Oregon Coast’s Best Views

Hike a short trail past Dead Man’s Cove to the black-and-white striped lighthouse in Washington’s Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco and let yourself be mesmerized by the sight of the Columbia River meeting the Pacific Ocean.

The amazing view from the steep trail to the top of Neahkahnie Mountain offers a view of the Nahalem River estuary and Manzanita. On a side note, Highway 101 generally offers numerous outstanding views of the coast ans it passes through the coastal range and over the shoulders of coastal terrain. You may have to park the car every now and then and walk a few steps out over to the rock retaining wall, but it is usually worth it.

Cascade Head (between Tillamook and Lincoln City) doesn’t offer a drive-up-to-the-top option, but it’s still a great view if you’re up for a hike. The lower Nature Conservancy Trail is a moderate 4.2-mile hike, gaining 1200 feet of elevation. The upper trail to Cascade Head is an easy 1-mile hike that gains 160 feet, and the trip to Harts Cove is a moderate 5.4-mile hike that loses 900 feet of elevation. If you’re taking the Nature Conservancy Trail to the headland meadows from the lower trailhead, drive Highway 101 north 1 mile from the interchange where highways 101 and 18 join (just north of Lincoln City). Then turn left on Three Rocks Road for 2.2 miles and turn left to the parking lot of the Savage Park boat ramp.

Source: http://web.oregon.com/hiking/cascade_head.cfm

Cape Perpetua(four miles south of Yachats) is another place where you can hike or drive to the best view, which sits atop the cape. In this case it is from the old Civilian Conservation Corps shelter. The Suislaw National Forest scenic area around the cape has several tide pools, spouting horns and ginormous trees.

Source: Oregonian 07/06/12, pg.19

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