Neahkahnie Mountain (Northern Approach)

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

9.6 miles
2,755 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips





wild flowers



old growth

over grown

There are several unwritten side trails from the Neahkahnie headland. From the parking area on Hwy 101, descend toward Short Sands and look for a side trail on the left, about 200 yards from the parking. Welcome to the Neahkahnie Punchbowl! From here there are numerous side trails all over the headland. I like the one that traverses uphill to a heavily wooded cliff with outstanding ocean views, but watch your step. These trails continue across the headland to more views on the south side before looping back to the parking area. There are additional scramble trails that start further up the highway by climbing over a wall and descending toward the surf, but be very careful as these are not maintained and can be very thick with overgrowth.

25 days ago

Only challenging in a few spots and absolutely beautiful throughout the trip!

29 days ago

Easily completed with a little dog in tow. Trail is well marked and the views from the top are life-altering. We got hit with a storm as we reached the summit and the wind was a bit treacherous from the top but well worth it. Watch for whales!

1 month ago

This was a gorgeous hike! Many wildflowers, berries to eat, beautiful trees! Trail is easy to follow and well maintained. In the shade most of the hike. Spectacular views from the top. One of my favorite all time hikes!

1 month ago

Really great hike, beautiful views. Would love to go back soon.

2 months ago

Took me and my girlfriend around 2 hours 45 minutes to complete with around a half hour at the top. Not to difficult but am in decent physical condition. The first 15-20 minutes is pretty thick brush (got stung by something on my arm) but trail opens up after that. View at the top is beautiful. Entrance to the hike is well marked with a sign.

2 months ago

Great views...however there are a number of very overgrown areas.

2 months ago

You get an amazing view of the Pacific. Worth the hike

3 months ago

First time doing this one and would definitely go again! The trails were a bit muddy with lots of roots and rocks but nothing too terrible. Once I got to the top viewpoint (so gorgeous btw) I opted to head down the other side to the highway. While there is a sketchy section of very little shoulder to walk along, most of the highway walk/jog ended up being on a sidewalk path.

3 months ago

Wonderful hike with early elevation gain giving you amazing views of the coast. Busy 5/12/18 making an already muddy trail a slogfest. A scramble at the top gives you an amazing view of the coast and surrounding city so worth the 2000 ft climb.

3 months ago

Gorgeous, sweeping views. Go!

4 months ago

Incredible! But, busy.

trail running
6 months ago

I would agree that it’s more moderate than hard, but I’m glad I had the AllTrails map to refer to when switchbacks became a bit confusing (the white trail markers did help). I parked at Oswald West - South and headed west, in the direction of the Suspension bridge (this took some guess work, as the map at the trailhead wasn’t too informative). All in all, it was a great trail run for my dog and I—definitely worth the drive from Portland!

7 months ago

On a Wednesday we only saw 3 other people, which was great. Turned around at Highway 101, but stopped to see Devil's Cauldron Overlook and to trek Elk Trail. It's nice that the beach is so close to the trailhead - there is a short path to it after you cross the suspension bridge.

9 months ago

Great hike, more like moderate than hard.

A wonderfully unique view from the top and lovely tall trees along the way.

11 months ago

Nice trail. Lots of roots that tried to trip me all day. View from the top is incredible. More traffic than I was expecting, but folks were great and mindful of fellow hikers and Mother Earth. I saw one piece of a candy wrapper on the ground and of course picked it up. Nice to see such a clean trail. Make sure to go on a clear day.

11 months ago

Completed on 8/26 on a hot sunny day
A lot of overgrowth on the first mile starting from North Trailhead. Moderately steep climb for most of the trail up to the summit. A lot of roots and loose dirt on trail but still safe. You can scramble up the peak near the end or take a longer less steep trail around to the top. Great views and one of the best coast trails I've been on. The hike down to the South Trailhead was quick. less overgrown, and less exposed to sun. I took the highway from South Trailhead to North Trailhead. There is a pedestrian walkway for most of the walk but a section with no walkway that can be somewhat sketchy since your so close to the road.

trail running
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Amazing trail! Runnable but challenging, with a short scramble to the micro summit at the end. Lush and Lovely, lovely, lovely!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Beautiful hike!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Great hike. Beautiful scenes along the way and amazing views at the top. Took 3 dogs on the hike and they had no problem with the terrain. Not really muddy and there were a couple fallen trees along the path but they were easy to get around. Took us about 4 hours but we spent a long time at the top.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

The trail head from the northwest side (highway) starts out easy enough but if you read the comments they are correct, fallen trees have obstructed the path and many hikers including us ended up going off the path. USE THIS APP to stay on course. I would use the south side trail which better maintained.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The trail started out quite nicely although it is difficult to locate the trail head as there is very little signage. The trail itself is in terrible condition and is poorly marked. There are numerous spurs that hikers have started and downed trees that need to be cleared. We lost the primary trail and ended up on what appeared to be a well traveled path. This eventually dwindled into the ferns. I would suggest going with someone who knows the trail, you might have better luck.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Agree with Melinda. Hiked north to south loop (took 101 back to car) on Monday. Had a great time but lots of mud and puddles. Boots would have been nice. And I got off trail at some point. Had to scramble up through jungle to find it again. Summit view is awesome.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Did this yesterday, rainy and muddy. At about mile 2 of the trail the path was hard to identify. We felt it was a moderate level hike, the most challenges were the condition of the trail, not necessarily the hike itself.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great rainy day hike-the trees provide a fair amount of coverage. It was windy at the top! Overall, the trail is pretty well maintained and it's a thigh burner.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

We stopped near the top of Neahkahnie Mountain on the road with some dizzying views, then parked down at West Oswald Park and hiked to Short Sands Beach and back. Beautiful area, next time will hike to Cape Falcon.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The trailhead-
Parking was easily accessible. Trailhead easy to find.

The trail-
The hike itself was moderate. The conditions of the trail was a different story. Storms seem to have snapped several trees, leaving the trail confusing. We got lost 2 times, attempting to pass large fallen trees in the path. Note: if there is a fallen tree in the path, don't walk around it. Check to see if the tree was intentionally left there to guide you away. Both times we discovered that the trail actually continued in a switchback form above, but the path was washed out. You'll need to get a little clever in your methods for getting up to the trail, but if you don't mind fern whacking, it's doable. Being winter time, it's also pretty muddy so be prepared.

The options-
I would recommend the north trail, starting at short sands. You get both close up views of the beach and a mountain view. While both south and north trails appear to spend almost the entire hike in a wooded area with no views, the south trail is much longer.

Good workout, good view. Cape Falcon hike is a better option if you want more ocean scenery.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Absolutely Amazing!! Plenty of trails n a beautiful waterfall on the north end of Short Sand Beach!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It's a beautiful trail! Up to Cape falcon, after that point it needs a little, just a little maintenance.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Awesome Views Awesome Waves Awesome Camping

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