Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Newport, Oregon

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The trails in the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area take you through a rich coastal ecosystem, giving visitors an excellent opportunity to view seabirds, tide-pool creatures, harbor seals, and migrating gray whales. The other main attraction of this special ocean oasis is the 93-foot Yaquina Head Lighthouse—the tallest lighthouse in Oregon. Bring a good pair of binoculars in order to get a close-up view of the abundant wildlife this unique area has to offer.
Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series)

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Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series)

by Lizann Dunegan (Falcon Guides)

The trails in the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area take you through a rich coastal ecosystem, giving visitors an excellent opportunity to view seabirds, tide-pool creatures, harbor seals, and migrating gray whales.

The other main attraction of this special ocean oasis is the 93-foot Yaquina Head Lighthouse—the tallest lighthouse in Oregon. Bring a good pair of binoculars in order to get a close-up view of the abundant wildlife this unique area has to offer.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Newport
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 15 minutes to 1 hour
Season: June through Oct
Local Maps: Maptech CD: Newport/Portland/ Mount Hood/The Dalles, OR; USGS: Newport North, OR
Topo Map: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series) Guide Book
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Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

1/30/2011

An enjoyable hike. The trail has a fairly consistent incline that I wasn't expecting because I didn't read anything about it, but it was still fun! The view from the top was just about the same as any high point in the gorge, but there are some neat rock formations. There were a lot of people on the trail and limited parking space. We ended up parking past the auxiliary parking lot, on the road. You should do this hike! Just try to shoot for a weekday if you can spare it.

5/30/2009

Great trail to excellent views of the Western Columbia River Gorge from a rocky prominence. (Crown Point, Cape Horn, Mt Hamilton, Table Mountain) Very popular with dog owners. First parts can be muddy in wet weather - rocky farther up. Bring water and sunscreen on clear days. Climbs the whole way, but I have seen people jogging up, so no real mountain climb. Trekking poles optional.

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