Octopus Tree Trail is a 0.5 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tillamook, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.5 km Elevation Gain: 27 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




wild flowers




historic site

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. This popular attraction is an unusually large Sitka spruce aptly named for its unique shape. More than 10 feet at its base, it has no central trunk, uncommon for a spruce. Instead, limbs 3–5 feet thick branch out close to the ground. Several other large Sitka spruce trees are visible from the trails, but none is as unusual as the “Octopus Tree.”

Sat Oct 27 2018

This is short and sweet, but I give 5 stars because this tree is incredible, and the view over the edge is breathtaking. It poured rain on me today, but it was still totally worth it. The waves crashing on the beach below had me feeling all kinds of ways, and the rain was making everything shine! No critters were spotted on this trail, but there was some dinner plate sized mushroom action.

Sun Sep 16 2018

Accessible from the lower parking lot. Easy walk. Impressive tree.

Tue Aug 21 2018

Quick and easy

Wed Aug 15 2018

good for kids. cool tree.

Wed Jul 25 2018

Really short, worth seeing the tree.

Wed Apr 04 2018

Super short and great for kids!

Sun Apr 01 2018

If you want to get up to this area you have to take the highway through Netarts and Oceanside. It is closed coming from the northern portion of the loop. As others have noted, this really is more of a stroll, but this tree is really cool. Took our 7 year old and even he was impressed with this tree. You can add in a short walk down to the lighthouse which we did and the whales were very active which was fun to see.

Tue Mar 13 2018

road to this trail is closed

Sun Oct 29 2017

Easy hike and worth the visit, very unique!

Sat Sep 02 2017

I wouldn't call this a hike - more like a stroll. However, the Octopus Tree is awesome. The pictures online are an accurate look at the tree, but you still have to see it in person.

Thu Jul 20 2017

Really cool tree by Cape Meares Lighthouse.

Mon May 29 2017

My kiddos love this stop

Thu Mar 30 2017

not the hardest, but very scenic. lots of character. been going to this one since i was in grade school, simply amazing

Wed Aug 10 2016

Very unusual tree and an easy trail to get there

Wed Jul 06 2016

Easy enough for everyone to enjoy and it features an Octopus Tree.

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recorded Cape Meares Lighthouse

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