Hart's Cove Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Neskowin, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A beautiful hike on the coast where you descend to your destination for a change! This is a wonderful hike that takes you through a temperate rainforest environment past massive trees and eventually to beautiful coastal views. If you arrive at the right time of year you may see plenty of wildflowers as well. This hike is unique as you start of the hike descending and return climbing the same switchbacks on the way back.
WOW. What an amazing hike. I would rate this a more moderate hike. Coming back up was a bit difficult but thats about it. So if you are a bit uncertain about going because it is rated as hard (like I was) do it anyways! The view is soooooo worth it. :)
Once you get to the meadow on the coast make sure you go down to the pine trees to get a nice view of the cove. Such a peaceful place! Going back up to the car is awful and so steep!! Bring lots of water!
A great trail! Found the Geocache at the end of the meadow also! Definitely moderate traffic, Great experience!!
It was a rainy day, so that may have impacted my rating. The forest was pretty to hike through. Definitely not a hard trail. Steep at the beginning and the end. You could hear the seals which was exciting, but you never could see them even at the point. The waterfall is visible but not impressive. The meadow at the end of the trail is not well maintained.
Great trail leading to a wonderful view of harts cove. The first 1/2 mile is steep switchbacks, but nice easy trail the rest of the way.
Very nice trail, we had a very good time. The trail was very nice in most areas, only a few spots overgrown, but not at all hard to pass. A couple of downed trees, but again, easily passed.
Really a great trail! There are many different elements to this hike. The forest looks as though it came straight out of a fairytale, the creek is beautiful, the ocean is (as always) incredible, but the cove is a sight to see before death!! Stunning. I have also hiked the nearby Cascade Head and must say that I far prefer Hart's Cove. Not for those who don't enjoy a good workout though! The steep walk up will literally take the breath out of you haha.
I enjoyed this hike. It is definitely not hard. Pretty walk under a canopy of trees. after it opens up to the meadow, the grasses were so long it was hard to walk and make my way to the cove lookout. What made this hike special is the ocean view all around, plus the arched rocks.
You see some really big, old trees during the forest part of the hike, but I think that there are other nearby trails that have prettier forest hikes. The highlight is seeing the cove and the coast once you reach the meadow. The seemingly endless switchbacks really kill when you head back to the trailhead, so I'd rate this as moderate instead of easy. Overall it's pretty and had few people, but I prefer Cascade Head over this one, but this one is easier. Both have a forest hike and a meadow, but the views and the forest part of the trail is better at the Cascade Head trail.
We did this early spring last year. As someone else said it's a drive back to the trail head about 6 or 7 miles. You do pass the alternate route to Cascade Hd at about mile 4. It's a good forest trail until you get to the meadow at the end. There you get a real good ocean view. It's an easy down hill going out which does mean a fairly stiff uphill trip back. For the that reason I'd give a moderate rating rather then easy as listed.
This trail is just beautiful! The best part is reaching the meadow that overlooks the cove. You can here sea lions and birds...if you stay and watch the water long enough you can see the sea lions swimming, the birds diving right into the water for fish and grey whales. I spent an extra hour in the meadow and saw all of these things. The trail is so quiet sometimes that it's hard to believe you're that close the ocean. I like to hike early so there's less people and it paid off again on this trail. I spent the entire hour alone with my dog in the meadow.....on my way back I ran into a few people. The trail is dog friendly and well maintained. Driving to and from the trailhead can be tricky...most of it is one lane and people drive way too fast. But I think it's completely worth it. It is steep coming back out of the cove so be ready to get a good leg workout!
If you want to see probably the biggest grove of the biggest trees in Oregon this is it. A short trail but not for pussys, a steep climb out.