Best trails in Seaside, Oregon

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Looking for a great trail near Seaside, Oregon? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Oswald West State Park or Ecola State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Hug Point State Recreation Site or Haystack Hill Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Seaside ranging from 0.9 to 5.5 miles and from 22 to 2,112 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Seaside, Oregon
Top trails (10)
#1 - Tillamook Head National Recreation Trail
Ecola State Park
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 5 h 58 m
Hike with the Lewis and Clark Expedition to Tillamook Head via Ecola State Park and discover the explorers' farthest western point of discovery. The wide, graveled trail starts on the right-hand side of the Indian Beach parking turnaround. After 100 yards keep left at a fork and climb, steeply at times, through old-growth spruce and alder woods. After 1.6 miles you'll reach an X-shaped trail crossing beside three open-sided shelters and a primitive camping area for backpackers. The shelters and tent sites are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis, but there is no drinking water nearby. Turn left at the trail junction for 0.2 mile to find a 6-room concrete bunker that housed a radar installation in World War II. Just beyond is a cliff-edge viewpoint at the tip of Tillamook Head, breathtakingly high above a rugged rock beach. A mile to sea is Tillamook Rock, a bleak island with a lighthouse that operated from 1881 to 1957. Nicknamed "Terrible Tilly," the light was repeatedly overswept by winter storms that dashed water, rocks and fish into the lantern room 150 feet above normal sea level. The island was finally bought by funeral entrepreneurs who bring in urns of cremated remains by helicopter. Show more
#2 - Ecola State Park to Indian Beach Trail
Ecola State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
#3 - Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail
Ecola State Park
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 6 h 57 m
Take in the beauty of Tillamook Head and follow a famous trail used by the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Part of the Oregon Coast Trail. The Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail goes from Seaside to Indian Beach or vice versa. The southern 1.4 miles of this trail include/overlap half of the Clatsop Loop Trail and you'll have to hike this as it's part of the trail too. You can continue south 1.5 miles from Indian Beach on the Indian Beach Trail to another parking area. Show more
#4 - Soapstone Lake Trail
Seaside, Oregon
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
Note: As of August 2020, users have reported that the bridge at the lake is out. There is a way to get around the bridge via logs and rocks.Show more
#5 - Bloom Lake Trail
Clatsop State Forest
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
#6 - Oregon Beaches Via Seaside Promenade
Seaside, Oregon
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
This is a great stroll along a beautiful beach and a cute and fun little town with many fun things to do - great for families. Accessibility: Users have reported that the southern 2/3 of the trail is concrete but the northern 1/3 is sandy/through the dunes. Wheelchair/mobility equipment and stroller users without assistance may want to turn around when the trail turns to sand. The paved trail is typically at least four feet wide and has a flat estimated grade - all 1% or less.Show more
#7 - Saddle Mountain Trail [CLOSED]
Saddle Mountain State Natural Area
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
Note: As of September 2020, this park is closed due to lack of staff and funding shortage. Check here for more information: https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=140 The highest point in northwest Oregon, this saddle-shaped peak commands a panorama from the ocean to Mount St. Helens. The climb is especially popular in May and June, when wildflowers fill the mountain's meadows with the richest floral display in the Coast Range. The trail starts at an easy pace and begins to zig-zag after about 1 mile. The trail gets progressively steeper and more arduous as it gains height. Just before the saddle it levels out prior to a descent between the two peaks. A steeper trail then takes you to the summit. Show more
#8 - Steam Donkey Trail
Tillamook State Forest
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 27 m
An easy walk starting at the Sunset Rest Area, is a great way to stretch the legs on the way to the beach from Portland. The trail is a figure eight, with a shorter loop (Springboard Loop) that can be done without adding the larger loop (Dooley Spur Loop). Part of the Dooley Spur Loop follow an old railroad grade, but there are no structures to see.Show more
#9 - Spruce Run Creek Trail
Clatsop State Forest
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
This very undulating trail begins at the Henry Rierson Spruce Run Campground on the Nehalem River and follows a creek valley up to a secluded lake. You are never far from clear cuts, but these are mostly obscured from view when the foliage leafs out in the spring. The trail offers a good little jaunt if you are staying at the campground, or if you take a detour to or from the coast when you are traveling Highway 26. Spruce Run Creek itself is only visible at the beginning of the hike, and Spruce Run Lake is more of a large pond, but the lushness of the woods and the forest wildflowers make this a good spring hike. Tall Douglas-firs shade the Spruce Run Campground and the trailhead. However, alders and maples make up most of the tree cover along the trail. Large stumps attest to the huge old growth trees that once loomed over this landscape. Hike up along a sword fern/salmonberry cloaked hillside above Spruce Run Creek. Spring wildflowers include toothwort, oxalis, bleeding heart, and woods violet. The trail drops down to creek level and then rises steeply. The clearcuts across the creek are visible. Rise high above the creek in a Douglas-fir zone. The trail drops down above an alder flat and then rises to undulate along the slope in mossy woods. Ascend steeply in hemlock/Douglas-fir woods with some alders and maples. The trail makes a traverse and then rises up past a mossy seep. Switchback twice and then head up a forested ridge with thickets of salmonberry. The trail keeps rising as you switchback once to encounter your first Sitka spruce and a junction with a spur leading to Lost Lake Road. Then pass a large maple and drop from this crest under vine maple bowers. Head up once more, switchback twice, and make a short traverse. There’s another short rise and the trail drops to a saddle before you make a traverse in Douglas-fir, hemlock and spruce woods. The trails drops under a vine maple bower, passing a bench carved from a log, and then you can traverse upward. Hike along on the level, drop, then rise, and finally head down to Spruce Run Lake, where the trail fades. Cattails form a swamp at the eastern end of the lake and skunk-cabbage festoons the shore.Show more
#10 - Dog Thief Point [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Seaside, Oregon
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
Begins a mile west of the Sunset Highway rest area. On the right there is a short dirt road that splits. At this point take a left and park somewhere before the yellow gate that marks the beginning of the privately owned timber lands. Show more