Clatsop Loop Trail

MODERATE 99 reviews
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Clatsop Loop Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cannon Beach, Oregon and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles
787 feet

dogs on leash



10 days ago

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

3 months ago

great views, easy hiking, big trees!

4 months ago

It was a very steep climb up the logging road with creek views lapsing into a woodland area, but dipped downward to the hiker's camp. Walked past the camp to the viewpoint. Great view of lighthouse yesterday. it was clear and upper 50s. Returned to my car via the second part of the loop going along the ocean. Many great views though more muddy in places. It was a treat. Will go again.

5 months ago

really enjoyed this hike and the wonderful views it offered of the Tillamook Lighthouse, Indian Beach, and old growth forests.

7 months ago

This was a beautiful short hike. GPS said it was 3.2. Was able to watch the sunset.

9 months ago

Beautiful views on the way back, and gorgeous forest scenery. Not too difficult and a great family hike, especially if you get a great day of weather on the coast!

10 months ago

Start with the western trail for best views on the way up. At the top, be sure to veer to the left to see the military battery; very Darma Initiative like (Lost fans). I'm not exceptionally fit but managed the climb fine; helps to have so many photo opps to catch your breath.

10 months ago

So fun! I want to do it again! I would recommend going up the small trail and coming down the more wide, paved trail. The small trail (to the left at the start) has switchbacks while the other side is straight up hill.

11 months ago

Great trail... yeah it's got mud. It's Oregon. We passed several people on the trail in flip flops. Lol, again it's Oregon. Next rip out to the PNW I will backpack the entire Lewis and Clark Trail. Thanks Oregon!

11 months ago

Did the hike and it was beautiful! Very muddy and a few fallen trees but just amazing!

11 months ago

A very simple trail though if you do it counter clockwise be prepared to do a constant 1+ mile uphill which is extremely tedious and annoying but at least it will always be in the shade. Best to do it clockwise, if you want it to be easier.

11 months ago

Beautiful views on the way back down. The way up was beautiful but don't expect to see the ocean.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Excellent Oregon coastal forest hike.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

We took the steeper route up and then

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Loved this spot, weather was perfect in August, saw a couple elk, heavy vegetation and gorgeous views and overlooks, plus this spot was the back drop to the Goonies and last scene in point break!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Beautiful view of the light house.
We enjoyed this trail.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Awesome short hike. Challenging but fun. Great views of Cannon Beach and Indian Beach. Lots of surfers to watch. Need moderate endurance to enjoy this hike!

Monday, July 25, 2016

This is a great hike with gorgeous views! There were not too many people on the trail when we were there which was awesome! The terrain was not too difficult, but not so easy that it was boring.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Awesome trail. Got rained on, but that is normal for the coast. we counted 30 slugs, one yellow finch, one snail, and one fawn while on the trail.

Friday, July 08, 2016

A tough slog uphill at the beginning (aka a good workout). Beach and lighthouse viewpoints were lovely. The concrete bunkers definitely added intrigue.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Great addition to the Ecola Park to Indian Beach hike. The forest side of the trail is well groomed through a beautiful forest. The coast side is a bit more 'wild' with more growth covering the trail and mud if it's been wet. The views are lovely and ending at the beach are tidal pools at low tide.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

So so beautiful! The heights were something I haven't experienced, vertigo kicks in for sure! I didn't want to leave! Next time camping there!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Fun trail off my favorite beach, Indian Beach. Big trees, views of the ocean and the tillamook lighthouse, plus a place for camping!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

We stayed on the cliffside trail out and back. Lovely views and a long up on the way out. Muddy at times even after several days without rain.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Beautiful views, great exercise steady incline all the way to the camp

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Good hike.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The west section of the trail has great views, including the lighthouse. If you're going specifically yo see the lighthouse, avoid going on foggy days. If you're overnight hiking then the fog gives the camp site a serene vibe. Also if you are overnight hiking, be aware that you can no longer park at indian beach, thus the 3 star rating. The closest parking is 3 miles away. So either have a ride to and from your vehicle, or be prepared to hoof it the extra 3 miles to, and 3 miles from the camp site (which I had to do due to lack of warning or knowledge of this).

Friday, July 10, 2015


Monday, May 25, 2015

I hit the trail at 6 AM and only saw one other hiker. There was still fog at the overlook so the lighthouse was difficult to see. On the trek back down, however, the sun came out for some spectacular views. There was a few people who had spent the night at the hiker cabins. Very wet and muddy trail so watch your step. Beautiful.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Great hiking and beautiful views along the coast. Lots of people though so if you go earlier then it will be less crowded. Great for the family but there are a few muddy spots that you will have to traverse.

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