Coastal Oregon

Oregon has 350 miles of wild and pristine coastline. Big uncrowded beaches are joined by rock islands that punctuate rugged coastal scenery on par with the world’s best. Unlike Southern California, the coast of Oregon is mostly undeveloped, with charming seaside towns instead of large beach cities. State parks preserve many beautiful capes and beaches along the coast, offering scenic ocean view hikes.

Cape Lookout Trail Oregon
Cape Lookout Trail

Hiking the Oregon Coast

This collection of trails lists hikes roughly from west to east and north to south, but the table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike. Click on any trail to see a full write-up complete with photos, GPS maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. You can also view hikes around Coastal Oregon on the Hike Finder Map.

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
Ecola State Park Hike020Ecola Point to Indian Beach
This hike on Oregon Coast Trail explores wild beautiful scenery in Ecola State Park between Ecola Point and Indian Beach.
2.65 miles
350 feet
45.9195,
-123.9741
Cape Meares State Park Hike030Cape Meares Lighthouse & Octopus Tree
This easy hike in Cape Meares State Park visits a beautiful lighthouse and an equally impressive tree, exploring a coastal cape with tall cliffs and big ocean views.
0.8 miles
180 feet
45.4856,
-123.97443
Cape Lookout Trail040Cape Lookout Trail
This hike in Cape Lookout State Park ventures down a promontory on the Oregon Coast with beautiful ocean views.
5 miles
440 feet
45.3414,
-123.9745
Cape Kiwanda050Cape Kiwanda
This short beach hike explores tide pools and sand dunes at a rugged headland in Cape Kiwanda Natural Area near Pacific City.
1 mile
75 feet
45.2157,
-123.9711
Alder Island Hike Lincoln City052Alder Island Nature Trail
This short, easy hike off the coast south of Lincoln City explores a small island at the mouth of the Siletz River.
0.85 miles
5 feet
44.8954,
-124.0085
Saddle Mountain Hike055Saddle Mountain Trail
This out and back hike rises through fir forests and wildflower-filled grassy slopes up to a summit with panoramic coastal views.
5 miles
1635 feet
45.9628,
-123.6899
Beaver Falls Hike060Beaver Falls
This short hike slips down through forest to a beautiful waterfall plunging over a basalt wall.
0.7 miles
100 feet
46.10394,
-123.1298
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Trillium Lake Trail Government Camp Oregon Mount Hood National Forest Trillium Lake Loop
With monumental Mount Hood rising above its northern shore, Trillium Lake is a picturesque and popular destination for camping, hiking, and fun on the water. The summit of Mount Hood is just 7.5 miles from Trillium Lake and the famed Timberline Lodge can be spotted on its slopes. Hike an easy 2-mile loop around this scenic 63-acre lake in Mount Hood National Forest near Government Camp,... Read more.
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Tagged with · Cascade Range · Government Camp · Lakes · Mount Hood · Mount Hood National Forest
Distance: 2.05 miles · Elevation change: 15 feet
By: Published: Last updated: March 26, 2020
Mirror Lake Trail Government Camp Oregon Mount Hood National Forest
What makes Mirror Lake Trail such a popular hike? For starters, it is very approachable. The trailhead is just off Highway 26 by Ski Bowl West in Government Camp, Oregon. The creek-crossing hike through a forest of firs is appealing too. The main reason people are drawn to this 4.3-mile round trip hike (with 550 feet of elevation change) is sure to be the potential for postcard views of Mount... Read more.
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Tagged with · Cascade Range · Government Camp · Lakes · Mount Hood · Mount Hood National Forest
Distance: 4.3 miles · Elevation change: 550 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 30, 2020
Forest Park Loop Hike Wild Cherry Trail Alder Trail Portland Oregon
What will you find under the canopy of Forest Park? Dirt single tracks weave through verdant woodlands, passing Douglas firs and bigleaf maples bedecked with licorice ferns. Explore some of Forest Park's charmingly ridges and ravines on this 3.5-mile loop with 510 feet of elevation change. Although Wild Cherry Trail and Alder Trail are the most notable members of this hike, this circuit... Read more.
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Tagged with · Forest Park · Free Trails · Northwest Portland · Tualatin Mountains · West Hills of Portland
Distance: 3.5 miles · Elevation change: 510 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 24, 2020
Wild Cherry Trail Dogwood Trail Leif Erikson Drive Loop Hike Forest Park Portland Oregon
Looking for a Forest Park hike that can be completed in about an hour? Delve into the woods on this 2.5-mile loop that explores a soothing swath of Forest Park. The loop has 515 feet of elevation change, traveling downhill from Northwest 53rd Drive on Wild Cherry Trail before rising back up Dogwood Trail. Wild Cherry Trail – Dogwood Trail Loop starts from one of the roadside parking... Read more.
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Tagged with · Forest Park · Free Trails · Northwest Portland · Tualatin Mountains · West Hills of Portland
Distance: 2.5 miles · Elevation change: 515 feet
By: Published: Last updated: October 19, 2018
Alder Island Nature Trail Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge Hike Lincoln City Oregon Coast Trail
Just south of Lincoln City on the Oregon coast, Highway 101 crosses the Siletz River as it flows into Siletz Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It is at this location that you will find Alder Island Nature Trail, which opened in 2017 and offers a level 0.85-mile loop hike around an island between the river and its marshes. While it might lack the ocean views of surrounding coastal hikes, Alder... Read more.
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Tagged with · Depoe Bay · Free Trails · Lincoln City · Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Distance: 0.85 miles · Elevation change: 5 feet
By: Published: Last updated: July 13, 2019