Hart's Cove Trail

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Hart's Cove Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Neskowin, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1079 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

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nature trips

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beach

forest

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wild flowers

wildlife

A beautiful hike on the coast where you descend to your destination for a change! This is a wonderful hike that takes you through a temperate rainforest environment past massive trees and eventually to beautiful coastal views. If you arrive at the right time of year you may see plenty of wildflowers as well. This hike is unique as you start of the hike descending and return climbing the same switchbacks on the way back.

35 minutes ago

trail is closed and the road is gated off until July 15th

8 days ago

nice, biggest gripe is no option for audio ques in recorder

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5 months ago

Trail is closed from Jan 1, 2018- July. Road is gated off so you can’t get through to the trail head. Very sad. ☹️

But I will be back!

6 months ago

For a “hard” hike I’d say it’s on the easy side. Great length. Super easy hike in aside from one of the bridges being out so you have to balance across some rocks. Lots of climbing back to the parking area on the way back. 10/10 would do again.

6 months ago

Beautiful hike, lots of downhill at the beginning (therefore lots of uphill on the end of the return trip). Path is mostly packed soil, some gravel at the beginning, path is only one person wide. Beautiful surroundings, lots of ferns, Huckleberry bushes, some huge Sitka spruce. At the end you pop out of the trees on a big green hillside over the ocean (like Cascade head but smaller and covered with a lot of salmon berry bushes) on the south side of the hillside there is a great view of Hart's Cove, which is beautiful. Cliff Creek pours into the cove in a (50ft?) waterfall. The cove is filled with seals, you can hear them even in the wooded part of the hike. There is a decent amount of parking, it was more crowded than the Cascade head parking though, seemed like a pretty popular hike. There weren't any sketchy parts really, but you do have to pick your way across one creek where the footbridge washed out, it was pretty easy, but could be hard if the creek was higher from recent rain. We got a late start and had to return in the dark with flashlights. The trail conditions are clean enough for that... but we did see signs of a bear (a huge old stump clawed apart recently... bears looking for grubs).

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6 months ago

If your looking for a great view and a great workout this is the trail to hike! Got to the viewing point just in time for the sunset absolutely beautiful on a sunny day :)

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6 months ago

Great hike. Tough on the knees one the way down, tough on the thighs on the way back. Absolutely worth it though! The gate off of HWY 101 is only open July 15th-Dec 31st so plan accordingly.

6 months ago

Totally worth the hike just for the amazing view

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7 months ago

Make note of road to exit off of Hwy 101 ahead of time because there’s not any notice until you are there.

8 months ago

Does anyone know if you have to worry about Bears on this trail?

9 months ago

Nice hike. Huge, huge trees! At a couple points you can hear a large group of sea lions. Grueling at some points, but worth it.

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9 months ago

This was actually way better than I thought. I love to just hop in the Prius with my dog 'Unter"and randomly find hiking spots. So the gravel road to the trailhead isn't too bad in the dry months. Looks like a 4x4 is needed in the wet. There's two trailheads that I saw on the road (1861). One starts at the backend of the Nature Conservancy's trail to Cascade Head (NO DOGS PLEASE!!! SENSITIVE BIRDING HABITAT). A mile down the road is the TH to Harts Cove. This was a moderate/difficult hike for me and only 2.7 miles each way, however if you're not a conditioned hiker this would be a difficult hike (and slippery in the wet!!).
Beautiful old growth Hemlocks, Siska Spruse. I think I saw a old growth Noble Pine, but I'm not sure. Possibly saw a large nest of some bird in one of the larger trees. The sound of seals-howling multitudes wafting up from the the beaches blows through you on your way.

Unfortunately, I only made it to the viewpoint and ran out of time to go to the cove. I'm sure its amazing!! That's my next hike again after labor day!!

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10 months ago

Lightly trafficked hike and amazing view. Will come back again.

10 months ago

Would rate as moderate, not hard, just a little steep on the way back. Most of the hike is through the forest and ends at the ocean. The views at the cove are fantastic!

10 months ago

Beautiful Hike lots of beautiful tress and plants. Loved the view at the end of Harts Cove. I think this is more of a moderate hike than difficult.

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

Excellent hike through heavily forested area. Plenty of small creeks for puppies. The view of the cove is wonderful. Just follow the meadow trails towards the stand of trees. Chill out, eat a picnic lunch under the trees. Last 1/4 mile is uphill so save some energy.

10 months ago

This was incredible! My grandparents had a hard time with the inclines, but if you are up for the challenge this hike is rewarding as it is difficult.

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10 months ago

I took this trail alone with my dog early on a summer morning. It was simply an amazing hike. To get to the trailhead, you have to turn off US 101 onto a forest service road that you take for 4 miles up a mountain. It's about a 20-25 minute drive depending on how daring you are with gravel roads. I tend to drive slowly and try not to cause too much noise. This drive is a great experience in and of itself.

The first part of the hike is a set of steep switch backs that take you down quite a bit in elevation. The forest is deliciously silent at this point. Gradually, you begin to hear a small brook that you eventually cross on a wooden bridge. From that point, the noise of the ocean becomes more pronounced and eventually I could even hear sea lions barking in the distance.

There was one section about a quarter mile long where the trail got a little rough....more due to mud and water than anything else. But it was not terribly difficult. I made the entire hike in running shoes. (I wouldn't recommend this but it was all I had with me and....hey....I'm here to tell you about it)

When you finally emerge from the forest into a large clearing above Hart's Cove the views are incredible. Take your time and bring a camera.

I saw only 6 other hikers the entire time, but I did go early, about 8:45 am.

If you are looking for a nice cardio workout, coming back up those switchbacks had this novice triathlete panting. Good times!!

11 months ago

this trail opened back up on July 16th. was a little challenging but worth it!

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11 months ago

My favorite trail in Oregon. The hike is challenging but spectacular, with beautiful sea cliffs and meadows to explore at the end of the trail and lots of old growth forest in between. There are also some magnificent camping spots scattered throughout the forest on the way to the trail, so I'd recommend exploring some of the forest roads and staying overnight, then hitting the trail early in the morning. (Note that the trail is closed for six months of the year.)

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11 months ago

Beautiful view at the end of the trail, beautiful hike in general

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Gave this one star because we didn't get to do the hike! The trail is closed January through July 15th. Just wanted to warn everyone so they don't drive all the way out here only to find what we found!

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

WOW. What an amazing hike. I would rate this a more moderate hike. Coming back up was a bit difficult but thats about it. So if you are a bit uncertain about going because it is rated as hard (like I was) do it anyways! The view is soooooo worth it. :)

Friday, September 09, 2016

Once you get to the meadow on the coast make sure you go down to the pine trees to get a nice view of the cove. Such a peaceful place! Going back up to the car is awful and so steep!! Bring lots of water!

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

A great trail! Found the Geocache at the end of the meadow also! Definitely moderate traffic, Great experience!!

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

It was a rainy day, so that may have impacted my rating. The forest was pretty to hike through. Definitely not a hard trail. Steep at the beginning and the end. You could hear the seals which was exciting, but you never could see them even at the point. The waterfall is visible but not impressive. The meadow at the end of the trail is not well maintained.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Great trail leading to a wonderful view of harts cove. The first 1/2 mile is steep switchbacks, but nice easy trail the rest of the way.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Very nice trail, we had a very good time. The trail was very nice in most areas, only a few spots overgrown, but not at all hard to pass. A couple of downed trees, but again, easily passed.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Really a great trail! There are many different elements to this hike. The forest looks as though it came straight out of a fairytale, the creek is beautiful, the ocean is (as always) incredible, but the cove is a sight to see before death!! Stunning. I have also hiked the nearby Cascade Head and must say that I far prefer Hart's Cove. Not for those who don't enjoy a good workout though! The steep walk up will literally take the breath out of you haha.

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