Heceta Head Lighthouse Trail

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Heceta Head Lighthouse Trail is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Florence, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.9 miles
131 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



This is an amazing hike that takes you to a historic lighthouse. Even though you'll have to ascend a couple hundred of feet to get to the lighthouse the views south down the coast from it are well worth it.

21 days ago

Amazing day to be up at the lighthouse! great, easy climb to the top.

1 month ago

My absolute favorite stop on my little Oregon Coast road trip. There is a trail that leads up behind the lighthouse. Take it if you can! It’s the best view of the lighthouse and ocean. And use a panorama mode to capture it all. I added my favorite picture I’ve ever taken to this gallery. You just can’t beat the Oregon Coast.

1 month ago

It doesn't get any better than the Oregon Coast in early spring. Brought back amazing and many wonderful childhood memories.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike, and views. Definitely will go back

2 months ago

Such a beautiful hike to the lighthouse.

2 months ago

Nice hike! Beautiful scenery! Totally worth it!

3 months ago

Really easy hike up to the lighthouse. Tours end at 3pm. If you’re lucky you can spot sea lions swimming in the ocean!! Parking in the lower lot can be scarce, but it’s worth it.

4 months ago

Took this trail last weekend and it was absolutely beautiful! We happened to catch it on a gorgeous January day (60 degrees) and the views were stunning! The trail was a bit uphill to the lighthouse but definitely worth the walk. We didn’t take our dogs because we thought we would go into the lighthouse but ended up not going inside so we could definitely have taken them. Nice area at the top with great views of the ocean and waves crashing on the rocks below. Nice wide path. I would definitely recommend this one!

7 months ago

Actually this trail connects to the Hobbit trail.

7 months ago

The scenery at the Lighthouse is beautiful!!!! Not a bad trail too!

7 months ago

Fun little hike to stretch the legs a bit and get fresh air.

8 months ago

We made it to the lighthouse while it was still clear then left as the fog was rolling in. Fun little trek :)

8 months ago

Short but great views of the ocean.

8 months ago

My sister was on crutches and made it up just fine. The view is incredible. Worth it 100%.

9 months ago

This stretch of coastline is so beautiful...good weather or bad.

10 months ago

Gorgeous vistas. Historical informational placards. Path is wide, gravel, and uphill but quite easy. It is a State Park, so there is a parking fee or use State Park Pass.

great views of something awesome PNW coast!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

While visiting the lighthouse, we were told about this trail behind the lighthouse. Short, steep trail, but it will give you amazing views of the lighthouse. Definitely a must.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Beautiful trail even if it is one of the more crowded ones around the area

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Beautiful from up behind the lighthouse.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

So beautiful!! 5$ to park-on the weekends it's quite busy. The beach is secluded and there are great views as you trek up to the lighthouse!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

it is an easy incline to the top the views are with it 1/2 Mile up. took both small dogs. Too many dogs on the trail. one had to be in heat it made my male super crazy. I'd leave them at home next time as it will be nice not to be tugged all the time. Nice beach and picnic area. A do over 4 sure.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gorgeous views of the lighthouse, ocean, Forrest and Bed and breakfast. Short trail. Worth the stop.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Good. Go see lighthouse and tour the house

Sunday, May 29, 2016

For the record I am reviewing what the Oregon State Parks Service calls “Heceta Trail”, the section of trail that runs from very near the lighthouse up to a junction with Hobbit Trail. This section is approximately 1.25 miles in length and it is an actual trail, not a paved walking path. Most of the reviewers here are referring to the paved section from the Devil’s Elbow State Park parking area up to the Heceta Head Lighthouse. This section is about one half mile and it is relatively easy. But make no mistake, the trail between the lighthouse and Hobbit Trail is arduous. The trail is well maintained but it is rather steep. Measuring from the entrance to the unpaved trail near the lighthouse, the distance to the summit of the trail is about .4 mile. Strava rates an ascent from the parking lot and including the paved section up to the summit, a distance of about .8 mile, as a Category 4 climb, the easiest of the five categories Strava uses. But the overall grade of this section is 11.2%, and it is only the relatively short distance of the climb that places it into this lowest category. Steps are built into the trail in a couple of places to assist in the ascent, and there are even a few well placed benches. The topmost section of trail just before the summit, going away from Heceta Head, a distance of about .2 mile, has a grade of about 22%. Believe me, this will tax you! If leaving from Heceta Head when you reach the junction with Hobbit Trail you can turn left and take a short (less than half a mile, I believe) trail out to Hobbit Beach, a lovely section of the Oregon coast and one that is not too popular. Or you can turn right, take a very short trail out to Highway 101, cross the highway and pick up a trail on the east side of the highway, called “Valley Trail”, that leads to Carl Washburne Campground. The distance from the highway to the campground is about two miles. My review does not cover this trail as I have never seen it. So — Heceta Trail winds through lush forestland and has spectacular views to the ocean from a couple of places. You are not likely to see many other hikers along this trail, at least if you go on a weekday. Be advised, this trail can be quite muddy during the rainy season, and even at times during the summer. Footing can be tricky. Also, it can be quite windy along the trail during any season, lowering the “feels like” temperature by a number of degrees, so dress accordingly. And as you would on any trail you might visit, of course take plenty of water. Plan for at least two hours to cover the trail from Devil’s Elbow to Hobbit Beach and back, not counting any time you may want to spend on the beach.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

They give brief free tours inside that end at 3pm.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Short hike with amazing view. If you travel on Hwy 101 and need to take a brake, this is the place!:)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Just an easy walk and the view is amazing!! Recommended for everyone. I went one day around noon and it was nice. But I went back another day late at night and that was AMAZING. Maybe this is just because I am not from a coastal state but seeing the lighthouse up close at night was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Give it a try!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Short steep hike but worth the time. Beautiful views and the workers give you a great insight into the history.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Easy hike for anyone with kids. Great views and easy access.

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