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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.

I couldn’t record this hike, as the app will not allow me to record routes if I’m not connected to the internet to log into my account? I’m not sure if that’s a bug or a feature....

Anyways, this hike is a delight. I was able to Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and just the crest of Mt. Rainier. But don’t let the mileage fool you. I started this hike at noon and had to race down Kings Mountain Trail to beat the sunset. You don’t want to caught night hiking on these slopes.

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.

hiking
3 days 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.

walking
5 days ago

Beautiful place for watching whales, surfers, birds, and maybe the best sunsets on the Oregon Coast. I’d highly recommend visiting at low tide so you can go to the beach on the north side of the point and go into the Punchbowl. Fun tide pools and gorgeous views!

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
17 days 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.

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
23 days 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
24 days ago

On a warm, sunny mid-October morning the trailhead parking lot was near full by 9:30 am. The trail is steep with a few small scrambles near the top, and amazing views at the peak. Go on a clear day to see the full beauty.

hiking
24 days 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.

There’s really no trail here, but that doesn’t matter. It’s fabulously beautiful, and a cool place to watch surfers and SUPers from a high vantage point.

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.

very tough hike. fantastic views. several places where we had to scramble and very slippery

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.

This trail so super steep but so super rewarding. spectacular views. great work out. deffently a do again. some hands needed. strongly recommend poles.

hiking
28 days ago

Ill give this one 4 stars, but only because of the Rooty trail. Yes the trail is full of roots! But, if you persist you will be rewarded with an amazing view at the end at Falcon Point, 360 view of the ocean where you will be able to see the rock formations of the other points on either side. We stopped at Short Sands beach to dip our feet in the water and it was a perfect spot to end the hike.

This is a great trail on a clear day. The views at the top are really beautiful. There is loose rock at some points along the trail but overall it wasn’t too bad. Be careful going downhill. Took a little over 3 hrs to complete round trip.

Awesome hike to this Clatsop County high point. On a clear day you can see Mt. Rainer, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Nehalem Bay, the PacificOcean and the mouth of the Columbia River.

nature trips
1 month ago

We couldn’t find the trail, but I’m sure we could’ve if we hadn’t been distracted by the gobs and gobs of whales! Absolutely gorgeous site overall.

Amazing hike. Amazing views. Love burning calories on this trail!!!

Nice periods of shade and sun. Overall nice hike. Lot of roots but help keep from slipping in some areas.

Gorgeous hike with amazing views of the Columbia River, the coast line, and five major mountain peaks on a clear day. It's mostly forested and easy the first half and exposed, steep, and rocky the second half.

Be sure to take the .2-mile spur to Humbug for more gorgeous views. This hike is easy enough if you're fit, but don't let it fool you, because it can also be treachorous. I strongly recommend good hiking boots with tread and hiking poles. The second half is steep with loose rock and wire fencing embedded in the ground that can be slippery without proper footwear. Even though it's short, be sure to take your ten essentials and enough food and water in case you're stuck with an injury. It's easy enough for the strongest hikers to sprain or break an ankle.

on Saddle Mountain Trail

1 month ago

Well worth the hike. Definitely not easy, but I’m no expert hiker and did fine.

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