Explore the most popular forest trails near Yachats with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The best - jaw dropping view.

hiking
4 days ago

Sometimes steep trail through the forest to the Giant Sitka Spruce. It can be muddy in spots. There is a little bench to sit and study the huge tree at the clearing. For those who would like to see the tree but can’t walk the trail, you can park at the end of the Cape Perpetua Campground near the restrooms and shelter, cross the little footbridge over the creek and walk the end of the trail. The short trail is on the maps. We saw a couple families with handicapped kids walking this part of the trail. Otherwise the kids wouldn’t have been able to get out into the woods and see the huge tree.

Absolutely loved this trail. It was uphill for the first 1.5-2.0 miles but then it slowly declined on the back end kinda like my former marriage lol. You will definitely get a workout.

hiking
4 days ago

Absolutely loved this trail. Highly recommended for those who want to keep in the shade.

What a great trail just outside of Yachats. We used the day use parking at the top. Hiking down to the visitor center then back up. The views of the Oregon coast are amazing.

on Oregon Coast Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Mostly uphill. Every step is worth all the amazing coastal views. Very Beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

The actual distance from west TH to east TH and back is 11.6mi=2x5.8mi as Forest Service describes it: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/siuslaw/recreation/recarea/?recid=42391 . My extension up to Cummins Peak that resulted in 12.9mi out and back was optional. Only a radio tower up there, no views.
The trail has no spectacular views and is a bit monotonous but quiet and well maintained.

*yellow jackets* This is an awesome hike that we do each time we visit! It's a wonderful loop with some of the most incredible old growth Spruce and Doug Fir trees. There's also hemlock and cedars along the creek....just a gorgeous hike that's also a nice workout. We saw the previous post warning about bees and also ran into them today... No warning, but luckily we only got stung once apiece. We ran like crazy people though! We hiked the loop clockwise from the visitor center and they were maybe a half mile up from the bottom of Gwynn Creek (up from where the Coast Trail meets Gwynn Creek). We also let the visitor center know...still no signs or notices out, so proceed with caution. Otherwise, this hike is seriously a gem and you'll barely see anyone else.

hiking
1 month ago

Scared a white-assed elk, who was sleeping in a bush by the trail. S/he jumped, ran away 150 ft and watched us from that distance. It was near a wet area with yellow western skunk cabbage, elk's gourmet food.

*Warning* many yellow jacket ground nests on trail last couple of miles! We hiked there this morning and must have accidentally disturbed one of the nests. We had a group of 4 leave with a combined 20+ stings (with only 1 of the group who did not get stung at all). We were about 2 or so miles from the end when we were stung and came across quite a few more nests (thankfully no more angry swarms) We let the visitor center know, and they thankfully had some benadryl to give us, I don't know if part of maintaining trails means they try to clear out nests or not, so I'd be very cautious if you do hike this! But other than that I loved the trail, it was beautiful! I would like to do it again at some point, probably in late fall or winter so I don't have anxiety about being swarmed again.

Beautiful juxtaposition from a young forest to old growth. Great diversity of plants, beautiful ferns, and really huge trees. The cooks ridge section, 2.4 miles, has some moderately steep sections though I found the entire trail very enjoyable.

Great hike with good variety.

Fun hike with 4 teenagers taking the lead. Trail starts near visitor center. Parking permit was required and could be purchased for $5 for the day. Super cool tree at the end of the trail. Reminded us of what the tree might have been like in the book "My Side of the Mountain."

Hiking along Gwynn Creek, crossed 12 small creeks, some over bridges, others stepping on rocks. So one can call this portion "The trail of dozen creeklets." Four stars because of no scenic views.

Did the trail anti-clockwise so the climb to the ridge is much more gradual. This entire hike is through mostly old growth forest. Beautiful forest but no views at all. If you do the trail anti-clockwise, keep in mind that there are no benches or other options to sit down for a break until you get to the last section of the trail that is an interpretive loop.

hiking
2 months ago

Short steep hike through the forest with amazing views along the way and on top! Hehe, feels so much more rewarding walking up when you see the folks that came by car

There were barely any views of the coast. Beautiful trees and wildflowers. Too close to the 101.

hiking
2 months ago

Started at the public parking area near the post office in Yachats and followed the Pacific Coast Trail to the statue and back. Round trip was about 5 miles. First part of trail follows the coast line and then it follows 101, venturing across private property, so be careful to stay on the marked trail. The trail was easy to follow despite being a little overgrown in a few places and allowed for beautiful views of the ocean through the trees. Watch your step for snails and slugs and watch the trail for spider webs.

Amanda's grotto was partially blocked by a fallen tree but still easy to access. (Note that the statue is now on the Yachats side of the footbridge.)

This trail along with Whispering trail is a nice way to enjoy Cape Perpetua. Did not do the more difficult hike from the bottom at the visitor center to the top of the cape but Amanda Trail was still fun though I only did the first 2 miles from the top and then turned around and went back. This is a nice area with good views and nice trails. It is worth visiting once in your life though I like Cascade Head and it's views better. Will come back later this summer and try the ascent hike to the top and the other inner land trails.

Did this loop today counter clockwise. Beautiful day high mid 60’s and clear. Wonderful trail through ferns and old growth Sitka Spruce. Not too steep and well maintained trail. Not sure why its rated hard except maybe the length. We had just over 7 miles total. We saw two other people , both within 1 mile of Visitor Center

Great trail. Started in Yachats and headed up. Ended at the visitors center. A must run!

Great hike and beautiful views.

hiking
4 months ago

Super easy hike but well worth the view!

on Amanda Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Surprisingly vertical at times (although my wife and I had been told that it was pretty much flat) but very enjoyable. Despite the occasional incline, I’d consider jogging this trail on a day that isn’t too busy.

Short and simple. Amazing view on sunny days.

Really pretty hike. Only thing is that I assumed itd be more flat since its so straight but it goes up and down quiet a bit. It doesn't make it difficult but some may find that useful knowing.

I enjoy this going down the hill. Up hill can be kinda rough with how steep it is. Check the weather before going as mud can make it harder. I feel this trail is more uneven from rocks and roots on the ground. I dont find it an issue but some may.

5 months ago

this is a fun, really pretty trail. Several switch backs, not a whole lot of people the two times I've been out there. warblers in the summer!

this is a nice climb and short - combine it with the Amanda trail for a longer stretch and more elevation. I did that to condition for Yosemite.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved this trail. Started at the statue (got dropped off) and ended up at Cape Perpetua Campground, where we were camping. Lots of hills and passed through the Cape Perpetua lookout area before getting back to the campground. Loved this! My hiking partner said she once seen a herd of elk on this trail. Hiked this in September, mild somewhat wet day.

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