Oregon has almost 400 miles of coastline to explore, with dramatic rock formations, old-growth forests, stunning wildlife, and magnificent views. Each of these Oregon coast hikes offers something out of the ordinary.

Some will take you to the top of a mountain and show you miles of ocean as far as you can see.

Others will lead you across cliffs and tide pools to get an up-close experience of the coast. One thing is for sure: these hikes aren’t mundane walks on dirt paths.

They’ll leave you itching for more, and you may just become obsessed with the Oregon coast.

Oregon Coast Hikes

Our hikes below are ordered by what the hike offers and then our map below will show you exactly where it is so you can plan your trails accordingly. Want to really hike the Oregon coast? Stick around and check out our tips for hiking the Oregon Coast Trail!

We also have you sorted for camping along the Oregon coast so you can make the most of your trip and camp at some of the trailheads!

Oregon Coast Trails on Headlands and Capes

Oregon’s craggy coastline is full of twists and turns, hills and slopes. Some of the most gorgeous places are capes and headlands.

Many of these bluffs offer great hiking trails, and we’ll take a look at a few of them here.

1. Tillamook Head via Indian Beach

  • Distance: 9.9 miles
  • Type of Trail: Out-and-Back
  • Difficulty: Moderate

We’ll start things off at the north end of Oregon’s coast. Tillamook Head is located between the towns of Seaside and Cannon Beach.

You can access this trail from the cove area in Seaside or from Indian Beach in Ecola State Park.

Starting from Indian Beach, you’ll hike up Tillamook Head through the protected wilderness to some amazing vistas of the ocean. About halfway through you’ll come to a hiker’s camp.

Here, you can see an ocean view that includes the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Known as “Terrible Tilly,” the builders and operators endured harsh conditions while the lighthouse was in use. Near the camp, you’ll also find some old World War II bunkers, covered in moss and sunken into the ground.

2. Cape Falcon Trail

  • Distance: 4.6 miles
  • Type of Trail: Out-and-Back
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The Cape Falcon Loop Trail is located in Oregon’s gorgeous Oswald West State Park. The park covers 2,484 acres along 13 miles of the Oregon coast.

It includes two headlands and Short Sand Beach. The beach is popular with surfers and you might be able to spot a few on this Oregon coast hike.

Amazing view of Falcon Cove

Falcon Cove

This trail links up with the Oregon Coast Trail to bring you out to the edge of Cape Falcon. Keep in mind that this trail can be a bit muddy if you use it outside of the warm summer months. However, the views of the ocean scenery are worth making a muddy trek.

3. Cascade Head to Harts Cove

  • Distance: 13.3 miles
  • Type of Trail: Out-and-Back
  • Difficulty: Hard

Cascade head is another piece of scenic Oregon wilderness. Though this trail is near the beach, most of it is heavily wooded. However, you do get the chance to see some awesome wildlife. In particular, many people have reported seeing herds of elk in the woods.

View on Cascade Head

Cascade Head

At 13.3 miles, it’s one of the longer hikes on our list. Adding to its difficulty is the 2,762 feet in elevation that you gain on the hike. If you want to make the hike shorter, you can turnaround at the midpoint when the trail meets up with a road.

Continuing on to the end, you’ll come out at a lookout point over Harts Cove that’s hard to beat.

4. Cape Sebastian Trail

  • Distance: 2.7 miles
  • Type of Trail: Out-and-Back
  • Difficulty: Medium

Cape Sebastian is a headland that juts out of the coast south of Gold Beach. There’s a viewpoint at the top, but the fun really starts when you hike down to the point of the cape.

This hike is pretty much downhill all the way there and uphill all the way back.

Even though it’s not a long hike, you’ll climb about 718 feet in elevation on the way back. Along the hike you’ll see some great views of the ocean and experience different kinds of wildlife.

At the end of the trail, there’s a steep descent to the beach. However, there’s a rope that can help you get through this section—both down to the beach and back up. On the beach, you’ll find tide pools with more life.

If you’re in the area, you could spend a whole day explore the nearby Samuel H Boardman Scenic Corridor as well!

Oregon Coast Hikes with Good Climbs

There’s nothing quite like a strenuous hike that pushes your limits. While you’ll burn some calories on these hikes, doing so is worlds away from going to the gym.

On these Oregon coast hikes, you’re out in nature and the trail is your personal trainer.

5. Neahkahnie Mountain Trail

  • Distance: 3.9 miles
  • Type of Trail: Out-and-Back
  • Difficulty: Hard

The Neahkahnie Mountain Trail is also located in Oswald West State Park, just to the south of Cape Falcon. This time, instead of hiking out along a cape, you’ll hike up a mountain.

You’ll notice this spot right away since Highway 101 rises sharply to a lookout point at the edge of the mountain.

Neahkahnie View Point on the Oregon coast

Seaside on the Oregon Coast

Make sure you’ve got some good footwear for this trail. That’s because the trail goes over many exposed root systems and can also get slick and muddy in spots.

Once you get to the top, you’ll enjoy a fantastic view of Manzanita, one of Oregon’s most scenic coastal towns.

6. Cummins Peak

  • Distance: 12.9 miles
  • Type of Trail: Out-and-Back
  • Difficulty: Hard

This is a great trail to do if you’re wanting to get away from the crowds. It’s a bit harder than other trails in the area, and not many people make the trek.

To get to Cummins Peak, you’ll follow the Cummins Ridge Trail.

For the most part, the trail is heavily forested, and it doesn’t have many spectacular views. However, it does make for a peaceful time in the quiet of nature.

Also, it’s a great workout. That’s because the trail is basically uphill until you turnaround at the peak.

7. Humbug Mountain Trail

  • Distance: 5.1 miles
  • Type of Trail: Loop
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Here’s another great hike to do for the climb. On this Oregon coast trail, you’ll hike up 1,876 feet to the top of Humbug Mountain. The first mile is the most difficult part of the climb through the forest. At the top, you’ll get a marvelous view of the area.

In the spring of 2019, the state cleared some trees at the top and opened up the view even more. Now, you can see for miles along the coastline and gaze at the sparkling ocean far below.

Here’s another great hike to do for the climb. On this Oregon coast trail, you’ll hike up 1,876 feet to the top of Humbug Mountain. The first mile is the most difficult part of the climb through the forest. At the top, you’ll get a marvelous view of the area.

View on the beach

Humbug Mountain, Oregon coast trail

Here’s another great hike to do for the climb. On this Oregon coast trail, you’ll hike up 1,876 feet to the top of Humbug Mountain. The first mile is the most difficult part of the climb through the forest. At the top, you’ll get a marvelous view of the area.

In the spring of 2019, the state cleared some trees at the top and opened up the view even more. Now, you can see for miles along the coastline and gaze at the sparkling ocean far below.

8. Cooks Ridge Trail via Discovery Loop Trail

  • Distance: 6.7 miles
  • Type of Trail: Out-and-Back
  • Difficulty: Moderate

You’ll climb a good amount during the first couple of miles on this trail. The route gains 1,617 feet and takes you through a beautiful old-growth forest.

Walking through a forest of ancient, towering trees is definitely one of the highlights of this trail. Most of the trail follows Cooks Ridge which opens up for views of the surrounding forested hills on occasion.

Hikes with Ocean Views on the Oregon Coast

Oregon’s coastline has no shortage of amazing views. People come from all around to experience the Pacific Ocean, and one of the best ways to do that is by hiking to a viewpoint.

9. God’s Thumb via The Knoll

  • Distance: 4.4 miles
  • Type of Trail: Out-and-Back
  • Difficulty: Medium

You’ll find the trailhead for this excursion at the north end of Lincoln City. At the end of this trail lies a natural basalt formation that looks like a giant thumb.

Two hikkers in top of God's Thumb

God’s Thumb is a popular Oregon coast hike.

The first part of the trail is relatively easy. However, towards the end, you’ll climb up some steep slopes and cross a thin ridge to get to the viewpoint.

As you catch your breath at the top, you can take in a panoramic view of the coastline.

10. Sunset Bay to Cape Arago

  • Distance: 8.5
  • Type of Trail: Out-and-Back
  • Difficulty: Easy

Located by Coos Bay, this hike is a gem of the Oregon Coast. You get to see three state parks along the way: Sunset Bay, Shore Acres, and Cape Arago.

Starting at Sunset Bay, the trail takes you along a cliffside forest that opens up to the gardens at Shore Acres. Shore Acres has a few different types of gardens and is a great place to include on an Oregon coast road trip.

View from the top Cape Arago

Cape Argo

Continuing on, you’ll get to two different spots where you can see sea lions. Hiking along 90-foot craggy cliffs also gives you some great views of the ocean, and you might even spot some seals as well.

11. Saint Perpetua and Giant Spruce Trail

  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Type of Trail: Out-and-Back
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Cape Perpetua is a majestic headland that is part of the Siuslaw National Forest. There are quite a few things to explore in Cape Perpetua like Devil’s Churn and Thor’s Well.

Also, you can find many miles of hiking trails in this area. Today, we’ll talk about the Saint Perpetua and Giant Spruce Trail.

On this hike, you can see a variety of wildflowers and local wildlife. In addition to that, you’ll get a great view of the ocean when you get to the top.

It’s a great hike to do in the afternoon since it’s not too long, but you will get a good workout climbing to the top.

Also, it’s more than 500 years old. Going on this hike would provide a great educational experience for young ones.

Hillside of the Cape Perpetua on the Oregon Coast road trip

Cape Perpetua

Oregon Coast Hikes to Natural Landmarks

The following trails all have something special, whether that’s a waterfall, lake, or some sand dunes. As far as Oregon coast hikes go, there are lots of natural wonders to experience.

12. 333 Trail

  • Distance: 2.7 miles
  • Type of Trail: Out-and-Back
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The 333 Trail is located just north of Cape Sebastian. If you guessed that it’s one of the less-traveled Oregon coast trails, you’d be right.

Be prepared, you might have to fight through some blackberry bushes to get past a few spots on this trail. The start of the trail can be hard to find in the overgrowth, as well.

However, if you’re able to find it, it’s a great experience.

The trail starts off in the forest between Highway 101 and the beach. As you walk towards the ocean, you’ll pass through some striking rock formations.

Finally, you’ll come out on a secluded strip of coastline that you can explore. The area doesn’t see many travelers, so you’ll probably have the natural wonder of the beach to yourself.

The 333 Trail isn’t very long, but the hike back to the trailhead can be strenuous with the elevation gain.

13. Sutton Creek Dunes

  • Distance: 4.1 miles
  • Type of Trail: Loop
  • Difficulty: Easy

A trip to Oregon’s central coast wouldn’t be complete without exploring the Oregon Dunes. This section of dunes is the largest in North America and it offers plenty of things to do for the adventurous.

At the north end of the dunes, you’ll find a campground and Sutton Creek.

The dunes around the beginning of this hike are very old and covered in vegetation. In other spots, the trail is in the sand and open to the sun.

This easy 4-mile loop is great to do any time of year. Also, it’s good to have a map with you on the trail.

That’s because you’ll go through a campground with a few different turnoffs, and finding the next part of the loop can be a bit confusing.

14. Drift Creek Falls Trail

  • Distance: 2.6 miles
  • Type of Trail: Out-and-Back
  • Difficulty: Easy

This trail is located about 30 minutes inland from Lincoln City, but it’s worth the extra driving. For one thing, the road up to the trail is beautiful and winds through dense forest.

It is a popular spot, so try to start in the morning if you want to beat the crowds.

View on the Drift Creek Falls

Drift Creek Falls | Photo Credit by Attu012 via Flickr

The trail will take you through the forest up to a sturdy suspension bridge. From the bridge, you get a great view of the Drift Creek Falls as it plunges down 75 feet into a gorge.

Next, you can continue on and come to a lower viewpoint on a switchback. This second spot offers a bench and makes a good picnic location.

The only downside to this Oregon coast hike is that you walk downhill on the way in and have to climb on the way out.

15. Eel Lake Trail

  • Distance: 6.1 miles
  • Type of Trail: Out-and-Back
  • Difficulty: Moderate

This trail is located just off of Highway 101 south of Reedsport. The trail closely follows the shoreline of Eel Lake and is very beautiful.

Also, the trail is maintained well and is great for a wide range of experience levels.

Depending on the time of year, this Oregon coast hike can get a bit muddy. However, you might also see huckleberries lining the trail, perfect for snacking.

The lake is the star of the show here, and it makes for a peaceful hike out in nature. Also, Eel Lake is popular with local bass and trout fisherman.

16. Floras Lake Waterfall Trail

  • Distance: 5.3 miles
  • Type of Trail: Out-and-Back
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The Floras Lake Waterfall Trail starts off by taking you around the edge of Floras Lake. This lake also has trout and is a nice spot for fishing.

As you continue on, you’ll walk through a forested area. Next, you’ll come across an overgrown turnoff that leads to the beach.

Follow the shoreline south and you’ll find a rocky area with archways and a gorgeous waterfall.

17. Fort to Sea Trail

  • Distance: 6.1 miles
  • Type of Trail: Point-to-Point
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The Fort to Sea Trail gives you the unique opportunity to experience a few different ecosystems on one hike. On this trail, you start at Fort Clatsop near Astoria.

You can explore the visitor center complete with in-costume rangers who can answer questions about Lewis and Clark.

Forest at Fort to Sea trailhead

Fort to Sea Trail

Continuing on the trail, you’ll pass through temperate rainforest, traverse coastal inlets into pastures, and finally reach the ocean at Sunset Beach. One-way this trail is 6.1 miles long, but you can also return the same way and double your mileage.

One Trail to Rule Them All: Oregon Coast Trail (OCT)

  • Distance: 382 miles
  • Type of Trail: Long Distance Thru-HIke
  • Difficulty: Varies between sections

The Oregon Coast Trail is a long-distance trail route that winds along the entire coast of Oregon. It stretches from the mouth of the Columbia in the north all the way to the border with California.

It’s the ultimate way to experience everything the coastline has to offer.

On this trail, you’ll trek through almost 400 miles of national forests, beachheads, cliffs, and state parks. Also, you’ll walk through a number of beach towns and travel along roadways at times.

At many points along the journey, you get from trailhead to trailhead via open beaches.

Views on a Oregon Coast Hike

Somewhere overlooking Bandon Beach

If you’re considering taking the whole trip in one go, it’s important to leave at the right time. Summertime (June through September) is the best time to go.

However, temperatures in the wintertime are mild so it’s possible to do the trail year-round. If you have the right gear, a hike during the off-season can reveal some gorgeous drizzly vistas.

Just be aware that you will get wet.

How Long Does Hiking the Oregon Coast Trail Take?

So how long does it take to hike the whole coastline? Well, if you keep a moderate pace every day, it takes about one month. But, if you want to stop in various towns along the way you might want to plan for some more time to do this mega Oregon coast hike.

If you’re planning on doing the whole hike, make sure that you have some experience with long-distance hiking. The daily trek can take a toll on your body if you haven’t trained for it.

Also, remember that you won’t be hiking on soil the whole time. You’ll traverse many miles on the beach, and walking on sand takes more energy.

Of course, you could hike any section of the Oregon Coast Trail that you want. You could do the southern coast from Reedsport through to the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor.

Or, you could hike a shorter section between Tillamook and Lincoln City. However you choose to do it, the OCT offers an experience filled with wonder and adventure.

Check out more posts on the Oregon Coast and even more adventures around the state.