For those who like to hike, Gearhart Ocean Inn offers easy access to several coastal and mountain hikes, with varying degrees of difficulty.
Gearhart Ridge Path
See Gearhart page for details
See the Seaside page for details.
Tillamook Head Trail
This trail provides one of the best Oregon Coast hikes with gorgeous ocean views. It’s 6-miles each way, beginning at either Seaside or Indian Beach near Cannon Beach. Highest point along the trail is 1,200 feet. Allow 3-hours each way. Usually open all year and is a muddy trail most of the year! The Tillamook Head trail traverses a Cape jutting out into the sea between Seaside and Cannon Beach near Ecola State Park. A short day-trip starts at Indian Beach and is two miles one way.
Ecola Park to Indian Beach Trail
A nice 2-mile hike from the parking lot of Ecola Park, provides open views of the ocean, off-shore rocks, myriads of birds and occasional sea lions. Allow 45 minutes to an hour each way. Indian Beach is also the start of the Tillamook Head trail.
The highest peak in the Northern Coast Range. Allow 2-hours up and 1.5-hours hiking down. Hiking boots are recommended. Wild flowers abound. Usually open March to December. Travel to Saddle Mountain by taking Hwy. 26 East to milepost 10. It is a 7-mile drive from Hwy. 26 to Saddle Mountain trail. Not advised for small children. A fairly difficult hike.
Short Sands Beach
From the north, this 30-minute hike begins about twenty two miles south of Gearhart. There are three parking lots. Best to take the one on the east side of Hwy. 101. It takes hikers into a rain forest along a creek that finally empties into the ocean. Hiking in is all downhill, out is up, up, up!
Cape Falcon Trail
2 miles each way. Highest point 300 feet. Allow 90-minutes each way. Usually open all year. Travel to the Cape Falcon trail by taking Hwy. 101 south to Oswald West State Park. Park at the first parking lot on the west side of the highway. A gradual hike with ocean vistas. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy a magnificent view at the top.
(connecting to the Cape Falcon Trail) Beginning at Arch Cape on the Old Mill Road, a swinging bridge crosses Arch Cape Creek. At this point, you enter Oswald West State Park and a 5-mile stretch to Cape Falcon treats the hiker to lush coastal rain forest.
Neah-ka-nie Mountain Trail
The views are spectacular! Highly recommended. 2.5-miles to the summit. High point along the trail is 1,631 feet. Allow 90-minutes for each way. Usually open all year. From Gearhart, travel 20-miles south on by Hwy. 101. After the Arch Cape highways signs & tunnel, look for the brown hiker-symbol sign opposite the Neah-Kah-Nie subdivision, between mileposts 41 and 42. Turn east on a gravel road 0.4 mile to a wide spot with a small “Trailhead Parking” sign on the right.
Cape Lookout Trail
2.5 miles one way. High point 830 feet. Allow 90-minutes each way. Open all year. Travel to Cascade Head Trail by taking Hwy. 101 south to the Three Rock Road just north of Salmon River in Tillamook County. Stop at the Tillamook Visitors Center next to the Tillamook Cheese Factory (Tillamook Ice Cream, too!) for more information and directions. Stop at the Blue Heron French Cheese Factory for Picnic goodies for your hike.