocks, birds, and occasional sea lions.
3. The Clatsop Loop: Ecola State Park and Indian Beach.
4. Tillamook Head: 6 miles each way beginning at either Seaside or Indian Beach; allow 3-hours each way. Usually open all year. Highest point is 1,200 feet.
5. Short Sands Beach: Approximately a 30-minute hike into a rain forest along a creek.
6. Cape Falcon: 2 miles each way; allow 1-1/2 hours each way. Usually open all year. Highest point is 300 feet and a magnificent view at the top.
7. Neahkahnie Mountain: 1-mile each way; allow 1-1/2 hours each way. Usually open all year. Highest point is 1,631 feet. Views are spectacular and highly recommended!
8. Cape Lookout: 2-1/2 miles each way; allow 1-1/2 hours each way. Open all year. Highest point is 830 feet.
9. Cape Meares Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge: This area offers many hiking opportunities including historical sites, the Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge, and the Octopus Tree. www.capemeareslighthouse.org
10. Munson Creek Falls: Munson Creek Falls is the highest Oregon Coast waterfall. Hike the 1/4-mile path and you’ll arrive at the base of the 266 feet waterfall.
11. Bay Ocean Spit: On Tillamook Bay, the spit was once home to a popular beach resort and community in the early 1900’s before being washed away. Today it is popular for hiking, horseback and bike riding, and bird-watching.
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