Neahkahnie Mountain

Astoria, Oregon

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A round-trip day hike at Oswald West State Park. Mention Neahkahnie Mountain, known in legends as the “Home of the Gods,” to some people and images of buried treasures light faces. Tales of riches, hidden by Spanish sailors in the early 1700s, prompt some modern-day treasure hunters to search for the valuable cargo. Skeptics claim the treasure may be in the sea or buried deep within the mountain, for the mountain has obviously shifted a great deal in the past 200 years. Still, it doesn’t stop the searching. Whether you’re into treasures or you just enjoy moderate hikes with great views and the chance of observing elk, then this trail is for you. It is located in the Oswald West State Park, and there is camping nearby at both Oswald West and Nehalem Bay State Parks. Special attractions: Magnificent views; oldgrowth trees; wildlife.

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"A round-trip day hike at Oswald West State Park. Mention Neahkahnie Mountain, known in legends as the “Home of the Gods,” to some people and images of buried treasures light faces. Tales of riches, hidden by Spanish sailors in the early 1700s, prompt some modern-day treasure hunters to search for the valuable cargo. Skeptics claim the treasure may be in the sea or buried deep within the mountain, for the mountain has obviously shifted a great deal in the past 200 years. Still, it doesn’t stop the searching.

Whether you’re into treasures or you just enjoy moderate hikes with great views and the chance of observing elk, then this trail is for you. It is located in the Oswald West State Park, and there is camping nearby at both Oswald West and Nehalem Bay State Parks. Special attractions: Magnificent views; oldgrowth trees; wildlife."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Astoria
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 911 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 720 feet
Top Elevation: 1,631 feet
Local Contacts: Oregon State Parks and Recreation Division
Local Maps: USGS Nehalem

Neahkahnie Mountain Reviews

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5/30/2017
I have done this hike twice, and both times it was dark and foggy. I couldn't see the view from the top, but the trail, forest, and flowers themselves are enough to make this hike well worth it. I recommend arranging transportation so that you can start at one end (near Manzanita) and end at the other (near the Devil's Cauldron turnout). Plan to be wet!
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1/29/2011
Wonderful little hike, takes under 2 hours (round trip) and the reward is an incredible view of the Oregon Coast. I'm told that during February/March you can sometimes spot the Grey Whales migrating north for the summer. We had a nice sunny day in January and you could see for miles. Great short hike when visiting the Oregon Coast for a weekend.
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6/28/2007
This is a great hike on the Oregon coast. It is just a few mile past Oswald west park on the 101. This must be one of the best views on the coast. You could see down the coast line for days. Great vegatation on the trail.
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7/2/2005
Short Hike but nice and steep. View at top is wonderful on a clear day.
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4/21/2005
Absolutely stunner of a view from the top, although it is a bit of a scramble to get there at the end and kids will need to be watched. If you go in late April the top is covered with pink erythroniums (aka dog's tooth lilies, avalanche lilies, etc.). Gorgeous.
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5/10/2003
This trailhead may be tough to find as it is on a dirt road off Hwy 101, but the view from the top of the mountain is one of the best in all of the Oregon Coast. The trail itself does not go all the way to the top. You will have to scramble over some rocks to get to the top where you can rest perched 2000 ft over the beaches.
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