Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Newport, Oregon 97365

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Professional Reviews and 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. It’s recommended that you bring a pair of binoculars in order to get a close-up view of the abundance of wildlife this unique area has to offer. Trail surface: Paved walkways, dirt path, wooden steps, and rocky beach."

"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 pair of binoculars in order to get a close-up view of the abundant wildlife this unique area has to offer."

"Yaquina Head was formed by Miocene-epoch lava flows; its hard volcanic basalt has endured the eroding effects of wind and waves while softer rock around it crumbled into the ocean.

This basalt was also the headland's undoing; from 1925 to 1983, the area was quarried for local building and road construction material."

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9/2/2017
This can be pretty brutal on windy days but if you get good weather, it’s such a beautiful view. Great for kids because it’s short and scenic, and there is a black rock beach just below the lighthouse. You can often get pretty close to sea lions playing nearby.
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1/30/2011
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.
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5/30/2009
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.
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4/25/2009
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.
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3/14/2008
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.
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8/15/2006
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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7/17/2006
Hiked last summer (06) and had lived in Portland for 2 years and never knew it existed. I was glad I took a chance on this trail. Very rewarding!
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2/27/2003
This is one of my favorite Gorge trails. In the summer I often will hike Angel's rest after work. There are many flowers that bloom on this trail, such as wild mountain iris, tiger lilies, and trillium. My experience this past fall was hiking up to the top and sitting on one the rocks over hanging the Columbia River Gorge and watching the sun set. It was the most beautiful sites I have seen. I highly recommend this hike.
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2/5/2003
If you're up for a challenging but rewarding hike this one is for you. Angel's Rest has many great treats on the mostly uphill climb to the spot where you will love to rest. At the beginning of the trail you get a glimpse of a waterfall and can enjoy the rushing water flowing near the trail. Now becomes the fun part of walking up switchbacks until you reach a massive rock pile. Continue on for one of the most magnificient views of the Columbia River Gorge. Key tips for this trail: -Wear layers as your body temperature may drastically change from beginning to end -Wear sturdy shoes with good ankle support due to walking on unstable rocks and slippery mud -As Always take plenty of water and food for fuel -Pack a camera! Don't leave it in the car like I did and miss the opportunity to get a good snapshot of your journey.
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6/15/2002
A very short drive from Portland. Woderful views of the gorge.
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Trail Information

Newport
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
15 minutes to 1 hour
Duration
June through Oct
Season
Hiking, Camping
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Features
Maptech CD: Newport/Portland/ Mount Hood/The Dalles, OR; USGS: Newport North, OR
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Nov 2018