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Ecola State Park has historical significance, as Captain William Clark and twelve members of the Corps of Discovery bushwhacked their way through this part of the Oregon Coast in 1806. For the modern adventurer, a winding road from Cannon Beach guides the way under majestic Sitka spruce trees until you come upon a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoying lunch at the many picnic tables, enjoying Indian Beach, watching the surfers from a vista, hitting the extensive hiking trails and taking in the beautiful scenery, exploring the tide pools, looking out for great views of gray whales (they migrate through the area in spring and winter), the Clatsop Loop Trail that gives you the chance to walk in the footsteps of Capt. Clark and his men, or camping in the primitive cabins at Tillamook Head (a 1.5 mile hike from the Indian Beach trailhead) are just some of your options.

There is a parking fee of $5 just so y’all are aware!

Spectacular views. Great Family hike.

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5 days ago

excellent veiws from the top! only people on the trail. It did rain before we got there, so there were a few mosquitoes!

Pretty tolerable until you get to the end.. that's when the "moderate" kicks in. Even then, we did it with kiddos & dogs! Every drop of sweat was very much worth it for the scenery and the beach access at the end!

Pretty tolerable until you get to the end.. that's when the "moderate" kicks in. Even then, we did it with kiddos & dogs! Every drop of sweat was very much worth it for the scenery and the beach access at the end!

Great short hike with a great views. The trailhead marker says 1.25 miles each way which is accurate according to the GPS.

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7 days ago

This trail was great. Lots of variety in things to see. Coastal forest with large snails/slugs, mushrooms , huge ferns and gigantic trees on the way up. Be sure to trek past the hikers camp to the Tillamook Rock Light viewpoint and see a couple of WWII bunkers on the way. On the way down there are several great viewpoints of Indian Beach , Cannon Beach seastacks, and an alternate view of the old lighthouse. Hiked it today and it had some slick spots and my chacos were probably not the best choice. Very overgrown in spots on the way down but overall a great hike.

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8 days ago

Like most people reviews take the path to the right (east and trek uphill and get that workout part over with. It is a steep uphill climb for the first 20 minutes and you level out to a hikers camp area. Before looping back enjoy the lighthouse views and the black sand beaches below that I will find a way to get to sooner or later. The decend is pretty good and we finished this hike in less than 2 hours because we did stop and explore a bit. Since we paid the $5 Ecola day pass we started with this hike then drove to the other parking lot and did Cresent beach trail as well.

hiking
8 days ago

I would rate this trail more of easy, but I guess its listed as moderate because it can be slippery in some areas. It has decent levelled trails the entire way. I loved seeing all the roots on the trails and the fact that we were pretty much walking parallel to the ocean is amazing itself. Enjoy the beach when you get to the bottom. The parking lot will fill up fast so get there early, plan a day or a bbq/lunch there since the parking lot park area does have ample picnic tables. Cool for all ages!

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13 days ago

Lovely hike with tall trees and beautiful ocean views. Some sections are quite steep, and depending on the time of year there are some muddy sections. The less-busy than Cannon Beach experience at the end of the trail is excellent, and at low tide there are accessible tide pools.

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15 days ago

Crescent beach alone at the end makes this worth your time. Easy hike. Minimal muddiness. About 20-30 minutes each way.

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19 days ago

Moderate trail with a lot of different terrain and scenery. The outlet is a beautiful secluded beach parallel to a gorgeous clifface.

Very beautiful! Steep and slippery at some points-I'd bring a walking stick or something. It wanders through a lush forest and ends at the beach. What more could you want?

hiking
23 days ago

Short but very, very sweet. Trail takes you through lush forest, with stunning outlooks to beach and ocean along the way. Beach itself is beautiful - wish we had hiked down in the morning so that we could spend all day here. If this is your first taste of the Oregon Coast like it was for us, you won’t be disappointed. Very quiet when we did this a month ago.

Ran from North to South (out &; back). I would add this is a Technical course for trail runners. Moderate rating is what I would say.

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26 days ago

great work out, amazing views!! steep some spots.

We hiked Seaside to Indian Beach today. No trail closures, but some areas you have to get creative to get through.

A Wednesday afternoon during the summer was a little crowded, but if you can break away and find the renegade trail the beach will not disappoint!

hiking
1 month ago

Breathtaking view . And great exercise.

Could someone give better description about the trail being closed 1 mile from the start? Are you starting from Seaside end? Is it impassible? This is asked on 06-02-2018.

Trail closures force OCT hikers onto the access road from Ecola point TH to Indian Beach day use area. . There is water in the creek on trail to hiker/biker camp 1/10!mile north of Indian Beach.. There are several Adirondack style shelters and a vault toilet at the hiker/biker camp, NO WATER. There were some rodents visible when I shone my light into the shelters at night when I arrived so I opted for a tent site nearby. Nice secluded h/b camp

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1 month ago

The loop was great, although there were parts of the west side of the trail that were not cut back. You can still get through just fine but it’s just a concern for the leashed dogs to get ticks.

on Clatsop Loop Trail

1 month ago

The East side of the loop has pretty much nothing to see and is a smooth up trail. Then you get to the top, the campground, and can optionally go down to get your first view of the light hose. Going down on the ocean side is pretty at the second half of it.

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1 month ago

A great home with a number of awesome view points. The trail is in great shape with only a couple muddy seas that are easy to walk around. We saw some people hiking in flip flops.
The hardest part of the hike is the last .3 mile.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy, quick, beautiful hike. We went there on Mother's Day, it was a bit muddy but well worth it!

The trail is closed (5/12/18) at about a mile in. We're pretty bummed and will hopefully try again in the future!

The first part of the trail has large fallen trees and the trail is CLOSED! We ended up walking towards the beach and climbing down. We walked on the beach to Indian beach and connected to the trail there. I wouldn’t recommend it for beginner hikers!!! You are better off to start at Indian beach. The trail was nice and dry though.

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