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Best mountain in Oregon that I’ve been on.

hiking
11 days ago

Truly a gem of a trail. Views are amazing and there is some fun biodiversity in the forests/groves/exposed areas that the trail takes you through. It culminates with amazing views of Short Sand Beach and the Pacific.

Hiked this today in the later afternoon. It was lightly snowing at the top which made for a cool experience. I didn’t get to see the epic views due to the clouds/snowing but as I hiked back down it cleared out for a beautiful sunset and you could see the ocean.

I loved this hike! So worth it for the view. Great for dogs. Be prepared for a good bit of mud.

If you start at Indian Beach- all the best views are basically at the beginning.

This hike is special. It’s All downhill from the parking lot to the beach. Steep in areas but nothing too challenging. The beach was sparsely populated. We relaxed on the beach before hiking back up to catch the sunset from the top. Just a phenomenal place to watch the sunset.

Here is a video from our hike - https://youtu.be/RudX8xAL8IA

If the link does not cooperate search “Dabai’s Adventures” on YouTube.


Travelers Note:
Parking Fee: $5
Forest Pass: Not required
Driving time from Portland 1.75 hours
Driving conditions: easy - accessible with any vehicle.

Enjoy the trails!!!


Cheers!

Great hike. I went down to short sands and hiked the beach to Blumenthal Falls, which was phenomenal. Then I hiked back up the beach, over the suspension bridge, and over to Devils Cauldron. From there I hiked East to the main Neahkahnie trailhead. Great views from the peak. Hiked back up 101 to my car. Fantastic day. Here is my video of my experience - https://youtu.be/QaFQsAzqJSk

I did this trail on November 17th 2018.


Travel Info -
Forest Pass: NO
Parking fee: NO
Travel time from Portland: Around 2 Hours

hiking
27 days ago

Only did about 3/4 a mile each way due to it getting dark, but it was easy with great beach views at some points!

Great hike. I also really like how the trail is connected with an access trail (it’s short) to beach. Makes it easy to do the hike and then go right to the beach.

Very muddy. Honestly thought the viewpoints were breathtaking, the finish was mehh. Looking back I may have missed something at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

For how popular this hike is I thought it would be over rated but it’s not. Short but steep and starts that way almost from the get go. Gorgeous view of route 26 fog early in the mornings looking east. Advice is to take the quick humbug trail for excellent views of this. The trail at times can have some mild flowing water in spots but easily avoidable. Views abound after the half way point allowing easy viewing of the coast and many peaks in all directions. Dress warm at the top. Wind likes to funnel up the range.

The walk to the trail was beautiful, the destination was easily the best beach I have ever been on. Make sure you explore the north side, you can get pretty far.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy fairly short hike with amazing views! After some rain it was pretty muddy, but not too crazy. Get there early as by mid day there was no parking left. Definitely worth it!

Best summit hike on the coast.

hiking
1 month ago

Started at south trailhead and scrambled up the rock at the top. A clear day is a must for the incredible view!

hiking
1 month ago

I love Crescent beach so much! The views are absolutely breathtaking and it’s nice because there isn’t usually a lot of people there. The hike itself is an excellent workout, just be ready to get a little bit muddy. Also, it’s an amazing place to take pictures (just be ready to lug your equipment there and back).

Quite a difficult hike but worth it! Very beautiful forest.

Overall this is a pretty trail, though it is challenging. The portion west of 101 is probably the most "interesting," though we were in a cloud by the time we got to the peak so maybe if we'd had a view we would have felt otherwise. Definitely take the paths to the beach and Devil's Cauldron.

I'd say the best aspect of this hike is that you get to pass through a lot of different environments pretty quickly. These get repeated, but I think it does break up what could be the monotony of a hike in the forest, especially when you actually start going up Neahkahnie.

We mapped about 9.6 miles on our GPS with stops at the beach and the Devil's Cauldron overlook then made it a lollipop by going down Neahkahnie's south side and taking 101 back to the Oregon Coast Trail. I am glad we did it that way, too, because I think the amount of roots on the trail on the northern approach would have been tiring on the way down. The south side is pretty easy on the knees. Lots of switchbacks and more open trail.

A note on attire - at this point in the year it's pretty muddy with a few puddles. You will have to climb over a fallen tree trunk that was pretty wet. Plus, there is a lot of change in the amount of exposure/sunlight you'll get. Wear solid shoes with good tread and bring layers.

Bring hiking poles or Yak Tracks in winter. Could be very slippery and possibly dangerous. Very populated but is a beautiful hike. Can get up high above the trees for a substantial portion of the hike and can see the Tillamook forest, the coast, and the three big volcanoes of the area. This is a very beautiful hike, well worth it. Have fun.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun hard hike. There are some slippery places on the trail because they laid down metal mesh to try and stop trail erosion but with good shoes and being careful it shouldn't be to bad. Some amazing views even on a cloudy rainy day.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun, easy, well groomed trail which takes you from a parking area on Hwy 101 to Short Sand Beach. The beach is small and beautiful. Lots of dogs and surfers, and usually pretty busy. You can access other trails in the area from this one.

Great trail and views. Bring water for yourself and your dogs. If you do bring a dog be aware of there padded feet and the wires on the trail. I helped a 90lbs lab down the hill that had tore her pads.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for all fitness levels. When you reach the end of the trail keep walking towards the end of the peninsula to find a hidden trail that will lead you all the way to a private hidden section with incredible views.

Too smoggy today. Can’t see the coast line and mountains. Trail is very treacherous, lots of small rocks like marbles.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful. Easy hike. Park at the Sandy beach parking lot and walk under the bridge to the beach. This part follows a creek and can be crowded with surfers in wet suits carrying their surfboards. The trail is paved to the beach. Turn right at the map on the beach and head up the trail to the lookout. watch out for roots and slippery spots. Hiking poles are a good idea. Bring a windbreaker. It can be windy at the top. The views are absolutely breathtaking.

hiking
1 month ago

coming back up from the beach is killer, but beautiful all the way through.

beginning of trail: about 1ish miles in, it's not to bad..but after that it gets steeper. lots of little rocks, luckily chicken wire is used over most of that part. I used this app to record the hike and it ended up 5miles, we didn't werv into any other place.
when you think you got there ..you haven't. you will know. it's beautiful! do it!
the photo above is from a different angle..than from staying on the trail.

Hiked on Oct 18. Well-marked trail, bathroom available nearby, no fee to park. Steep in sections, lots of roots on trial. Gorgeous views of the ocean. Take the short hike to Devils Cauldron. Very unusual trees-some had root systems that were above ground and saw lots of old growths.

hiking
1 month ago

We were lucky based on the other reviews - there was little mud on the trail the day we hiked. We thought it was a fun hike, overall, and we thought the views were beautiful! Take time to stop at the Vista points made by previous hikers that are worth it The destination - Crescent Beach - is also beautiful and we ended up spending more time than we had anticipated down there! Check out the waterfall and the rock cave on the north end of the beach. We passed about six other small groups of hikers along the way, but it wasn’t a problem at all.

The stairs might be challenging for someone with bad knees; there are a few with bigger gaps in a couple of places. In most cases, people have made more manageable steps in the dirt alongside of the built stairs and there are not many of them! Keep in mind that if you drink a lot of water like I do...use the bathrooms before you head out. There’s nothing along the way! Enjoy!

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