Hike Neahkahnie Mountain via South Trailhead



5 miles

Elevation Gain

730 ft

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Added by Kayci Miles

Driving through the Oregon Coast and looking for a 1/2 day hike with phenomenal views of the highway 101 and Pacific Ocean? This is the one! I conquered this hike alone, so can you!

You have a couple different options on how to access this hike (North and South trailhead) also if you would like to hike the loop trail or out-and-back option. Driving directions for this hike isn't to difficult, heading south on highway 101 drive 16.6 miles past the exists for Cannon Beach and Oswald West State Park parking areas and turn left up road 38555. Drive about 0.05 miles a gravel road for the parking area and the South trailhead. The option I chose was the out-and-back route for this hike. 

Entering the trail it instantly starts to climb and you will shortly have views of the pacific before you start hitting the switchbacks up the mountain. Towards the top of the mountain I hit snow and I hiked this trail in February. Once you reach the top there is a extremely rocky area, so be careful! You have the choice to walk around the front of the tip for views or you can take the steep path up to the peak ( I was on all fours climbing to the peak) of Neahkahnie Mountain. This peak is one of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen! 

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Stunning coastal view

I did the south trailhead portion of this hike. It’s not easy but not super difficult, there are some rocky areas you have to climb to reach the summit & the hike is all uphill from the get go. It’s absolutely worth it for the view. I would be hesitant to do this during the weekend summer months just because of how packed it would be at the top.

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