Crescent Beach Trail

MODERATE 113 reviews
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Crescent Beach Trail is a 2 mile out and back trail located near Cannon Beach, Oregon. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
488 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

beach

hiking
19 days ago

This hike was awesome! Very beautiful and fun. No one was at the beach when I was there which was incredible. Very muddy though.

hiking
1 month ago

Full value day hike.

1 month ago

One of my favorites hikes in Oregon so far! Went on a beautiful sunny day about a week ago, and it wasn’t super busy. Long line of cars backed up at Ecola park entrance though. Muddy trail but overall easy to navigate and follow. The beach is gorgeous and make sure you climb up to see the waterfall(s)!!! Will be back for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this on Easter Sunday on a cold, rainy day. Due to those two factors there was almost no one else on the hike or on the beach. Both the forest and the beach are insanely beautiful! Sweet little waterfall on the beach too. I'd say it was moderate difficulty - a few parts are a bit tricky or slippery. Very very muddy, hiking boots are an absolute must. There are a couple unavoidable giant mud puddles and your boots will get dirty! Unfortunately it was almost high tide when we got to the beach, so we were unable to simply walk around Chapman or Ecola points, but we did manage to scramble up the rocks to get to the northern beach. I don't recommend doing that unless you are in really good shape haha.

Overall, a really fun hike in so-called "bad" weather!

2 months ago

My best gal pal and her two kids did this hike no problem last weekend 3/11 and the weather was absolutely perfect, the trail is beautiful but some very muddy spots I advise you to wear hiking boots.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing trail. Loved it. We loved the cove at the far end of the beach. Definitely coming back. It is muddy and can get very slippery.

2 months ago

Amazing views on an easy hike. Lots of other people and plenty of mud, but a must see if you arent familiar with the area.

hiking
2 months ago

HIKE: Late February, on a sunny day.

BEST PART: A dozen huge deer gathered in form for several minutes of our hike, just to eat and stare from the tree ridge about 1.2 miles in or so. This is before the wrap around of one of the creeks, where the elevation changes the most. It was beautiful to watch them move with the hills, and wait on each other.

It was muddy, but gorgeously armed with a amazing forest. Quite passable trail for even probably an ameteur. We went on a sunny day. Moderate does describe this hike RT though. The trail runs down the last few thousand feet on a very easy descent to the beach, all of it is worth it!

Aim for a full hour long hike of 2.1 miles, so you can get out there BEFORE high tide. The trail begins to the left of the upper parking lot restrooms, clearly labeled "Crescent Beach Trailhead," however its not 1.25 miles. There are 2 creeks/waterfalls, and the correct trail brings you out in the beach in between both of them.

The caves are accessible at low tide, play safe, drink plenty of fluids. I personally take B-Vitamins, Vitamin Water and Herbal Kratom 2 hours before a hike. Energy plus electrolytes plus pain-free.

3 months ago

It would of been amazing but was SOOOO muddy! Regardless amazing views.

4 months ago

The view was up close and personal. Loved it. Also, met the nicest people on this beach!

4 months ago

Short easy hike that spits you out on the beach. Very muddy on some parts off the path.

hiking
4 months ago

Such a great hike!

4 months ago

I adore Oregon!! This trail offers incredible views as you near the edge of moss infested forests. I hiked in late October, and the weather was ideal when you take into account the humidity and activity. Would definitely recommend.

hiking
4 months ago

This is an easily accessible trail from a parking lot with nice views and, more importantly, restrooms. Our family of 2 adults and 3 teenagers hiked it with no problem. We hiked it in December and it was a gorgeous, 60 degree day. There is some climbing on this trail, but I'd not characterize it as difficult. The climb up to Multnomah Falls is much steeper and difficult. We didn't encounter many hikers on this trail, but that could be because it was December. The trail is very pretty, some mud, but not bad. The end point at the beach was lovely. Waterfall, driftwood, lava rocks on the beach.

hiking
4 months ago

After heavy rains, this trail was still in good shape. Some mud which was slippery at places. Wear hiking boots and is easily managed. Beautiful overlooks of the rock formations, Tillamook lighthouse and beaches below. Not too tough to hike but also a good workout! Very worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

I did this hike two weeks ago with my partner, and although the weather wasn’t ideal (the trail was quite wet/muddy/slippery), there were great views and a secluded beach that await at the bottom.

The first 3/4 of the trail are relatively flat, prior to descent to the beach, and has great photographic views shortly into the trail.

7 months ago

Beautiful forest trail with "new" growth on old logged trees complete with long sprawling roots. Quite a few great ocean overlooks with a phenomenal finish- a gorgeous beach just about all to yourself. Great rock formations and views of cannon beach.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail. Not too difficult, but a little steep coming back up from the beach. Nice beach too.

8 months ago

Really nice, fun little hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Solid hike with lots of variety! Medium plus in terms of difficulty but totally worth it. Bring your sandals and a towel- trail takes you to the beach.

8 months ago

Family of 5 made the hike, well worth it... awesome beach.

9 months ago

Beautiful trail. Lots of ups and downs. Different types of scenery. Sometimes it was so quiet we could feel the silence. Very refreshing, even though it was a busy weekend with a fair number of people. Lots of dogs out on it.

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing views. Great reward at the end if you make it to the beach. Time the tide right and check out all the tide pools!

11 months ago

Trail very muddy after the rain but my som and I had a blast. Fantastic views and had the whole beach to ourselves.

11 months ago

Wonderful views and a nice hike for getting back into shape. It happened to be super muddy this time though❤️

hiking
11 months ago

Great views of the beach and ocean along the way. Super muddy spots along the trail, but nothing you can't get passed!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Try to tune your hike so you're there at low tide. The tide pools on Crescent Beach are awesome. It's still really muddy, so be prepared!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Try to tune your hike so you're there at low tide. The tide pools on Crescent Beach are awesome. It's still really muddy, so be prepared!

Monday, March 13, 2017

it was so much fun! its a great lil hike with views to die for. muddy as all hell, so be prepared to get mucky. it was all worth it.

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

The view of the coast from the parking lot was spectacular, the hike was incredibly muddy in over a dozen places, as others have mentioned, and the beach itself was beautiful and sparsely populated.

We left the trail at 10:30am and took our time along the hike down the the beach, stopping at a few places to enjoy the view and take some pictures.

At the beach, we took off our shoes and socks and waded into the water, and then sat on the black rocks to soak in the sun and dry off.

We made better time on the way back, and arrived back at our car at 11:45, 1 hour and 15 minutes after we set out.

All in all our tracker app (Strava) logged 3.2 miles - a little more that I expected - and 620 feet elevation gain.

I definitely recommend water proof hiking shoes due to the mud. Hiking poles would have also been nice.

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