Four Great Fall Hikes & Craft Beer Stops for Afterwards
Wander through a lush rainforest at Ecola State Park where some of the world’s tallest trees tower over your head or hike past old-growth Sitka Spruce to the end of dramatic Cape Falcon in Oswald West State Park where you can soak up stunning ocean views. Cannon Beach offers access to some of the Northwest’s most scenic hiking trails and when your hiking is done, you’ll find plenty of local spots for a craft beer and some great food. Here are four hikes with recommendations for pub stops for after your explorations are finished.
Ecola Point to Crescent Beach
A 1.25-mile trail leads from the main parking area at Ecola Point in Ecola State Park to Crescent Beach. The trail is steep, challenging and occasionally slippery or muddy in places, but offers access to one of the more secluded beaches in the area. For brews and food: As you return to town, drop by Public Coast Brewing Co. at the north end of town, where brewer Will Leroux conjures up an extensive lineup of craft brews including everything from award-winning ales to German wheat beers, stouts and even a house-made root beer, alongside taps flowing with rotating regional features.
Tillamook Head Trail
From the trailhead at Indian Beach in Ecola State Park, follow the route taken by a party of explorers from the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1806. This segment of the Oregon Coast Trail leads from Indian Beach about six miles to the northern trailhead in south Seaside. The best views are within the first 1.3 miles, making this a good option for shorter hikes too. For brews and food: Head back to Bill’s Tavern & Brewhouse in downtown Cannon Beach for a locally crafted brew by the oldest brewery in Cannon Beach.
Cape Falcon Trail
A 2.3-mile hike leads from the trailhead parking area in Oswald West State Park on the west side of Highway 101 through coastal rainforest to the end of Cape Falcon. The trail emerges from the forest at the end of the cape through hedges of salal and wild roses, offering views north to Tillamook Head and south to Cape Lookout. For brews and food: Top off your adventure at Pelican Brewing’s newest location in midtown on Sunset Blvd, where 20 taps feature Pelican favorites along with hard-to-find small batch beers, some made only in Cannon Beach.
Necarney Creek to Elk Flats & Devil’s Cauldron
From the smaller parking area just south of the main Oswald West parking lot, the Necarney Creek Trail descends into the rainforest and connects to the Elk Flats Trail south, offering about a 1.5-mile walk through forest, emerging at meadows frequented by elk and eventually leading to a short spur trail to sheer cliffs overlooking Devil’s Cauldron. For brews and food: On your way back into Cannon Beach, swing by the Warren House Pub near the Tolovana Park Wayside on the south end of town. The pub features a great tap selection including brews from downtown Cannon Beach’s Bill’s Tavern & Brewhouse.
Watch local menus during the fall season and you'll be rewarded with a fresh bounty ranging from wild caught salmon to locally foraged mushrooms. If you are as inspired by art as you are by the great outdoors, find out why Cannon Beach is known as one of the best art towns in the Northwest by planning your hiking trip to coincide with the Stormy Weather Arts Festival, where you can also soak in three days of arts and music events in one of the world's most beautiful destinations.