A protected wild stretch of the Oregon Coast with amazing views and scenery.

The trail starts at the end of Forest Service Road 1861 which is closed January 1st through July 15th for wildlife conservation.  

This trail descends about 900 feet in elevation through a Sitka Spruce-Western Hemlock rain forest. You will cross two seasonal creeks and end at a prairie headland overlooking the Pacific Ocean with stunning views. The falls you see are Chitwood Falls which cascade off the backside cliff at Hart's Cove. That's how you know you're there.  

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Long pants as the meadow can be overgrown 
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RT Distance 5 Miles
Elevation Gain 900 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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Beautiful views!

This is an amazing hike with amazing views of the Pacific, Hart's Cove and Chitwood Falls. We heard seals barking for a majority of our hike which was also very cool. The dense, old forest was also very peaceful. A few notes: 1. The directions are really weird to the trailhead. Just be sure that when the forest road splits, you stay to the left and continue to the end of the road. Our GPS showed us off course but we made it to the correct destination. 2. My Apple Watch clocked 5.9 miles from start to finish, and that didn't include how much we were walking around down at the base of the meadow. Additionally, my elevation gain was clocked in at 1,328 feet. I'm not sure if this review includes the hike from the top of the meadow to the base where you can view the cove, but my miles/elevation was way off and is usually pretty accurate. 3. The last creek crossing must be done on foot through the water, the bridge washed out at some point and you can see it a little bit further down the creek. I was in waterproof boots so I was fine but if you don't have waterproof shoes you'll just have to be really careful with how you get across the water.


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