Hiking – Tillamook Oregon
Rumored to be directly above the location where Oregon’s first European settlers arrived, the Neahkahnie Mountain trail has historical significance and a beautiful ocean view to boot. This 3-mile trail leads hikers across the Neahkahnie Mountain and leads up to a gorgeous beach view in the Tillamook Bay region. The trail is located 28 miles north of Tillamook on the east side of Highway 101, and is open year round.
Cape Meares Lighthouse & Wildlife Refuge
With numerous trails throughout the park to explore, the Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint has much to offer. Hikers of all skill levels will enjoy the breathtaking views and multiple historical sites located within the park, such as the Cape Meares Lighthouse, the Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge, and the Octopus Tree. The Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint can be found 10 miles west of Tillamook.
Munson Creek Falls
The trails near Munson Creek Falls are a true hiker’s delight. Surrounded by western red cedar and Sitka spruce trees, the Munson Creek State Natural Site has two trails that lead to impressive views of Oregon’s largest waterfall, Munson Creek Falls. The relatively straightforward trail at the base of the falls is around ¼ mile and showcases the 266-foot waterfall, cascading over multiple rocky tiers. The more challenging upper trail provides a slightly better view and is around 3/8 of a mile, complete with wooden walkways and a viewing platform. Munson Creek Falls is located 7 miles south of Tillamook and is accessible year round. For more information, call (800) 551-6949
Bay Ocean Spit
Once the site of an exclusive coastal resort, the Bay Ocean Spit located on Tillamook Bay has changed significantly. Originally the little known town of Bayocean was the town of big dreams and development, built on the spit between the Pacific Ocean and Tillamook Bay, but the doomed town eventually succumbed to the ocean in the 1930s. Though the houses and buildings that once existed have washed away, outdoor enthusiasts still value the land found at the Bay Ocean spit. Hikers will enjoy the 9-mile round trip jaunt along Tillamook Bay, leading to the tip of the peninsula. To find the Bay Ocean spit, take State Route 131 (Third Street westbound) and turn right just west of the Tillamook River toward Cape Meares. Take the dike road to the parking lot.
Kings Mountain Trail
This popular trail is located on Highway 6, just east of Tillamook. Offering a challenging hike with a steep incline, the King Mountain Trail is around 3 miles to the summit and rewards hikers with both mountain and coastal views. Advanced hikers will enjoy the 2776 climb to the top but should remain cautious, as the trail can be dangerous in certain areas. Though the trail is accessible year round, spring, summer, and fall are ideal times to visit. Camping is also available nearby at the Elk Creek Campground. For mountain conditions, call (503) 357-2191