Neahkahnie Mountain

Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110

Neahkahnie Mountain

Neahkahnie Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"If buried treasure and spectacular views sound at all tempting, this is the ride for you. It takes you south along bustling Highway 101, then wanders steeply up the side of 1,631-foot Neahkahnie Mountain, where local legend says buried treasure still exists.

Near the summit, stash your bike and hike through an old-growth coastal forest. Eventually the trail deposits you atop the mountain, where (on a clear day) you can see 50 miles in every direction. Trail surface: Paved road and gravel road."

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"Neahkahnie Mountain was once a vision-quest site. Today most hikers ascend it for the magnificent view of the Nehalem River Valley and the coastline stretching to the south.

Spring and early summer have the added attraction of a wildflower shoe in the open meadows and shaded forest glades. Most summit hikers approach Neahkahnie Mountain from the south trailhead, for a there-and-back again hike to the summit."

"Neahkahnie Mountain rises abruptly from the pounding Pacific surf. In fact, a section of U.S. Highway 101 was blasted from its cliffs about 400 feet above the ocean.

The steep trail to the summit starts just north of the blasted-out section, at 410 feet elevation, and winds its way through openings and dense forest to a viewpoint very close to the 1,681-foot-high summit of Neahkahnie Mountain. The Neahkahnie Mountain Trail is within Oswald West State Park and is part of the Oregon Coast Trail."

"Neahkahnie Mountain was a vision-quest site for the original residents of this coastline, and still is—in a certain sense—for many contemporary hikers. Some seek inner visions, or the clarity that comes from maintaining target heart rate for a good, long period.

Others are content with the magnificent views southward from Neahkahnie to the Nehalem River Valley. In spring look for white trillium, pink salmonberry, and other wildflowers along the trail; we heard the whump-whump of a grouse on a recent ascent."

"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."

"This route takes you on a journey to the 1,631-foot summit of Neahkahnie Mountain, where local legend says buried treasure still exists. From the top you’ll have stunning ocean views (on a clear day) for 50 miles in every direction. Trail surface: Singletrack and a small section of doubletrack road.

Some of the most breathtaking views of the northern Oregon coast can be seen from the top of 1,631-foot Neahkahnie Mountain. Back in the seventeenth century, it was fairly common to see Spanish sailing vessels along this stretch of coast, many of which carried cargoes of beeswax (used in candle making), a common item for trade at the time."

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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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7/26/2009
This was a scenic hike. We saw the trail sign right off 101, just south of Oswald State Park, and drove up the rocky road to the trail head. At the trail head we couldn't figure out if we should take the wide access road up or the small trail that seemed to go back down to the road. Despite my wife's insistance that we take the trail, I thought the wide looking road with the gate would be the right way to go. I was wrong, the access road was steep, rough, and not very enjoyable. My wife let me know that clearly. We eventually crossed path with the trail and we saw some others hikers who guided us on the trail up to the mountain. What a view! Well worth the short climb. On the way down we took the normal trail with the switchbacks, which was much more enjoyable!
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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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7/23/2006
This is a logging road that is a rather unrelenting steep, graveled climb. Due to the size of the crushed basalt rocks (1-3" diam) and our lack of climbing skills, we half pushed, half rode the bikes to the saddle. Having hiked to the summit previously, we decided that the hike was much more fun and rewarding than the bike ride. The downhill ride was ok, but not very interesting.
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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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Trail Information

Cannon Beach
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Moderate
Physical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Year-round; can be muddy in winter
Season
Hiking
Additional Use
Wildflowers
Features
Oregon Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts