Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

MODERATE 37 reviews

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area is a 0.8 mile out and back trail located near Cloverdale, Oregon and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
193 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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walking

hiking
24 days ago

Great views! Fun hike up the dunes.

1 month ago

Always a fun place to hike and explore. Gets really dicey out on the cape, but you need to be safe out there because the rock is all sandstone and is quite slick, and the cliffs are no joke, so be careful.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views!!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Short but challenging hike up the dunes. So many people went past the fences/danger signs but there's still plenty to see behind them. Visited at low tide and saw many starfish, anemones, and barnacles. Super crowded on a warm/sunny spring day. Parked on the beach and it took almost 30 mins. to get out because two cars got stuck in the sand.

hiking
6 months ago

Unique location with the sandy beaches and sandstone formations.

hiking
8 months ago

May 2, 2017
One of the most impressive sandstone formations along the Oregon coast. Many people fall to their deaths from the area beyond the fences. Still, with caution I was able make my way out to the point and down to the water in the breach. Spectacular at high tide with great views south to Cascade Head and north to Cape Lookout. Whales playing and feeding to the north.
Finding oneself in Pacific City requires an obligatory pit atop at the Pelican Brewpub. Black rabbits are rampant in the area

hiking
9 months ago

This route is not what I would recommend. I recommend heading north of Pacific City on Kiwanda Rd until you reach a road on the left just past the crosswalk for the campsites. This road will pass a parking lot and put you right on the beach. Here, you can drive on the beach (across several streams) down to the cape.

The hike up the sand dune on this side is better as well. COME AT LOW TIDE to explore hidden caves, starfish on the rocks, and lots of miles beach that is normally under 5 feet of water.

You can also hop over the "Danger" signs and explore the dangerous areas beyond. Just beautiful.

hiking
11 months ago

It's a workout, but definitely worth it to climb up the dunes and explore a bit up top. This is my favorite view in all of Oregon, with the sandstone and haystack out in the distance, and beach as far as the eye can see. The brewery at the trailhead is a nice touch, too.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Great area to spend the day at with tide pools and the trek up the sand dunes for amazing views. Lots of disrespectful people who don't obey signs, having park rangers run back and forth all day telling people to get behind the fence. If you go, just be mindful of that and don't ruin for the rest of us by just "wanting to get that picture". There are plenty of other places that aren't danger zones

Monday, June 06, 2016

good beach ok walk

hiking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

This place is amazing with incredible views throughout the entire trail. Tonight along the beach walk to the south of Cape Kiwanda was many "by-the-wind-sailors" or Velella velella's

hiking
Friday, June 03, 2016

Beautiful! You can reward yourself with a beer from Pelican when you're through!

hiking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Challenging but beautiful

hiking
Friday, April 01, 2016

Absolutely beautiful! Better than any pictures!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Did this with my daughter. Haha. Fun going up. A good workout!

Monday, May 05, 2014

Beautiful! Many different terrains. Once up the main "dune," the difficulty drops. Bring the camera/phone and maybe a picnic, so picturesque.

nature trips
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

This will get your heart rate up. Okay, says it is only a mile. But we are also talking STRAIGHT up pure SAND. This is just a giant sand dune in PC.

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