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Just hiked this on Sunday November 11th 2018, Veterans Day:). I’ll never say a hike is bad, always a beautiful day in the woods and mountains. It was a 12 mile twisty turning drive to get to the trail head. Once there I noticed signs that say the trails are closed and unsafe, access is prohibited! Well we set out anyway because hey... it’s what we do. We did 3 miles out and 3 back. Nothing tremendously notable other than the river. This trail doesn’t seem very heavy used. We were literally the only people on the trail. I’d like to hike the trail in the opposite direction and see what it has to offer scenery wise.
Like I said, a bad hike is still a good hike. For the beginners this would be perfect, flat and long with nice views. Can’t say I got any ticks, maybe the cold kept them from being active.

hiking
20 hours ago

Nice easy fairly short hike with amazing views! After some rain it was pretty muddy, but not too crazy. Get there early as by mid day there was no parking left. Definitely worth it!

Overall this is a pretty trail, though it is challenging. The portion west of 101 is probably the most "interesting," though we were in a cloud by the time we got to the peak so maybe if we'd had a view we would have felt otherwise. Definitely take the paths to the beach and Devil's Cauldron.

I'd say the best aspect of this hike is that you get to pass through a lot of different environments pretty quickly. These get repeated, but I think it does break up what could be the monotony of a hike in the forest, especially when you actually start going up Neahkahnie.

We mapped about 9.6 miles on our GPS with stops at the beach and the Devil's Cauldron overlook then made it a lollipop by going down Neahkahnie's south side and taking 101 back to the Oregon Coast Trail. I am glad we did it that way, too, because I think the amount of roots on the trail on the northern approach would have been tiring on the way down. The south side is pretty easy on the knees. Lots of switchbacks and more open trail.

A note on attire - at this point in the year it's pretty muddy with a few puddles. You will have to climb over a fallen tree trunk that was pretty wet. Plus, there is a lot of change in the amount of exposure/sunlight you'll get. Wear solid shoes with good tread and bring layers.

on Devil's Cauldron Trail

15 days ago

quick + easy walk to a breathtaking view

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike for all fitness levels. When you reach the end of the trail keep walking towards the end of the peninsula to find a hidden trail that will lead you all the way to a private hidden section with incredible views.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful. Easy hike. Park at the Sandy beach parking lot and walk under the bridge to the beach. This part follows a creek and can be crowded with surfers in wet suits carrying their surfboards. The trail is paved to the beach. Turn right at the map on the beach and head up the trail to the lookout. watch out for roots and slippery spots. Hiking poles are a good idea. Bring a windbreaker. It can be windy at the top. The views are absolutely breathtaking.

Hiked on Oct 18. Well-marked trail, bathroom available nearby, no fee to park. Steep in sections, lots of roots on trial. Gorgeous views of the ocean. Take the short hike to Devils Cauldron. Very unusual trees-some had root systems that were above ground and saw lots of old growths.

A nice gradual trial down to the Cauldron with AMAZING views. We went on a beautiful sunny day so got to see all the way down the coast as well. We also continued down on trail 328 for a little bit and were rewarded with a trail full of all kinds of different mushrooms. Great hike!

hiking
25 days ago

Ill give this one 4 stars, but only because of the Rooty trail. Yes the trail is full of roots! But, if you persist you will be rewarded with an amazing view at the end at Falcon Point, 360 view of the ocean where you will be able to see the rock formations of the other points on either side. We stopped at Short Sands beach to dip our feet in the water and it was a perfect spot to end the hike.

Nice periods of shade and sun. Overall nice hike. Lot of roots but help keep from slipping in some areas.

My favorite OR coast trail! It can get muddy but besides that, worth every step.

hiking
1 month ago

UNREAL view if you have the stomach.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is lava and you can only walk on the roots.

My husband and I did this hike on a beautiful sunny day. The trail was easy to follow and we had no trouble completing it in sneakers. We hung out at many viewpoints and the top just soaking in the view and took the spur trail to the beach on the way back and rested by the water before heading out. Definitely worth repeating

A pretty easy hike through old growth forest with views of the Pacific Ocean. The end point is worth it, only wished we had packed some snacks and wine to enjoy while there. Heading back we also took the short trail down to the beach and watched the surfers with the fog rolling in. Loved it!!

hiking
2 months ago

A beautiful trail with great views! The trail is a tad bit challenging with the number of roots crowding the path. Would highly recommend going during the summer time!

hiking
2 months ago

Was in Nehalem visiting and stopped by the falls. It is directly off the main campground and you can follow the trail around if you want.

A well maintained trail with beautiful old growth forest and amazing viewpoints near the top end of the trail. There are lots of roots in the trail so watch your step. The trail does have a steady gradual incline

hiking
2 months ago

A lot of roots, but lots of great views

I went the 9 miles which most people do not do. It was amazing!!! The views off the beaten paths were spectacular. My friends and I loved it! Not sure I would rate this hike a 5 if I was not doing the loop. The loop makes it a 5.

hiking
2 months ago

Some technical sections, views are with it!

hiking
2 months ago

This was my first time hiking Cape Falcon. It was an easy hike with some stunning views. There were several areas with a lot of roots, so watch your footing. With that in mind, don't forget to look up an enjoy the sights around you. I will definitely hike this again, but only on weekdays. Fewer people and dogs since I bring my four legged sidekick with me everywhere.

Beautiful views! Very busy trail and lots of tree roots to walk over. Inclines were not bad at all. Get there early because the parking gets full.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful! Not very muddy, and what mud was there was firm. Recommend getting here early though, parking filled up fast! Only 3 other cars in the lot when we arrived at 9am, completely full when we left at around 12:30. Bathrooms are past the trailhead, across the street.

hiking
2 months ago

great trail for taking kids and dogs on! View at the end is incredible

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with plenty to see and hear. Loved walking through the forest and hearing the ocean waves. Great panoramic views from the highest point, and make sure to head to the end of the Cape Falcon trail to view the secluded black sand beach. We got to the trail head at about 8:45 and only started encountering other hikers on the way back, so go early for more quiet time, as this is a popular route with families. My favorite hike on the coast!

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy and fun hike! Great view at the end to sit, watch the ocean, and eat and rest. The view is awesome! Also visit the beach after and put your feet in the water to cool off!

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.

on Cape Falcon Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Very well maintained. Easy hike. This trail has everything: beautiful walk through the forest with old spruce trees, amazing views of the coast, a small secluded waterfall, and a spectacular panorama view of Cape Falcon at the end.

3 months ago

A lovely hike, with a big view payoff at the end. Relatively easy, with moderate ups and downs, but there are lots of tree roots to step through on the path so anyone with a tendency to fall needs to take care. Parking lot fills up by 11, so get there early!

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