4 of the Best Cannon Beach Hiking TrailsCannon Beach is ripe with both relaxation and adventure. For outdoor enthusiasts who prefer to spend their vacation on the go, Cannon Beach offers numerous hiking trails within minutes of town. Take advantage of the unparalleled beauty of the Oregon Coast and check out these amazing hiking trails near Cannon Beach.
#1 – Cape Falcon TrailCape Falon is a 4.8 mile out and back trail in Oswald West State Park, offering stunning views of the Oregon Coast and rated as easy. Weave through beautiful Sitka spruce trees and take in the calming sights and sounds of the forest. At the end of the trail, you’ll be met with scenic views of Neahkahnie Mountain and the town of Manzanita.
#2 – Neahkahnie Mountain Trail
The Neahkahnie Mountain Trail is a very popular trail on the Oregon Coast. Neahkahnie Mountain is one of the highest points on the West Coast and provides a slight challenge (although still family-friendly) for hikers. You’ll be greeted by wildflowers as you begin the trail and as you come to the end, the incredible panoramic views of the Pacific will be sure to leave you speechless. This 2.8 mile out and back trail is a heavily trafficked trail but provides the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of life.
#3 – Devil’s Cauldron TrailFor a quick hike with rewarding views, Devil’s Cauldron Trail is a good option. A short 0.5-mile trail, Devil’s Cauldron could be classified as more of a walk than a hike and is great for all skill levels. The viewpoint overlooks a small cove where you can see the waves crashing against the cliff walls. This trail can become overgrown and muddy at some points so proceed with caution.
#4 – Short Sands Beach Trail
The Short Sands Beach Trail in Oswald State Park begins about five miles south of Arch Cape. The trail is a 1.2-mile hike that is rated as easy and a good option for all skill levels. Pack a lunch and beach towel and enjoy the views from this secluded beach once you reach the end of the trail.
Remember to pack the appropriate clothing and footwear for your Oregon Coast adventure! While tennis shoes may be okay for some trails, hiking boots are always a great option. All trails mentioned above are dog-friendly, but pets must be leashed when/if you are within state park boundaries. If not, dogs off leash are fine, but must have strong recall skills.