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Wonderful trail, very pleasant. Hiked today with two dogs. There are two large muddy spots and a few small ones. The beach is almost empty.

Beware:
(1) No sign at the trailhead to indicate the trail name. Look for a wooden post with an arrow sign pointing left.
(2) The last step to the beach is ugly. Due to erosion it's about a 2' drop from the bottom of the wood steps onto sand.

There's a second trail further south along Crescent Beach that connects to the Cannon Beach trail. It probably adds 0.4 miles to the hike, but it's a much better option with dogs or young children and it makes for a pleasant loop.

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

A perfect example of the beauty of Central Oregon.

The south side of the loop is the Tumalo Creek Trail portion of the loop and was the most scenic part of the hike up until you reach the falls. The north end is actually a road. If you want to hike through some alpine forest you can hike up past Tumalo Falls to Double Falls, but probably wouldn’t want to go much further without snowshoes. Spikes recommended if there is snow on the ground.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful! It was pretty muddy towards the beginning of the trailhead and the middle. Me being miss grace tripped right out at the beginning and covered my pants and shoes in mud. Well worth it! It was a gorgeous hike with the best of both worlds. Lots of trees and lush green but also stunning beach.

hiking
13 days ago

Kicked my butt, but it was an amazing hike with wonderful views. Did it New Years Day, parking wasn’t full even at 10am. Saw a decent number of people. We brought our 75lb Shepherd/golden mix and highly recommend booties for any dogs on the mountain, especially near the top. We put his boots on around 1.75mi up the mountain when the chain link became prevalent on the ground. Bring lots of snacks, the elevation is harder than it seems! Be careful of ice covering the path near the top. Would love to go back again.

hiking
14 days ago

Really enjoyable even in the cold. The views of the lake were really something.

Not a dull moment on this hike. It’s got a spectacular reveal of Monkey Face when you pop up on a ridge, plus just the right amount of toughness with the climb and descent. This is followed up with a lovely amble along the river back to the start, passing by numerous, climb-able rock faces to admire. A great showcase of the high-desert terrain this area is known for.

We did the trail to the falls out and back. It's about 7 mile without much incline. The only incline is the last couple hundred yards to the falls, so it's a pretty easy hike. It was very icy for the first mile and hard pack after that. We had spikes but there were other people who were hugging the snowy edges to keep on their feet. I personally wouldn't go without spikes until it snows again, just to slick. All and all a beautiful hike, the scenery is fantastic.

hiked this in July 2018. get to the trail Head before 9am or you don't get a parking spot on summer weekends. the hike is doable for most. gorgeous views but really crowded on the weekends.

Great quick trail. Nice burner on the way up and unforgettable views of the Pacific at the top. The rapid ascent makes this a strong moderate by AT standards, but the distance is short and terrain mostly easygoing. Really packs a lot into a quick hike.

Took us two hours to do this. Did it clockwise with the river trail first and then misery ridge. Perfect for a winter day. Misery ridge requires some climbing but the views of the canyon and river are beautiful on the way down.

Amazing! Such a spiritual experience!!!

My favorite Oregon hike to date, and I’ve been hiking here about 15 years.

Worth every step!

hiking
24 days ago

Somewhat muddy after the rain. But the view was worth the trek.

Nice easy trail if you want to get away from the crowds at Cannon Beach.

Hiked this in early December, it was beautiful and my first time up! Definitely bring lots of clothing layers and good hiking shoes, it was very slick and icy in some spots.

Best mountain in Oregon that I’ve been on.

Did this one in August. View at the top was incredible.

on Tam-a-lau Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great views of the lake, river canyon and mountains. We were literally the only people on the trail and only 2 boats on the lake far below. Signage for the trail wasn't very obvious from the road -- park in the Upper Deschutes Day Use Area in the single car section, then walk the short distance back up to the main road and cross it; the trail starts on the other side. All effort and elevation gain (pretty minimal at 600 ft) is in the first mile to the top. Looking down into the canyon at certain points on the rim can feel a little freaky if you have any fear of heights! (Even driving up and down the canyon in this spectacular state park may result in white knuckles. Road was dry when we were there, but chains are recommended if there are winter conditions.)

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

Counterclockwise is definitely the way to go. I'd much rather start the trip with the burned forest section and end on a beautiful note than vice versa. If you go clockwise you also have to start with an immediate straight up hill. Gorgeous trip though either way.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and serene.

amazing views and a great well kept trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail all the way. (This review describes hiking up the ridge first for a counterclockwise hike, which seems to be the more common choice and my preference.) Some very steep grades on the ascent up Misery Ridge, so I like to use a trekking pole. Great views of the river canyon on the ascent, then you wind around to the back where an even more spectacular view awaits of the cool Monkey Face rock formation (look for climbers on it) and the Cascade Range all the way from Mount Bachelor to Mount Hood. Then the trail descends down around Monkey Face and follows the river in a mostly flat meander past a lot of climbing sites. (A previous reviewer compared Smith Rock SP to Zion NP, just on a smaller scale. That is exactly what I thought the first time I visited here!)

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

Amazing scenery, quick, fun, intense hike. Misery Ridge portion is not kid or dog friendly in my opinion with crowds and vertical drops.

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