5 Amazing Hikes Within 15 Minutes of Cannon Beach
Venture through lush rainforest at Ecola State Park where some of the world’s tallest trees tower over your head or hike through 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 easy access to some of the Northwest’s most scenic hiking trails and with five great hikes within 15 minutes, getting away from it all couldn't be easier in Cannon Beach. Here’s our list of the five best hikes within 15 minutes of Cannon Beach
#1) Ecola Point to Crescent Beach
A short drive from the north end of Cannon Beach leads to some of the Oregon Coast's best hiking trails in Ecola State Park and the 2.5-mile round trip hike to secluded Crescent Beach is a stunner. The trail is steep and can be slippery, so it’s best suited to fit and nimble hikers, but the reward is a remarkable beautiful stretch of uncrowded beach even during the busiest times of year. Visit at a low tide and you can walk Crescent Beach north to Ecola Point with striking rock formations and intertidal areas.
#2) Clatsop Loop Trail
From the Indian Beach trailhead in Ecola State Park, the Clatsop Loop Trail trail follows the edge of Tillamook Head, through rainforest, emerging at multiple sheer cliff viewpoints a total of 2.5 miles round trip. There are some great views even if you only go a short distance out and back along the western portion of the loop trail. Experienced hikers can hike across Tillamook Head from Indian Beach to north Seaside, approximately 5.25 miles, a route taken by the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1806.
#3) Cape Falcon Trail
At Oswald West State Park about 10 minutes south of Cannon Beach, you’ll find several trail options including a 13-mile stretch of the Oregon Coast Trail. One of the most visually rewarding options is the 2.3-mile Cape Falcon Trail that leads through old-growth rainforest to expansive views at the end of the cape.
#4) Short Sand Beach to Devil’s Cauldron
From the main parking area at Oswald West State Park, you can hike several trails for short outings or combine them for longer treks. It’s only a half-mile to beautiful Short Sand Beach, but you can continue through old growth forest to the Elk Flats Trail for 1.3 miles and then connect to a short spur trail to reach the sheer cliffs of Devil's Cauldron. Combine all of these for a hike of about four miles out and back, returning to the parking area on the Necarney Creek Trail.
#5) Neahkahnie Mountain Trail
For bird's eye views and great spring wildflowers, the Neahkahnie Mountain Trail crosses over the 1661-foot summit of Neahkahnie Mountain. The north side of the trail switchbacks about two miles to the summit where you are rewarded with panoramic views of the coastline, then continues down the south side 1.3 miles to the trail head on Neahkahnie Mountain Road.