Pacific City hikes are not to be taken lightly. From breathtaking vistas to meandering creeks and forests, these trails will make you feel like you’ve been transported to another world. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or an all-day adventure, Pacific City has plenty of options that are sure to take your breath away – and maybe even give you a few good stories to tell.
Our 7 Favorite Hiking Trails Near Pacific City
1. Sitka Sedge Park
The newest park in Oregon is an easy trail that takes you through a stunning forest and along the Sandlake Estuary. The parking lot is only a few miles north of Cape Kiwanda on Cape Kiwanda Drive (which is also known as Sandlake Road).
On this trail, you’ll be able to observe some of the most diverse and abundant wildlife in the area. Birds are plentiful and include Bald eagles, Osprey, Great blue herons, and Red-tailed hawks. The Sitka Sedge State Natural Area is considered a bird hotspot. You also may spot wildlife such as elk, deer, and black-tailed deer while trekking this trail.
2. Cape Lookout State Park
Located about 20 miles north of Pacific City on Three Capes Scenic Loop, this is a 7-mile out-and-back trail that takes you through beautiful forest and ultimately out to an ocean viewpoint. The views from Cape Lookout are spectacular, and the trail is relatively easy with some sections of the beach that can get a bit rocky. There are benches, picnic areas, and restrooms available in the area. Look out for some of Oregon’s incredible sea life such as whales, seals, porpoises, and more. So don’t forget to bring your binoculars! Head out on this trail, take in the beautiful coastal views and explore!
3. Cascade Head
Located approximately 17 miles south of Pacific City in Oregon, Cascade Head is a headland that covers about 270 acres. It was declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1976 and is home to many plants and animals. The 6-mile Cascade Head Trail can get crowded at times, but offers stunning views.
4. Munson Creek Falls Trail
Tucked away near Hwy. 101 on the road to Tillamook, Munson Creek Falls is a 319-foot tall multi-tiered waterfall. This short 0.5 mile hike through an old-growth forest is well worth it for the breathtaking views at the top, 100 feet above where you started. Munson Creek Falls is a must-see for any Oregon nature lover.
5. Whalen Island
Around 5 miles north of Cape Kiwanda, you’ll find the Clay Myers State Natural Area. The easy 1.5-mile loop traverses through grassy areas, a forest, dunes, beaches, and mudflats. Whalen Island, the second-largest island in Oregon, is part of this beautiful park and home to many birds, animals, and plants. Make sure you bring your binoculars to spot the many species that call this area their home!
6. Netarts Spit Hike
The 19-mile drive from Cape Kiwanda to Sandlake Road and then finally to Cape Lookout will take you to Netarts Spit. This spit is 5 miles long, narrow, made up of sand and vegetation, and forms Netarts Bay. The moderate hike is best done during low tide; however, there is a small fee for day use.
7. Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
The 1.0-mile loop near Cloverdale, Oregon is great for a hike or walk year-round—just be sure to bring a dog leash if you’re bringing Fido along! An average person can complete the moderately difficult route in 29 minutes, but it’s also popular among those who want to take their time and enjoy nature.
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Enjoy your stay and happy trails!