If you are in the mood to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air and exercise, here are some great hiking options in the Central Oregon Coast area:
1. Cascade Head (South Trailhead)
Length: 6 miles
Directions: From Lincoln City, travel north on Hwy 101. Just north of the Salmon River, turn west on Three Rocks Road. After 2 miles, take the left fork and park in Knight Park. The trailhead is across the street. The trail crosses through private and US Forest Service property and over a narrow winding road. Please use caution and respect private property.
2. Cascade Head (North Trailhead)
Length : 5.75 miles
Directions: From Lincoln City, travel north on Hwy 101. About 2.4 miles north of they Salmon River, turn left on Cascade Head Road (USFS Road 1861.) Continue 4 miles, bearing left when the road forks. The upper trailhead is marked by a small parking lot sign. At the upper viewpoint, the trail drops steeply to connect with the lower trail.
3. Hart’s Cove
Length: 2.7 miles
Season: July 15 to December 31
This trail traverses steep hillsides to a grassy meadows that overlooks the Pacific Ocean
Directions: From Lincoln City, travel north on Hwy 101. After the junction of Hwy 101 and Hwy 18, travel north 3.3 miles to Forest Service Road 1861, west of Hwy 101. The trailhead is located at the end of the road, approximately 4 miles.
4. Drift Creek Falls
Length: 1.5 miles
This trail has a unique feature of a 240 foot suspension bridge that overviews a 75 foot free flowing waterfall with a birds eye view of the surrounding tree canopies.
Directions: From Lincoln City, travel south on Hwy 101. Off Hwy 101 south of Lincoln City, north of Salishan, travel east on Drift Creek Road, right on South Drift Creek Road 1/4 mile. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 17. Stay on Forest Service Road 17 to trailhead, approximately 10 miles.