Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

Amazing views!! Just need to be careful with sneaky waves and watch your steps.

*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 & Doug Fir trees. There's also hemlock & cedars along the creek....just a gorgeous hike that's also a nice workout. We saw the previous post warning about bees & 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 & 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 & you'll barely see anyone else.

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6 days 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.

So cool. A must see!

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.

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1 month 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

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1 month 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.)

Great photo ops on this hike.

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

on Amanda Trail

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2 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.

Best to go at lower tide! Maybe just the season, but there was no one there and we got an awesome show. Short hike, a little confusing but just head down at either point by the bridge (there are two parking lots along the hwy). Gotta get out over the rocks but be careful with the tide, some waves come in big.

Love this! Super easy and nice for all ages. Very pretty views!

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.

4 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.

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4 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.

5 months ago

One of my favorites ever!!!

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5 months ago

Beautiful, moderately traveled trail with many switchbacks up the side of a hill. Spectacular views of the ocean and lots of wildflowers in the Spring. At the top is a parking lot with bathrooms and a shelter overlooking the ocean. Amanda Trail ends up at the same parking lot from the other direction.

By far one of my most favorite hiking spots in the area.

6 months ago

Wonderful hike

Gorgeous look out. Not very muddy in the winter, pretty steep but not too long and a good workout. Beautiful old growth trees.

Great trail with a view.

I started at Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint. I found the forest around Gwynn Creek trail to be the best section.

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7 months ago

quick trail from the top to the bottom. little bit of up and down at the start but overall gradual descent. Statue was cool! dropped me out by the welcome to yachats sign near the ocean cove bnb.

Nice easy hike for our the day we arrived at Carl Wasburne State Park. We didn’t have a ton of daylight left before settling into our yurt. Great way to winter camp without needing to carry a bunch of gear.

I start this loop from Hwy 101 at Neptune, which is a wonderful beach with sandstone cliffs and eroded basalt. . Terrific Sitka Spruce old growth forest flanks the hills along Gwynn creek. A brief switchback climbs to Cooks Ridge trail which eventually descends to Cape Perpetua Visitor center. Bald Eagles nest atop Cooks ridge, Kingfishers along Gwynn Creek. I have seen Chanterelles along this trail as early as mid July

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