Heceta Head Lighthouse Trail

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Heceta Head Lighthouse Trail is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Florence, OR that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.9 miles 139 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

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nature trips

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wild flowers

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muddy

This is an amazing hike that takes you to a historic lighthouse. Even though you'll have to ascend a couple hundred of feet to get to the lighthouse the views south down the coast from it are well worth it.

1 month ago

So beautiful!! 5$ to park-on the weekends it's quite busy. The beach is secluded and there are great views as you trek up to the lighthouse!

4 months ago

4 months ago

it is an easy incline to the top the views are with it 1/2 Mile up. took both small dogs. Too many dogs on the trail. one had to be in heat it made my male super crazy. I'd leave them at home next time as it will be nice not to be tugged all the time. Nice beach and picnic area. A do over 4 sure.

walking
4 months ago

Gorgeous views of the lighthouse, ocean, Forrest and Bed and breakfast. Short trail. Worth the stop.

hiking
5 months ago

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

Good. Go see lighthouse and tour the house

hiking
6 months ago

For the record I am reviewing what the Oregon State Parks Service calls “Heceta Trail”, the section of trail that runs from very near the lighthouse up to a junction with Hobbit Trail. This section is approximately 1.25 miles in length and it is an actual trail, not a paved walking path. Most of the reviewers here are referring to the paved section from the Devil’s Elbow State Park parking area up to the Heceta Head Lighthouse. This section is about one half mile and it is relatively easy. But make no mistake, the trail between the lighthouse and Hobbit Trail is arduous. The trail is well maintained but it is rather steep. Measuring from the entrance to the unpaved trail near the lighthouse, the distance to the summit of the trail is about .4 mile. Strava rates an ascent from the parking lot and including the paved section up to the summit, a distance of about .8 mile, as a Category 4 climb, the easiest of the five categories Strava uses. But the overall grade of this section is 11.2%, and it is only the relatively short distance of the climb that places it into this lowest category. Steps are built into the trail in a couple of places to assist in the ascent, and there are even a few well placed benches. The topmost section of trail just before the summit, going away from Heceta Head, a distance of about .2 mile, has a grade of about 22%. Believe me, this will tax you! If leaving from Heceta Head when you reach the junction with Hobbit Trail you can turn left and take a short (less than half a mile, I believe) trail out to Hobbit Beach, a lovely section of the Oregon coast and one that is not too popular. Or you can turn right, take a very short trail out to Highway 101, cross the highway and pick up a trail on the east side of the highway, called “Valley Trail”, that leads to Carl Washburne Campground. The distance from the highway to the campground is about two miles. My review does not cover this trail as I have never seen it. So — Heceta Trail winds through lush forestland and has spectacular views to the ocean from a couple of places. You are not likely to see many other hikers along this trail, at least if you go on a weekday. Be advised, this trail can be quite muddy during the rainy season, and even at times during the summer. Footing can be tricky. Also, it can be quite windy along the trail during any season, lowering the “feels like” temperature by a number of degrees, so dress accordingly. And as you would on any trail you might visit, of course take plenty of water. Plan for at least two hours to cover the trail from Devil’s Elbow to Hobbit Beach and back, not counting any time you may want to spend on the beach.

hiking
6 months ago

They give brief free tours inside that end at 3pm.

7 months ago

Short hike with amazing view. If you travel on Hwy 101 and need to take a brake, this is the place!:)

hiking
1 year ago

Just an easy walk and the view is amazing!! Recommended for everyone. I went one day around noon and it was nice. But I went back another day late at night and that was AMAZING. Maybe this is just because I am not from a coastal state but seeing the lighthouse up close at night was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Give it a try!

1 year ago

Short steep hike but worth the time. Beautiful views and the workers give you a great insight into the history.

1 year ago

1 year ago

Easy hike for anyone with kids. Great views and easy access.

hiking
1 year ago

This hike is very easy but one of the most beautiful I have ever taken in Oregon. The beach, bridge, keeper's house and lighthouse are spectacular. I am returning.

hiking
2 years ago

The beach below the lighthouse is a favorite and I go every time I visit Oregon. This time I started at the Hobbit Beach trail head just north of the Light house and came up and over the ridge behind the light house. About 3 miles round trip and a forest hike with elevation changes and nice vistas as you get closer to the light house. A different perspective for those who frequent the location.

hiking
2 years ago

Short, 1/2 mile trail to a beautiful, recently renovated lighthouse.

hiking
2 years ago

Great trail with an awesome view at the end of a short hike.

hiking
3 years ago

Walked up from the parking lot. Very easy walk. (My daughter and I actually ran down the path and back up, long story-car alarm...) If you don't take the hike from hobbit point, make sure you take the trail a short way up behind the lighthouse. Great photo shot over the top of the lighthouse.

The guides have great info. Unfortunately you don't get to see much of the cottage. It's used as a b&b.