Cape Kiwanda to Tierra del Mar Trail

Woods, Oregon

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The highlight is the climb up Cape Kiwanda’s sandy saddle— a 120-foot ascent that feels more like 300—and the sliding descent on the other side. Unlike its sister capes to the north, Cape Kiwanda is made of sandstone. It’s eroding much faster than the coast’s basalt capes, but along the way the waves are shaping its cliffs into gorgeous ocher sculptures. Minus tides in summer expose intertidal life on vertical surfaces of rocks at the cape’s base.
Day Hiking: Oregon Coast

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Day Hiking: Oregon Coast

by Bonnie Henderson (The Mountaineers Books)

The highlight is the climb up Cape Kiwanda’s sandy saddle— a 120-foot ascent that feels more like 300—and the sliding descent on the other side. Unlike its sister capes to the north, Cape Kiwanda is made of sandstone.

It’s eroding much faster than the coast’s basalt capes, but along the way the waves are shaping its cliffs into gorgeous ocher sculptures. Minus tides in summer expose intertidal life on vertical surfaces of rocks at the cape’s base.

©  Bonnie Henderson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Woods
Length: 4
Elevation Gain: 120 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
Topo Map: Cape Kiwanda to Tierra del Mar Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hiking: Oregon Coast Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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