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1 day ago

Some technical sections, views are with it!

I read a review earlier citing several sources that reported accidents on this trail. It was stated that the trail is unstable. I didn't find it to be unstable. It has steep grades with loose dirt so I would advise trekking poles to aid in both downhill and uphill and to provide stability and support. I also recommend taking your time and knowing your limits. After reading the review that stated the trail was unstable I was concerned. I researched it as much as possible. Here is my take. I believe that in most cases accident and injury can be avoided if you follow basic hiking precautions. I hiked away from the edge. I had trekking poles, I had an emergency kit and plenty of water and layers. I checked the weather prior to going and I had familiarized myself with the trail. I wore proper hiking shoes and I knew I was conditioned for a hike like this. Additionally I viewed a youtube video that was taken by drone to get a feel for the actual size of the summit/peak to make sure it wasn't sheer dropoffs on all sides. It is not. There is ample space to be at the top and avoid the edges. I never encountered any "unstable" areas of the trail, meaning areas where it was eroding or could give way under you. It is uneven. There are roots and rocks to take into account and when the dirt is dry it can shift a bit under foot. If you are a cautious and careful hiker and have basic common sense this hike should be plenty safe. There are of course things we can't account for. But the hike and trail itself is fine if you respect your limits and the limits of what is safe to do there.

Absolutely beautiful; a majestic, fairy-filled wonderland! We parked a car at each end of the trail (highly recommend), and went from Indian Beach all the way to Seaside. Including our many stops for photo ops, and lunch break, it took 3.5 hours. There’s AT&T cell service the whole time, but definitely a good amount of mud. 81 flights of stairs, and about 14,000 steps according to the iPhone.

This was my first time hiking Cape Falcon. It was an easy hike with some stunning views. There were several areas with a lot of roots, so watch your footing. With that in mind, don't forget to look up an enjoy the sights around you. I will definitely hike this again, but only on weekdays. Fewer people and dogs since I bring my four legged sidekick with me everywhere.

Fun hike. Started at Indian Beach parking lot and did the Tillamook Head out & back. The trail is a little muddy in places but it’s a rain forest so no big surprise. I’d wear some sort of hiking or trail shoe/boot just for the added traction.

Hiked from Oswald west parking area to elk trail across the bridge, to devils cauldron, to north neahkahnie mountain trail, then went down on the west side and finished on the 101 going back to Oswald west parking area.

Beautiful views! Very busy trail and lots of tree roots to walk over. Inclines were not bad at all. Get there early because the parking gets full.

This was a lovely, quick little day hike with lots of shade and pretty views. We started at the parking lot which took us up through the neighborhood then onto the trail. It's mostly easy with a few steep parts, but totally doable if you're slow and steady. The trail becomes a little scary as you approach God's Thumb because you're hiking along the ridge and it's slightly disorienting.
We were not able to reach the top of God's Thumb though because someone had fallen off the cliff and was being rescued when we got there. Moral of the story is, be cautious!
We had beautiful views though, and we will definitely do this hike again.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful! Not very muddy, and what mud was there was firm. Recommend getting here early though, parking filled up fast! Only 3 other cars in the lot when we arrived at 9am, completely full when we left at around 12:30. Bathrooms are past the trailhead, across the street.

Great hike! Definitely worth it. Hard to find parking, but there is some street parking about 100 feet from the trailhead-- if youre lucky. There's a gate that says no trespassing, just go around it and follow it up. There's a house, but the trail starts before you get near the house. It's off to the side. Beautiful views! But my friend and I did get dive bombed by a huge hawk, so be careful.

hiking
5 days ago

great trail for taking kids and dogs on! View at the end is incredible

hiking
8 days ago

Easy hike with plenty to see and hear. Loved walking through the forest and hearing the ocean waves. Great panoramic views from the highest point, and make sure to head to the end of the Cape Falcon trail to view the secluded black sand beach. We got to the trail head at about 8:45 and only started encountering other hikers on the way back, so go early for more quiet time, as this is a popular route with families. My favorite hike on the coast!

There have been several people who had to be rescued from this trail due to treacherous conditions. The trail is unstable, the fog and wind unpredictable. Please research this before using the trail.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.statesmanjournal.com/amp/935816002

https://newportnewstimes.com/article/gods-thumb-rescue-a-reminder-of-cliffs-dangers

https://www.thenewsguard.com/news/it-s-happened-again-climber-rescued-from-god-s-thumb/article_3722b8dc-6215-11e8-8968-5733891a3da4.html

5 stars for the view at the end, but this trail wasn’t very exciting. There are also no signs at all so you have to know where you’re going. For those that may not know, if you open the map of the trail from this app while you’re hiking, you can follow along as a blue dot so you know if you’re on the right path! That feature really came in handy on this trail.

Fun little hike-run. Did an out and back, and the views were stunning all directions! Beware of the steep cliff at the top with children and or DOGS! There are no signs and a good drop off over the ridge! 

Great hike. They are currently cutting back overgrowth (which was needed) Moderate is a good description. There’s some steep bits but mostly easy. Towards the Thumb it gets narrow and steep and the dirt is loose and dry so it’s a bit scary at times. We were carrying a 1 year old and 3 year old on our backs. I think doing a solo hike this would have been less of an issue but carrying a tiny human- things get a tad scarier. Overall— stunning and we’ll do it again sometime. They do need some signage tho. There’s two great viewpoints and you might miss one.
FYI- park at the state park. We watched them driving rounds looking for cars to ticket that parked on the road when walking up to the trail head.

hiking
15 days ago

Very easy and fun hike! Great view at the end to sit, watch the ocean, and eat and rest. The view is awesome! Also visit the beach after and put your feet in the water to cool off!

Second time going....short hike with stunning views! We got a break in the clouds and it was so rewarding.

Great views. Trail wasn’t busy at all. We start right around 830am and only saw 3 other people the entire time. No bees at all.

I’d rate this easy aside from a few brief steep inclines and the final incline to the very top. Well worth the trip!

Fantastic views at the top of God’s thumb, but be careful when hiking with kids- there is a cliff at the top and no guard rail or danger signs. Also, it is supposed to be a loop trail, but it wasn’t obvious where the loop is, and the loop is overgrown, so we just did a “there and back” on the more popular trail. Shady with vegetation until you reach the “thumb.” Muddy in parts and lots of roots.

I want to emphasize that you should start from the Indian Beach parking lot and picnic area, not the lot the navigation leads to. The Ecola Point Trail is closed, and I wouldn’t recommend pushing through passed the “trail closed” sign like I did.

Hiked this in early August and the trail was still very muddy. The trail itself was not that hard (would rate moderate only due to length) but the mud and fallen trees on the trail force you to parkour around a bit, making it mildly more strenuous.

The trail itself showcased some beautiful rainforest areas and views of the ocean. Very peaceful. I would not recommend doing the 12mi there-and-back. The walk back was pretty soul-sucking and exhausting. Leave a car in Seaside if you can.

Beautiful vew of the ocean

Very muddy! Would consider this a more than moderate hike and very slick. Need proper hiking gear as well

This is a wonderful hike... make sure you have a car on the other side.

on Cape Falcon Trail

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail. Very well maintained. Easy hike. This trail has everything: beautiful walk through the forest with old spruce trees, amazing views of the coast, a small secluded waterfall, and a spectacular panorama view of Cape Falcon at the end.

24 days ago

A lovely hike, with a big view payoff at the end. Relatively easy, with moderate ups and downs, but there are lots of tree roots to step through on the path so anyone with a tendency to fall needs to take care. Parking lot fills up by 11, so get there early!

hiking
25 days ago

My favorite hike on the beautiful Oregon coast

Trail was very overgrown when we did it a few weeks ago. There was a crew working on it so maybe it's better now. The views were nice but quite frankly this was one of my least favorite hikes I've done this year. In my opinion there are way cooler things to see in the area. If you are just looking for a wooded walk with a few views along the way maybe you'd really enjoy it, just not my thing.

Very beautiful, but fills up quickly. If you’re looking for some peaceful hiking, get here early. Aside from that, well worth checking out ❤️

hiking
30 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views.

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