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5 of the Best Cannon Beach Hiking Trails

 Neahkahnie Mountain Trail - Viewpoint
Viewpoint on Neahkahnie Mountain

Cannon Beach is a haven for relaxation and adventure. For outdoor enthusiasts who want to get out and about, Cannon Beach has numerous hiking routes within minutes of town that may be explored. Take advantage of the Oregon Coast’s unrivaled beauty by exploring these beautiful hikes in and around Cannon Beach.

#1 – Cape Falcon Trail 

Cape Falon is a 4.8-mile out and back trail in Oswald West State Park that provides breathtaking views of the Oregon Coast and is considered moderate difficulty. Weave your way through magnificent Sitka spruce trees and absorb the serenity of the forest. You’ll be greeted with beautiful vistas of Neahkahnie Mountain and Manzanita at the end of the route.

#2 – Neahkahnie Mountain Trail 

The Neahkahnie Mountain Trail is a popular destination on the Oregon Coast. For hikers, Neahkahnie Mountain is one of the highest points on the West Coast and provides a moderate difficulty (although still family-friendly) hike. As you begin your journey, wildflowers will welcome you, and as you reach the finish, stunning panoramic views of the Pacific will be sure to leave you speechless. This 2.8-mile out and back trek is heavily used but provides just enough peace and quiet to enjoy.

#3 – Devil’s Cauldron Trail 

For a quick excursion with spectacular views, the Devil’s Cauldron Trail is a wonderful choice in a trail. Devil’s Cauldron may be considered more of a stroll than a hike since it is only 0.5 miles long. The viewpoint overlooks a tiny cove where the surf crashes against the rock walls, and it can get overgrown and muddy at times. However, the views are well worth the short trek.

#4 – Haystack Rock 

Haystack Rock is a 4.3-mile out-and-back hike that takes you to one of the most iconic landmarks on the Oregon Coast. Although this route may be considered easy, it is still packed with adventure. From tide pools filled with marine life to incredible views, Haystack Rock should not be missed.

#5 – Short Sands Beach Trail 

The Short Sands Beach Trail is a quick and easy 1.6-mile out and back hike that provides stunning views of the ocean, as well as the unique geologic formations that make up Short Sands Beach. This trail is perfect for those who want to enjoy the beauty of nature without a lot of effort.

Whether you’re looking for a challenging hike or a leisurely stroll, Cannon Beach has something for everyone. Get out and explore all that this beautiful area has to offer!

Are these Trails Dog-Friendly?

All of the trails listed above are pet-friendly, but leashes must be used when/if you enter state park boundaries. Dogs that aren’t on a leash can go wherever they want within the park; however, they must have strong recall skills if not kept on a leash.

Pack & Dress Appropriately

Pack or Wear Boots

Remember to bring appropriate clothing and shoes for your trip along the Oregon Coast! While tennis shoes may be fine on some trails, hiking boots are always preferable.

Beach Gear

When on the beach trails above, make sure to remember a couple things: sunscreen & water! The sun can be quite strong on the Oregon Coast, so make sure to put sunscreen on all exposed skin. Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty, to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Bring a Camera

You’ll want to capture the incredible views from these hikes, so make sure to bring your camera or phone!

Follow Leave No Trace Principles

When enjoying the outdoors, it is important to follow Leave No Trace principles in order to help protect and preserve our natural areas. These principles include things such as packing out what you pack in and respecting wildlife.

Plan Your Cannon Beach Adventure with Meredith Lodging

Now that you know some of the best hikes near Cannon Beach, it’s time to start planning your adventure! Meredith Lodging offers a wide variety of Cannon Beach vacation rental homes in the area, including pet-friendly options, so you can find the perfect one for your group. Browse our properties today and contact us to book your stay!

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