Cape Falcon Trail

Neahkahnie Beach, Oregon 97056

Cape Falcon Trail

Cape Falcon Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The longest unbroken forested stretch of the Oregon Coast Trail runs from Arch Cape to the highway below Neahkahnie Mountain. Arrange a shuttle car and hike it all, or make a shorter out-and-back hike from the park’s parking area to the remote tip of the cape.

Along the way you’ll cross trickling creeks, listen to forest songbirds, and grab occasional ocean views. Carry binoculars not only to watch for whales but to watch the surfers far below off Short Sand Beach."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hiking Oregon Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Bonnie Henderson
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"This out-and-back trip to Cape Falcon includes the best of the Oregon Coast Trail hike from Arch Cape to Neahkahnie with a lot less distance and elevation gain and no shuttle car. The forest is magnificent and the ocean and shoreline views from the remote, bald cape superb. Pick up the trail at the north end of the parking lot and follow it 0.5 mile to a junction." Read more
100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Douglas Lorain
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"In 1913 the governor of Oregon declared that the state’s beaches could not be privately owned but would be held in trust for public highways. This action ensured that, unlike the coastlines of almost every other state, the magnificent beaches and rocky shores of Oregon would remain open to the public and free of development. That governor was Oswald West, and in honor of his farsighted action, the state gave his name to a state park that protects a particularly rugged and spectacular stretch of the coast he did so much to preserve. Today, hikers can explore Governor West’s legacy on a pair of magnificent trails that lead to two of the coast’s most outstanding locations, Cape Falcon and Neahkahnie Mountain." Read more

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4/1/2015
This is a dark, eerie, wet trail. I loved it! There are a few spectacular views of the coast, as well as sections where so little light gets through the thick rain forest that all that grows near the ground is fungus and moss. Plan for wet, cool weather.
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4/24/2009
My wife and I set out for my birthday from the Arch Cape trailhead to Oswald Campgrounds. We did an out-and-back in 2 days. A few things to note before you go: • No road called "Arch Cape Mill" can be seen from 101. Instead look for "Shingle Mill". It is the last left turn going S. on 101 before hitting the tunnel; or (obviously) the first right after the tunnel going N. • Before seeing any views of the ocean, you have to hike 3 miles, then climb 800 ft in 2 miles. While that may be nothing to avid hikers, we are pretty new at this, and it was tough (more so on day 2). Don't get me wrong, we had a blast, and the views were spectacular; but we did have to stop periodically to catch our breath. Worth the hard work for sure. We would definitely do it again. But be warned that it is quite a climb to Cape Falcon. • Oswald Campground (as of July 2008) is closed due to old trees falling on campsites (no joke). According to the posted letter, no one has been injured, but trees have been falling. My wife and I set up camp thinking we were lucky to have the whole place to ourselves, only to discover the note at the registration area on day two (after we had spent the night). Having entered the campground from the coast (and not from the highway where the posted closure note was intended to be viewed) we missed the warnings. On the plus side, there was ample firewood because no one had stayed there for a year! All and all, it is a beautiful trip. We had lunch on the tip of Cape Falcon and saw whale spray on the horizon. The forest floor just NE of the cape is equally beautiful. We saw only 2 other parties on the trail in all the time we were there. Our feet and legs were sore at the end, but we were glad we had done it. Highly recommended with consideration of my bullet points.
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Trail Information

Neahkahnie Beach
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
13.5
Distance
1,440 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Hiking
Additional Use
Oswald West State Park
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