An amazing outdoor adventure awaits. Our area features some of the most spectacular and dramatic hiking on the Oregon Coast. Short and sweet or challenge yourself, you decide!
Just north of Lincoln City, Cascade Head is a premier hiking destination offering out and back trails with stunning views of the coastline. With the pristine Salmon River Estuary below, Cascade Head is a protected wildlife sanctuary and some trails are closed at certain times during the year. Flower picking, hunting, camping, fires, bicycles, and dogs are not allowed.
Nature Conservancy Trail
Lower Trailhead – Open year round, and at two miles long, this trail covers both the north and south side of the headlands. The terrain can be difficult, but the view of the Salmon River Estuary makes it all worthwhile. Access the trailhead by traveling west on Three Rocks Road off of Hwy 101, following it to Knight Park where vehicles can be parked. From there cross Three Rocks Road following the shoulder of Savage Road to the trailhead.
Upper Trailhead – Open from July 16 – December 31 in efforts to protect the endangered Silver Spotted Butterfly, the upper trail is much easier than the lower. This trail can be accessed by taking Forest Service Road 1861 west from Hwy 101 to the trailhead. From the trailhead it is a fairly level one mile hike to the upper viewpoint.
The lower and upper trails do connect, and make for about a six mile out and back adventure.
Open from July 16 – December 31, at approximately five miles round-trip, this trail can be found on Forest Service Road 1861, further west from the Upper Nature Conservancy Trail. With difficult terrain and elevation changes, over bridges and through Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock, this trail is not for novices. The secluded views of Hart’s Cove are beautiful, and you’ll often see seals, sea lions and sometimes whales at play in the waters below.
Cascade Head Inland Trail
Open all year and less crowded than the other trails at Cascade Head, this inland trail can be accessed from either the north or south trailheads. The south trailhead can be found just off of Hwy 101 on Three Rocks Road and the north trailhead is found directly off of Hwy 101 about one mile south of Neskowin. At 6 miles one way, this trail has a forested backdrop and does not feature any view points. It is rated moderately difficult.
Drift Creek Falls
This moderate three mile out and back trail features a 240′ suspension bridge and a stunning 75′ waterfall as its payoff. Access from south of Lincoln City by following the signage and Drift Creek Road just off of Hwy 101 for two miles, turn left on Forest Road 17 and proceed approximately 10 miles to the trailhead. North of Lincoln City from Hwy 18 take Bear Creek Road for three miles, which becomes Forest Service Road 17, and continue an additional seven miles to the trailhead. Drift Creek Falls is a day use fee area, open year round and has a paved parking area with restrooms.
This meadowed hill on the north end of Lincoln City is affectionately known as the “The Knoll”. A moderately difficult uphill hike, visitors who climb to the top are rewarded with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and southern coastline. To get there, turn north on to NE Devils Lake Blvd from Hwy 101. Follow the road past a gate until you reach a cul-de-sac. Park on the street, and the trail to access the Knoll is just beyond the road. The trail is a half mile long through forested areas and fields.
Other Short Lincoln City Hikes
Spring Lake Trail
Just a short distance from Regtta Grounds, on NE 14th Street, this 2.5 mile moderate trail wanders through a wooded are surrounding Spring Lake and is open year round.
Friends of the Wildwood Trail
A one mile trail over moderate natural terrain, this trail in a favorite of local residents and covers woodlands and streams. Access from West Devils Lake Road, just north of NE 22nd Street at milepost 2.
Regatta Grounds Park
Located off of NE 14th Street, the nature trail starts at the north end of the park and is 1/2 mile long through old growth forest. You’ll find a 400 year old grandfather Sitka Spruce, which is more than 200′ tall.
Cutler City Nature Tail
From Hwy 101, turn west on to SW 63rd Street and follow one block to the trailhead. This easy trail is one mile long through woodland area.
Carve this Open Space on over 2 miles of trail through Western hemlock and Sitka Spruce and open forest lands. Nesting birds, deer, and other wildlife make their homes among the towering trees.
Alder Island Nature Trail
This short, half mile loop winds through forests, marshlands, and snakes along the Siletz River. The trail takes you through the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge, over 500 acres of unspoiled nature where the river and ocean collide. Spot egrets, herons and marsh birds in between the tall alder trees. The trail is a flat, easy hike that is accessible year-round. The trailhead can be accessed directly off of Highway 101, just 5 miles south of Lincoln City. Drive past the Siletz River bridge and turn east onto Millport Slough Lane.