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so wished I had read these comments first, went counter clockwise. Took me just under 5 hours and that was with quite a few stops just to catch breath.

Had my 85lb german shepherd with me. some spaces prove very difficult with a large dog. trail is narrow, only wide on the creek side.

On the plus side it snowed, views are great.

Gorgeous views. I started from the south trailhead and made it back in ~4 hours, including a quick side trip to Devil’s Cauldron past the North side trailhead. Definitely a workout going back up from the North side. I also found it to be a little longer than the 6.4 miles listed.

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muddy
4 days ago

great trail with an amazing beach at the end. I did it on a very rainy and windy day. the trail was super muddy. I'll need to come back on a much warmer much sunnier day.

Good trail with spectacular views!

Hiked the trail on Sunday 1/13/19. It was chilly but not too cold with a blue sky. Recommend using trekking poles and shoes with good grip. Take snacks and water too. It’s definitely a hard hike up but even kids were doing it with their parents. Pace is key. Worth the view.

hiking
9 days ago

The trail is in great condition right now, and the warm winter means no snow (just a little frost at the summit.) Lots of people had the same idea, and met a lot of nice people on my descent.

The weather tracker as part of Alltrails is spot-on accurate. Make this hike while the weather is good.

We set off from the Seaside trailhead on a crisp, clear New Year’s Eve morning, around 8:30 am, and made it to Cannon Beach city center in about 6 hours, covering about 10 miles in total (26,000 steps). There were many points along the trail with spectacular vistas. Some of this may be obscured by foliage during spring and summer months because we noticed a lot of bare deciduous trees along the way. We loved the variety of forestation we encountered. There were some very muddy areas, and several of the boardwalks placed over them were weakened or broken. Largely a well kept trail, however. Hiker’s camp, the WW2 bunker, and Indian Beach were highlights of the day. We hardly encountered a soul until we got to that point. The only disappointment was that the trail from Indian Beach to Ecola Point is closed, so we chose to hike the road back. Other reviews suggest that it’s passable, but we didn’t want to risk it. Hopefully this portion opens back up; we’d definitely do this one again!

Beautiful views in the beginning. Pretty trafficked throughout

Great views. Do not go counter clockwise.

Great hike, beautiful views up Elk mtn. However, my gps recorded the loop distance at 8.12 miles, NOT 7. I thought that was an important correction to make!

hiking
10 days ago

Elk on the way auto and on the way back down. Great views along the way of the coast.

Very difficult hike indeed with a steep terrain (great for cardio and calf work). There are some spots with views along the way to catch your breath. Took me about 1h30 to get to the top. I hiked in the rain and fog so no idea how the views look like on top (going with clear sky definitively recommended...). Enjoy!

hiking
20 days ago

What a glorious hike. Exactly what I was looking for.

When driving down the forest road keep going past the nature conservatory trail, and you will find the Hart’s cove parking lot and trail head (this road is closed Jan 1 until July).
Easyish hike in. Beautiful old growth forest. Barking seals. You do have to pass a little creek and will probably get your feet wet. The top is exquisite. The hike back is more difficult.
What a wonderful trail and experience. I will go back this summer when it’s back open.

hiking
23 days ago

made sure to go the last weekend of the year before it closed. very stormy but very beautiful. make sure you bring waterproof shoes!!

Beautiful views. Small creeks and tall cliff faces at the shoreline.

hiking
23 days ago

This hike was basically easy all the way until the switchbacks at the very end. At that point, I thought I saw Jesus coming for me. The mud on this trail is no joke, and the creek crossing was legit since I went on Dec 30, just days before the gate to the trailhead is locked for 7 months. The old growth trees are impressive, and the view of the cove and Chitwood Falls at the bottom are otherworldly. There were loads of fungi, but not too many critters out, most likely due to the time of year I hiked this. If you’re lucky you can hear the seals barking in the cove, but I didn’t actually see them. I highly recommend this hike, but be prepared for the steepness at the end. Good shoes are a must if you’re going to tackle this hike in the winter.

hiking
25 days ago

Gorgeous views with the chance of seeing elk along the way.

A little dicey coming off the summit. I can’t imagine going counter clockwise, waaay too steep. Overall a gorgeous hike and it’s nice to end with an easy walk down by the water.

Amazing!

Went ccw was so happy I did, walking sticks required and well supplied by nature. First part will kick your out of shape butt, if you can push trough cardio into a runners high, be prepared to use your hands, and go down steep rocks butt first. After the peak expect your heart to break as it is just enough, up and down. After half way it smooths into a atv sized trail, all down hill, save your joints and use some walking sticks found along side the trail.

One of my favorite hikes in Oregon!! Absolutely beautiful from the top. Not too hard. There were a bunch of elk at the top too.

Did this hike yesterday. Great views and a solid workout. Conditions when I went were good - no snow and dry trails.

I did this hike in October, and it’s probably my new favorite. It’s not too strenuous, but I’m also very active and do a lot of hiking with elevation gains, so it may be more difficult for people not as used to a lot of steep elevation gain. There are markers tied to the trees along the trail that indicate which way to go, which is handy because there are a few off-shoot trails and shortcuts that branch off and can make it confusing. Went in POURING rain and it was pretty slippery, but I had trekking poles so it wasn’t too hard to deal with. The viewpoint towards the top is really cool, but the view from the actual summit is the one you really got to push for! Definitely recommend it, can’t wait to do it again. Highly recommend sturdy shoes and trekking poles or a walking stick.

My boyfriendand i had an amazing time. The hike was beautiful and serene. We took the back way thats straight up. We also had that trail all to ourselves.

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning ocean and hill views for probably over half the hike, and the rest is lush, green and also beautiful. With all the footwork between the steps/erosion control, roots, and narrow path near the top this hike ends up feeling longer than it is - but totally worth it.

Great hike, challenging! Did up and back in just under 3 hours. Some reviews mention rock slides, I felt that it was rocky at points but not necessarily a rock slide. Good boots are a must! Trekking poles are not necessary. Snow at the top in December!

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

Its a great hike, i would definitely recommend this hike.
Different type of hike going down first and coming back up is no joke. Beautiful view definitely worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun and challenging hike. This trail is rocky, root filled, and narrow. the density of the forest was great. I started early in the morning and did not see any other hikers for hours. Great views from the top with an iconic notebook at the top. take a good lunch and give yourself some time to read through that notebook for a funny read.

Here is my video from my hike - https://youtu.be/jiPpPWa9lAk

Travelers info:
Forest Pass: NO
Parking Fee: NO
Drive from Portland: 1.5 hours

Enjoy the trails!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a challenging but great trail. Steep and heart pumping, on a clear day the view is beautiful! It’s great in that there are people on the trail but it’s by no means crowded. There’s a bathroom at the start and a good picnic spot at the top.

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