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

Beaver Falls HikeBeaver Falls
This short hike slips down through forest to a beautiful waterfall plunging over a basalt wall.
Ecola State Park HikeEcola Point to Indian Beach
This 2 2/3-mile round trip hike explores a wild and beautiful section of Oregon Coast Trail between Ecola Point and Indian Beach in Ecola State Park.
Cape Meares State Park HikeCape Meares Lighthouse & Octopus Tree
This easy 0.8-mile 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.
Cape Lookout TrailCape Lookout Trail
This 5-mile round trip hike ventures down a promontory on the Oregon Coast with beautiful ocean views.
Cape KiwandaCape Kiwanda
This short beach hike explores tide pools and sand dunes at a rugged headland on Oregon’s coast near Pacific City.
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Clear Lake Loop Willamette National Forest Clear Lake Trail McKenzie River Trail Hike Oregon
The pristine Cascadian jewel called Clear Lake, was forged in the fires of a volcanic eruption, three centuries ago. The lave flow that dammed the lake still occupies stretches of the shoreline. A loop trail around Clear Lake weaves through resilient old growth forests and fields of volcanic rock, offering beautiful lake views around almost every turn. The 5-mile loop hike combines Clear... Read more.
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Tagged with · Cascade Range · Free Trails · Lakes · Lava · McKenzie Bridge · Sisters · Willamette National Forest
Distance: 5 miles · Elevation change: 75 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 11, 2018
Beaver Falls Trail Oregon Beaver Creek Waterfall Clatskanie Columbia County Hike
Just off Route 30 between Portland and Astoria, travelers can gush over a short hike to a lovely waterfall. Beaver Falls (a.k.a. Beaver Creek Falls) takes a single-drop plunge off a basalt ledge. The waterfall is nearly 50 feet tall and swells to 40 feet wide. This quick delight of a hike descends 100 feet through forest for a 0.7-mile round trip outing. Add this Columbia County waterfall... Read more.
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Tagged with · Clatskanie · Free Trails · Waterfalls
Distance: 0.7 miles · Elevation change: 100 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 20, 2017
Pothole Falls Round Lake Loop Lacamas Potholes Lacamas Lake Regional Park Camas Washington Hike
Potholes aren't always bad. The creatively carved-out bedrock at Pothole Falls adds to the allure of the cascades. Pothole Falls is just a stone's throw from Round Lake, a 26-acre body in Lacamas Lake Regional Park in Camas, Washington. Round Lake Loop Trail offers a relaxing nature trail through lake-edge forest. Circle Round Lake and check out Pothole Falls on a 1.6-mile outing with 200... Read more.
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Tagged with · Camas · Free Trails · Lacamas Lake Regional Park · Lakes · Nature Trails · Waterfalls
Distance: 1.6 miles · Elevation change: 200 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 24, 2018
Dog Mountain Trail Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Dog Mountain Loop Hike Washington
It isn't pack mentality that makes Dog Mountain one of the most popular hikes on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. The grassy slopes near the summit put on a winning display of spring wildflowers, enhancing year-round views over the gorge's beautiful surroundings. Dog Mountain Trail is steep and largely forested, ascending 2,825 feet in 3 /13 miles. Two viewpoints along the... Read more.
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Tagged with · Cascade Range · Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area · Free Trails · Stevenson · Summits
Distance: 7.4 miles · Elevation change: 2825 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 24, 2018
Coyote Wall Hike Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Little Maui Trail Little Moab Trail Coyote Wall Trail Washington
Take a drive through the Columbia River Gorge and you're sure to be impressed by a diagonal band of cliffs on the Washington side of the gorge that rise from the river toward the mountains above. These grand and daunting cliffs are called Coyote Wall or the Syncline. A network of single-track trails and old jeep roads extend up alongside the columnar basalt ledge. Coyote Wall is quite... Read more.
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Tagged with · Cascade Range · Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area · Free Trails · White Salmon
Distance: 5.8 miles · Elevation change: 1575 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 11, 2018