Elk Flats Trail

Distance: 3 Miles RT Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 616 feet Trail Condition: Narrow, can be muddy, sandy at the end, exposed roots Trail Highlights: Ocean views, turnaround point at Short Sands Beach, forested, Treasure Cove, Devil’s Cauldron viewpoint, Smuggler’s Cove at Short Sands Beach, Kerwin Creek & Short Sand Creek & Blumenthal Creek on the beach, restrooms and picnic tables at Short Sands … Continue reading Elk Flats Trail

Saddle Mountain

Distance: 5 Miles RT (with an option of 5.4 miles RT) Hike Type: Out-and-back Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 1,791’ Trail Condition: Well-maintained, rocky, dirt, narrow at times, exposed, slippery Trail Highlights: One of the highest peaks along the Oregon Coast and northwest of Portland (3,283’), lots of wildflowers, 27ish switchbacks, views of: Oregon Coastal towns (Seaside to Astoria), 5 volcanoes on a clear day (Rainier, Mount … Continue reading Saddle Mountain

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

While only 12 miles long, the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor is easily one of the most beautiful areas along the Oregon Coast. And dare I say, possibly one of the most beautiful areas in the state? Its beauty is comparable to what you see at the Alvord, the Wallowas and Crater Lake. You’ll find over 300 years old Sitka trees, 130 rock formations … Continue reading Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

Cape Falcon

Distance: 5 Miles (or 1.7 miles to Short Sands Beach) Hike Type: Out-and-Back Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 160’ Trail Condition: Well-maintained but can be muddy and has exposed roots Trail Highlights: Series of viewpoints including Short Sands beach, Neahkahnie Mountain, Tillamook Head, Cape Lookout and Manzanita, Blumenthal Falls, cliffs, Dense forest, Beach access to Short Sand and Smuggler’s Cove, There are restrooms in the parking lot … Continue reading Cape Falcon

Drift Creek Falls

Distance: 3 Miles or 3.5 Miles with North Loop Hike Type: Out-And-Back Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 490′ Trail Condition: Well-maintained, dirt Trail Highlights: Suspension bridge, waterfall Trail Head(s): Drift Creek Falls Trailhead Fees: NW Forest Pass or A.T.B Pass Dogs Allowed: Yes Crowd Level: Heavily crowded on weekends (mornings are better), Somewhat busy on weekdays Type of Shoe Needed: Tennis shoes are just fine Required Vehicle … Continue reading Drift Creek Falls