Explore the most popular hiking trails in Ecola State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was a challenging trail for someone with two new knees. The downhill portion was a bit wet and slippery and made me wish for walking sticks. The end of the trail was worth any amount of work. What a beautiful beach. Be sure to walk the entire beach and find the two waterfalls and an awesome “alcove”. Bring a garbage bag and take a few minutes to pick up some of the plastic that has washed ashore.

Caught this trail on a sunny winter day and it was perfect. I took the inland route straight up, which was wide and fairly straight, and full of old growth sitkas. I walked out to the lighthouse view and listened to the huge tides crashing below. Continued the loop down along the coastline and caught a number of different views of the sunset. Western trail was way more interesting with twists and turns and different vegetation. Highly recommend!

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.

Beautiful densely forested hike with occasional stunning views of the ocean. We went up the Eastern side of the hike which followed a creek for part of the way then traveled along ferns and spruce (some impressively large!); steep, wide, and even. Stopped to go out to the viewpoint of the lighthouse at Hiker's Camp; definitely recommend. The Western side was much rougher and narrower with several downed trees over the trail and some slick muddy parts. Towards the end there were several show stopping views of Indian Beach and even Haystack Rock in the distance. Indian beach was the perfect after-hike hangout to eat our lunch. We hiked with a baby and toddler and had a great time. (Note! the trail down to Indian beach had very large driftwood logs piled up at the base and required some climbing; tricky but doable with the kids)

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

hiking
18 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.

Started at the north trailhead to hiked south to Clark’s Viewpoint. The hike is pretty dull. There’s nothing remarkable about the forest here compared to anywhere else along the coast. There are limited views for the first four miles and the viewpoints offer obstructed and lackluster views. It’s better to start this from the south trailhead and only go to the viewpoint west of the hikers camp.

hiking
1 month 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.

Great views. Perfect for a hike with the pups.

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

This hike is special. It’s All downhill from the parking lot to the beach. Steep in areas but nothing too challenging. The beach was sparsely populated. We relaxed on the beach before hiking back up to catch the sunset from the top. Just a phenomenal place to watch the sunset.

Here is a video from our hike - https://youtu.be/RudX8xAL8IA

If the link does not cooperate search “Dabai’s Adventures” on YouTube.


Travelers Note:
Parking Fee: $5
Forest Pass: Not required
Driving time from Portland 1.75 hours
Driving conditions: easy - accessible with any vehicle.

Enjoy the trails!!!


Cheers!

Go left if you want all downhill on return trip to Indian beach. Great views.

Great trail with moderate up and down. Full trail closed but there is a way through if careful.

The walk to the trail was beautiful, the destination was easily the best beach I have ever been on. Make sure you explore the north side, you can get pretty far.

hiking
2 months ago

I love Crescent beach so much! The views are absolutely breathtaking and it’s nice because there isn’t usually a lot of people there. The hike itself is an excellent workout, just be ready to get a little bit muddy. Also, it’s an amazing place to take pictures (just be ready to lug your equipment there and back).

hiking
3 months ago

coming back up from the beach is killer, but beautiful all the way through.

hiking
3 months ago

We were lucky based on the other reviews - there was little mud on the trail the day we hiked. We thought it was a fun hike, overall, and we thought the views were beautiful! Take time to stop at the Vista points made by previous hikers that are worth it The destination - Crescent Beach - is also beautiful and we ended up spending more time than we had anticipated down there! Check out the waterfall and the rock cave on the north end of the beach. We passed about six other small groups of hikers along the way, but it wasn’t a problem at all.

The stairs might be challenging for someone with bad knees; there are a few with bigger gaps in a couple of places. In most cases, people have made more manageable steps in the dirt alongside of the built stairs and there are not many of them! Keep in mind that if you drink a lot of water like I do...use the bathrooms before you head out. There’s nothing along the way! Enjoy!

Best stop we made off the Oregon Coast Highway. Super muddy terrain but so worth it.

Great hike but still closed. Once you pass the sign you can go down the washed out trail to the beach. It is very muddy but a good adventure. Still great views on the open part as well.

hiking
3 months ago

Was a fun short hike. A little muddy on the first part of the trail but gets better for the downhill part.

A nice incline up the eastern trail that led to hiker’s camp and the overlook. A more winding path along the western edge that leads back to Indian beach. Next time, I would definitely take the trail all the way to Seaside. Hiker’s camp is a neat spot for a rest or picnic.

hiking
3 months ago

incredible views!
the trail was as muddy as they claim and then some, plan accordingly.

Absolutely stunning views. Beach waterfall at the end. I never minded getting muddy as the views were spectacular.

hiking
3 months ago

very good view

I really love this Trail. Great canopy, beautiful Lush Greenery, elevation, beautiful sights and sounds. Enjoy.

I was mesmerized by the beauty & scenery at Indian Beach that I wanted to check out this hike the next day. Heading out to the site to hike wasn’t too bad for a holiday weekend. I traveled late afternoon to beat any crowds- which seemed more people were leaving after 3pm. (Due to limited parking at Indian Beach & around the park, if you want to head out earlier- I have been told to secure a parking place you will need to be there between 7-8am.) The hike was a bit steeper in some spots than I thought. So, if you aren’t used to steep hikes- take your time. The path is a bit narrow too & didn’t seem long from parking lot to the beach. There is plenty of area to walk or run at the beach & fun for all to camp/picnic once you arrive. Close to high tide, it’s enjoyable to watch the waves crash into the rocks. Beautiful picture opportunities there.

A great little hike. The beach was very private. There were only a few other hikers there.

hiked this trail today from seaside and found it was well maintained. Just hiked 3 miles in as it started to get pretty muddy then turned around. Would do this trail again.

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