Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Newport, Oregon

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The trails in the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area take you through a rich coastal ecosystem, giving visitors an excellent opportunity to view seabirds, tide-pool creatures, harbor seals, and migrating gray whales. The other main attraction of this special ocean oasis is the 93-foot Yaquina Head Lighthouse—the tallest lighthouse in Oregon. Bring a good pair of binoculars in order to get a close-up view of the abundant wildlife this unique area has to offer.
Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series)

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Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series)

by Lizann Dunegan (Falcon Guides)

The trails in the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area take you through a rich coastal ecosystem, giving visitors an excellent opportunity to view seabirds, tide-pool creatures, harbor seals, and migrating gray whales.

The other main attraction of this special ocean oasis is the 93-foot Yaquina Head Lighthouse—the tallest lighthouse in Oregon. Bring a good pair of binoculars in order to get a close-up view of the abundant wildlife this unique area has to offer.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Newport
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 15 minutes to 1 hour
Season: June through Oct
Local Maps: Maptech CD: Newport/Portland/ Mount Hood/The Dalles, OR; USGS: Newport North, OR
Driving Directions: Directions to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Recent Trail Reviews

1/30/2011
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An enjoyable hike. The trail has a fairly consistent incline that I wasn't expecting because I didn't read anything about it, but it was still fun! The view from the top was just about the same as any high point in the gorge, but there are some neat rock formations. There were a lot of people on the trail and limited parking space. We ended up parking past the auxiliary parking lot, on the road. You should do this hike! Just try to shoot for a weekday if you can spare it.


5/30/2009
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Great trail to excellent views of the Western Columbia River Gorge from a rocky prominence. (Crown Point, Cape Horn, Mt Hamilton, Table Mountain) Very popular with dog owners. First parts can be muddy in wet weather - rocky farther up. Bring water and sunscreen on clear days. Climbs the whole way, but I have seen people jogging up, so no real mountain climb. Trekking poles optional.


4/25/2009
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A descent hike. Relatively steep in parts with a few rewards along the trail. (Waterfall, creeks) The view was beautiful and the day was bluebird. The downside was I got poison oak really bad and I never found the geocache, only benchmarks.


3/14/2008
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This would be four starts but today, March 14, 2008, we had sodden skies, some rain, and some fog slightly obscuring Gorge views. A really nice hike, Coopey Falls is a treat, and the trail from Angels Rest a mile or so beyond (sign marks it as Angels Rest Trail) is a nice, needle-strewn forest trail. This would be a great hike on which to be accompanied by a geologist; lots of layered, striated rock (OK, that's a redundancy) rock before and at Angels Rest. Oh, and even this early in the year, some delicate trillium near the trailhead and beyond. Although this is 1,500 feet in elevation gain, the trail was mostly graded well enough that the gain was not strenuous.


8/15/2006
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Hiked this trail on Aug 1, 2006. The only reason to hike this route is for the view on top, which allows you a marvelous vista about 1500 feet above the Columbia River. But purists seeking a "wilderness experience" will prefer other venues. You hear highway noise from I84 for almost the duration of the walk, something my wife and I found quite annoying.



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