Neahkahnie Mountain (Northern Approach) [CLOSED]

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Oswald West State Park

Neahkahnie Mountain (Northern Approach) [CLOSED] is a 9.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Manzanita, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length9.6 miElevation gain2,755 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingBeachForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeClosed
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LONG-TERM CLOSURE: As of February 2021 this area is closed due to damage. For more information, please visit https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=139

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Colleen Art
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HikingClosedWashed out

The trails closed, and that’s ok! Bc you can walk along the road (there’s a path/then sidewalk) all the way to the next trailhead. Don’t cross the sign, it’s rude and privileged to do so. The trail crew of TKO put it there for a reason. Respect their work and don’t contribute to erosion. If you do walk along the road it’ll add 1.7 miles each way.

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Ronny Huscusson
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Hiking

it's pretty good until about 3 miles in. Before that point, when you cross the highway, it says the trail is closed. But...meh it's just a sign. But after 3 miles the downed trees are pretty daunting. If you're pretty athletic it's obviously doable, but it's a lot. Not just a few trees and not just across the trail. They're laying where the trail used to be so you have to have the map out all the time to know where to go. On the way back you can see that I just cut past that entire area lol

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Steven Walling
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RunningBlowdownClosedWashed out

Closed and lots of blowdowns.

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Jessica McKinzie
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HikingBlowdownClosedScramble

Yes if you take the Northern approach it has a large section of fallen down trees and not just small trees but plan to crawl under and over some craziness, however I loved the adventure it is dangerous to do with children or dogs, and also if you are not a skilled hiker to know where to step, it helped to have a map to see where the trail turned under all the rubble, but finished the hike and walked the road back to the car as going downhill over all that was not an interest. I enjoyed the view, and saw plenty of people doing the southern approach. All in all another great hike at the coast!

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Monique Guerrero
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HikingWashed out

The trail is washed out. I had my pup and would not recommend it. His pack had to come off Bc he kept getting snagged. And if you attempt, please be careful, I fell a couple of times and you could so fall down the hill. There was no trail and maneuvering over everything ended me up all muddy and soaked. We turned back Bc it was not worth it.

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Mitchell Hein
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HikingBlowdownClosedMuddyOff trailOver grownWashed out

This trail should be closed. The lower part of the route from Short Sands to Neakahnie was rugged, with parts washed out, but was passable. From the Neakahnie trailhead however, the northern route is dangerous and should not be attempted. There are handwritten signs at the trailhead from users stating that 'tree down, route impassable'. Everyone looks at this and wonders, "how bad?" Let me assure you, this is not the case of a tree or two being blown down across the path--the entire path is gone for about 3/4 of a mile. Many trees have blown down, which have pulled up huge craters and have led to a fully overgrown and washed out hillside. Route finding is impossible without GPS, and moving through this terrain is straight up dangerous. There were some rangers at the top working from the south side clearing it towards the north, and so the entire southern route is clear. I would not expect them to just chop this up in a day or two, the path needs to be recut. No joke--this trail is dangerous. Use the southern approach if you want the view!

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Miguel Miranda
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Marie Romani
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Hiking

Absolutely great trail! A little bit of an adventure since there are trees down and not trail maintenance, but doable. We stopped at the top (didn’t go further down) and opted to take a side track to Devil’s cauldron instead. Still ended up at 9.2 miles. Beautiful views at the top!!

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Winston The Whale
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Hiking

The trail was beautiful and the view from the top was fantastic! It was however quite crowded. There were about 15 to 20 people on the summit and then I saw another 35 to 45 people going up on my way back down. The stretches of trail that went through the forest were lovely with lots of moss covered trees, mushrooms and ferns all over the place. I brought my dog but would probably leave him at home next time as there were so many other dogs on the trail. I highly recommend this one but try and get there early if you can.

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Brand B
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HikingBugsOver grown

Amazing views , lots of sunny days behind us so it wasn’t muddy at all!

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Jennifer Hilton
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Did this hike today, and it was great but it is long and the elevation gain is not for the faint of heart. I loved that it was dog friendly. Things to keep in mind: Mostly dry trail but some of the shady parts were still muddy and slippery so you have to watch your step. There were some downed trees covering the trail that you have to climb over, wasn't really prepared for that. Beware of loose gravel, tree roots, and rocks as well. There were a lot of mosquitoes in the later part of the day, so bring bug spray or use some before the hike. Be sure to have plenty of water, we had over 140oz(1.1gallons) and still ran out 3/4 the way down the trail between 2 people.. The trail is extremely overgrown in some parts and you are walking through lots of bushes. I had short sleeves and shorts on and I got scratched multiple times by branches and bushes. That said: The view from the top was definitely worth it. When you get to the top it is pretty steep, but if you keep walking along the ridge there is another way up the rocks at the back, that is less steep and our dog was even able to get up it. Great hike, great view!

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Roger Iwasaki
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Hiking

Parked across from the trailhead located on east side of 101. But walked north along 101 about a mile to the northern trailhead to begin my hike. Was unaware that the route shown on AllTrails.com ascends to the summit then back down to Neahkahnie Mtn Road. Looking at the app it looked like a couple more miles to go until I realized I was there! The rocky summit offered amazing views (looking south) of coastline. Nice day. Kinda crowded at summit--about a dozen people.

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Connie Williams
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HikingBlowdownGreat!MuddyRockyScramble

Great trail. We hiked today (8-1-20) We did Elk Flats Trail up to Neahkahnie. Mix of different habitats but mostly forest. Most of the trail is tree roots which made it a fun adventure. It was overcast and cloudy but still a beautiful hike. Hills were great. About the time you feel a little tired, it levels out or goes down hill just enough for a break. Spent a little time at the beach in the sunshine. Highly recommend.

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