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3 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!

3 days ago

Somewhat steep and tricky descent to the beach, and challenging (for me) coming back up, but totally worth it! We had the beach completely to ourselves and enjoyed exploring. Started on the trail at about 8 and only saw 1 person until we were heading back to the parking lot around 9:30.

Amazing trail. Loved it. We loved the cove at the far end of the beach. Definitely coming back.

This is our favorite beach and typically our home base for our Oregon trips. Not too busy, but close enough to lots of other activities as well. So beautiful! Lots of VRBOs in the area. Enjoy the peace and quiet.

Busy place but not to cloudy . Great place to relax :)

10 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 trail can be challenging near the beach where it is steepest, but it’s worth it if you are going to enjoy the beach for a bit. The beach was almost empty when I hiked to it.

Nice easy hike. Beautiful beach

Love Oceanside will definitely be back!

There are several unwritten side trails from the Neahkahnie headland. From the parking area on Hwy 101, descend toward Short Sands and look for a side trail on the left, about 200 yards from the parking. Welcome to the Neahkahnie Punchbowl! From here there are numerous side trails all over the headland. I like the one that traverses uphill to a heavily wooded cliff with outstanding ocean views, but watch your step. These trails continue across the headland to more views on the south side before looping back to the parking area. There are additional scramble trails that start further up the highway by climbing over a wall and descending toward the surf, but be very careful as these are not maintained and can be very thick with overgrowth.

Need a good low tide to reach Lost Boy Cave at the far end of the beach

16 days ago

Its pretty great walk, but keep in mind it is a bird reservation as well, and everything on the rock or around it is a live organism so watch your step!

17 days ago

The trail was fun, a bit technical with lots of exposed roots and some steep spots, but nothing too gnarly. And the wide open beach at the bottom is definitely worth it. Would hike this one again next time I’m on the coast.

on Cape Falcon Trail

17 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.

Saw the sign that said 1.25miles. Figured it would be a short pretty hike and a good fit for an inexperienced hiker. I wasn't wrong but I'm amazed I did it. A lot of up and down hill. A lot of switch backs. Fairly steep at places. A lot of roots to step over and between. Not good for anyone with mobility issues or knee trouble. That said, the challenge was worth it. I'm 300lbs and out of shape but I was able to run the trail at places. It was a blast. The views are amazing. The beach is gorgeous and has some cool stuff to check out, especially at low tide. You can also continue on to Cannon Beach if you are so inclined.

18 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!

19 days ago

My favorite hike on the beautiful Oregon coast

Only challenging in a few spots and absolutely beautiful throughout the trip!

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.

Absolutely amazing beach. Probably my favorite! Last quarter mile is steep but I was able to do it even having a sprained knee. My 3 year old did it also, so it's not too bad. We hiked north on the beach and found some cool caves that the kids loved exploring. Just make sure to look at the tide schedule if you walk very far down the beach.

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

Easily completed with a little dog in tow. Trail is well marked and the views from the top are life-altering. We got hit with a storm as we reached the summit and the wind was a bit treacherous from the top but well worth it. Watch for whales!

24 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views.

24 days ago

So beautiful

Easy walk - a little work out going back up. Gorgeous beach. Not too crowded. Nice walk through the woods and then a lovely stroll on the beach. Bring food and beverages - great picnic spot! Be sure to walk north on the beach - nice rock formations. And then you can walk south, too - you’ll see even more. Plan some time for walking on the beach ... lots to see! Go early - by midday there may be lines at the pay station.

First beach was crowded, but as you hike north crowds thin out. Interesting caves and little waterfall. Once you get around the point, you’ll have lots of beach to explore w/o crowds. Take your shoes off and get your feet wet!

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.

trail running
26 days ago

Beautiful view, I love walking this trail. Pretty off-trail areas to explore as well. I run and push a stroller on it and it works for the most part, with a few challenging spots. Very dog friendly, even has a trash can for waste disposal.

Not necessarily a first timers trail, but fairly easy overall. Its is super steep in parts so good walking shoes are recommended. Compared to Cannon Beach/Haystack the beach itself is fairly secluded. Perfect if you want to hit the beach and not deal with a lot of people.

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