Heceta Head Lighthouse

Florence, Oregon 97439

Heceta Head Lighthouse

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"In addition to a pocket beach, Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint has a vintage white Queen Anne-style lightkeepers house and an 1893 lighthouse that is open for tours daily, weather and staff permitting.

The route from the north gives you more of a hike on your way to the lighthouse and serves as a link in the Oregon Coast Trail."

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Day Hiking: Oregon Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Bonnie Henderson
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"Heceta Head is a great place for a day at the beach. The small, enclosed cove is fun for wading, but it’s big enough to fly kites. Children enjoy “sailing” driftwood boats down Cape Creek, which empties into the ocean at the south end of the beach; at the beach’s north end is a rock formation known as Devils Elbow. To get out of the wind, consider hiking up the creek: Follow a gravel road under the highway bridge, past a gate, and over a plank bridge spanning the creek, and immediately bear left on Cape Creek Trail, which follows an old road alongside the creek another 0.6 mile or so to a wide elk pasture. The main attraction of this park, in addition to the beach, is 1893 Heceta Head Lighthouse and the classic Queen Anne–style light-tender’s house (now managed as a bed and breakfast, under contract with the Forest Service)." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Oregon's North Coast (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"Take a picturesque walk to one of Oregon’s most photographed lighthouses. Nestled on the edge of the coastal protrusion Heceta Head, the 205-foot-tall Heceta Head Lighthouse is a welcoming beacon to ships and hikers alike. The Heceta (huh-SEE-tuh) Head Lighthouse stands as a quiet sentinel on the Central Oregon Coast, shining its beacon 21 miles out to sea.This magnificent structure was built in 1894 over a period of two years and at a cost of $80,000. The stone was shipped to the site from Oregon City, and the bricks and cement were brought in from San Francisco. Local sawmills supplied the wood, and the two-ton Fresnel lens was handcrafted and brought in by boat. The lighthouse and the scenic headland on which it sits owe their name to Captain Bruno Heceta, a Spanish captain who sailed his ship Corvette from Mexico to this part of the Oregon Coast." Read more
Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series) (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"Take a picturesque walk to one of Oregon’s most photographed lighthouses. Nestled on the edge of the coastal protrusion Heceta Head, the 205-foot-tall Heceta Head Lighthouse is a welcoming beacon to ships and hikers alike. Heceta (huh-SEE-tuh) Head Lighthouse stands as a quiet sentinel on the central Oregon coast, shining its beacon 21 miles out to sea. This magnificent structure was finished in 1894 after two years and at a cost of $80,000.The stone was shipped to the site from Oregon City, and the bricks and cement were brought in from San Francisco. Local sawmills supplied the wood, and the two-ton Fresnel lens was handcrafted and brought in by boat. The lighthouse and the scenic headland on which it sits owe their name to Captain Bruno Heceta, a Spanish captain who sailed his ship Corvette from Mexico to this part of the Oregon coast." Read more

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8/1/2006
Well, I have to say I'm very partial to this trail, simply because I find Heceta Head to be the most beautiful lighthouse on earth. The location is spectacular. The hike ascends well behind the lighthouse and gives a great mix of ocean views, tall spruce, ferns and other flora. It is easy to follow and provides nice resting spots along the way to reflect and take in the serenity of this beautiful coast.
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7/18/2006
This is a very easy and pleasant one mile hike. An hour will do it but it's pleasant enough to take a couple of hours especially if you take a walk on the beach adjacent to the trailhead or visit the small museum or the gift shop. The light house has been operating continuously for 110 years. When we visited on a weekend in July, docents were available and were conducting tours of the lighthouse, right up to the floor below the lamp where the electric operating mechanism is. That electric mechanism replaced a "clockworks" mechanism powered by a hanging weight; in the 30's as I recall.
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10/27/2002
Easy hike, but great views at the lighthouse. If your lucky the lighthouse may be open for tours also. Great spot to see whales.
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Trail Information

Florence
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3.0
Distance
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Hiking
Additional Use
Views
Features
Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park
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Dec 2018