Tillamook Head National Recreation Trail

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Tillamook Head National Recreation Trail is a 12.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cannon Beach, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

12.5 miles 3293 feet Loop

dogs on leash

camping

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beach

forest

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Hike with the Lewis and Clark Expedition to Tillamook Head via Ecola State Park and discover the explorers' farthest western point of discovery. The wide, graveled trail starts on the right-hand side of the Indian Beach parking turnaround. After 100 yards keep left at a fork and climb, steeply at times, through old-growth spruce and alder woods. After 1.6 miles you'll reach an X-shaped trail crossing beside three open-sided shelters and a primitive camping area for backpackers. The shelters and tent sites are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis, but there is no drinking water nearby. Turn left at the trail junction for 0.2 mile to find a 6-room concrete bunker that housed a radar installation in World War II. Just beyond is a cliff-edge viewpoint at the tip of Tillamook Head, breathtakingly high above a rugged rock beach. A mile to sea is Tillamook Rock, a bleak island with a lighthouse that operated from 1881 to 1957. Nicknamed "Terrible Tilly," the light was repeatedly overswept by winter storms that dashed water, rocks and fish into the lantern room 150 feet above normal sea level. The island was finally bought by funeral entrepreneurs who bring in urns of cremated remains by helicopter.

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Went on a rainy summer day and it was gorgeous! It was foggy so I felt like I was in an enchanted forest. I loved that the trail was not easy, but not too hard. It was also very, very muddy but it definitely made it feel like this trail was an adventure.

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Utterly amazing, what a great way to spend the day! :)

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This trail is quite a walk (from Seaside Oregon all the way across the mountain side to Canon Beach) but well worth it! I've walked this trail twice and love it. The first quarter of the hike is pretty steep and difficult but once you get to the top and down the other side it gets easier. I would recommend wearing waterproof hiking boots though, it gets very muddy in some spots. And wear layers!

Great trail!

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Walked in Bigfoot's steps

1 year ago

Loved this trail. Started from Seaside and hiked up to the hiker/biker campsite, then through Ecola state park to Indian beach. About 5.5 miles to Indian Beach. There were great look outs of the ocean, slight variety in vegetation throughout the hike. There were some muddy spots, but not as bad after a dry spell. I imagine the mud being much more difficult in the Spring. Beautiful hike, lovely beach to end it with.

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I had a great time dodging rocks and navigating over or under or around downed trees. There were plenty of muddy motes that were nearly impossible to jump over as well, but that added to the adventurous feel. The views and scenery were spectacular!

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