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hiking
7 hours ago

Some technical sections, views are with it!

hiking
12 hours ago

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.

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.

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.

hiking
4 days ago

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

hiking
7 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!

hiking
14 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!

This is a great trail, done it many times over the past 50 years, even with grandparents who were in their '70's!

on Cape Falcon Trail

hiking
22 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.

23 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
24 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.

hiking
27 days ago

It was an INTENSE!! hike at 6:20am to 5:30pm. It was AMAZINGLY!! beautiful feeling when u get to the top

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
29 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views.

hiking
29 days ago

So beautiful

Nice hike. Easy ups and downs. Any level hiker will enjoy this. View at the end was fabulous. Keep walking when you get to the cape. You have to push through some shrubs to get to the point, but it’s so worth it.

A tough climb but worth it! An excellent challenge for body, mind, and spirit. I suggest taking as many breaks as you feel you need; your legs will thank you on the descent. Bring plenty of water, and more than you think you'll need on hot days. It took me about 4 hours to reach the summit, and 3.5 hours to hike back down. I did soak in the views of the gorge and mountains in Washington along the way, and spent about an hour on the summit gazing at Mt. Hood.

Another fabulous Oregon Coast Trail. You can also park at the south end of the trail and hike to the top making it an in-and-out hike. Going this way, the total in-and-out distance is about 3 miles. Elevation gain is about 1200 feet and I would classify this as a moderate hike.

No idea what the previous review is talking about... except maybe he's trying to keep this excellent hike to himself.

Note to hikers: This is an Oregon Coast trail and the Oregon Coast is essentially a rain forest -- so guess what that means? Muddy trails. Also, not surprisingly, there are lots of trees and plants growing here... which means, not surprisingly, there are often lots of roots on the trails. So, if muddy trails with lots of roots are not for you, you might want to consider skipping hiking on the Oregon Coast all together.

Super fun and easy hike. Took my 9 year old. Very little mud on the trails but we did see a deer. It’s nice to have the beach towards the end to enjoy.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked July 11. Well marked trail (except near the rock falls) with 2 waterfalls, a lake and views all along the trail. Went up Defiance, down Starvation. Because of the closed Wash out trail at the end we had to take on another steep ridge and cross over a log on the creek- added about 2-3 miles onto the hike. Total hike time was 9 hours and 20 minutes with 2 hours of stopping time for pics and lunch. The summit is a huge ugly power station but u can sit on the rocks that has a view of Mt Hood (too cloudy for us to see it) with the power Station at your back.

hiking
1 month ago

Previous reviewer got confused. The Starvation ridge trail #414 is very much open, it's the short Starvation ridge cut-off trail that is closed. Starvation ridge trail #414 can be taken from the Mount Defiance trail #413 instead of from the cut-off trail until it reopens. Hope this helps.

Consider yourself a champion after completing this hike! I've seen several folks say they used the Starvation Ridge Trail to either ascend or descend, but that trail is still closed, clearly marked as such. You need to do the full hike on the Mt. Defiance Trail, only. Excellent views of Mt. Adams, Hood & St. Helens. Bring lots of water, as portions are exposed in the burn area.

1 month ago

Brutal hike! I did to the top 12miles back and out w 5k elevation gain

amazing. we even saw a whale

on Cape Falcon Trail

1 month ago

Beautiful views... a little muddy in places but a nice easy hike!

hiking
1 month ago

I’m pretty convinced this is closer to 14 miles, and absolutely convinced I don’t want to do it again. The route down was really tricky, and the total trip took me 10 hours with a stop for lunch. 3L of water, snacks, and a sandwich was plenty of fuel, but I wouldn’t have necessarily wanted to take less than that.

It’s a good training hike— really steep coming up (I came up Starvation), and glacially slow picking your way down the same grade (I came down Defiance, which was more poorly maintained, washed out in a few places, and offered a good look at recovering, post-burn forest). The views are best on Starvation, where you can see an osprey nest, pass Lake Warren, and get a really beautiful volcano view. The summit boasts a clear shot of Mt. Hood, and a good look at the hills beyond, but the experience is partially marred by the massive radio tower up there.

All in all: this is a hike for the journey, not the destination— and the journey is really physically demanding, particularly post-summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a really hard hike for beginners! Took me 9 hours to do the whole trail but that includes 40 minutes of rest and another 40 minutes because I went on a wrong trail in the beginning.

I took Mount Defiance going up and Starvation coming down. There’s a nice lake there too, perfect for camping and staying the night.

Started at the South end and hiked to the summit and back. I was not impressed with this trail. From the south end the trail we hiked through the forest without any views. Just looked at ferns, moss, and cedars. The view at the top was pretty cool. There is a spot you can scramble up and have great views. Over all I wouldn't do this trail again. It was approx 1.5 miles from South end to summit.

Great hike, very beautiful but kicked my ass. Bring lots of food and water. Maybe one half a mile of flat stretch. The rest is either very steep up hill or down.

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