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Crescent Beach Trail

Ecola State Park

Northern Oregon Coast, Oregon

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  • Coastal forest on the cliff in Ecola State Park.- Crescent Beach Trail
  • Crescent Beach.- Crescent Beach Trail
  • A Pacific glimpse from the trail to Crescent Beach.- Crescent Beach Trail
  • Crescent Beach Trail.- Crescent Beach Trail
  • Crescent Beach.- Crescent Beach Trail
  • Crescent Beach from above.- Crescent Beach Trail
  • Ecola Point Picnic Area.- Crescent Beach Trail
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Pros: 
Great views. Not crowded. Nice walk. Secluded beach.
Cons: 
Muddy trail.
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Region:
Northern Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
222.00 ft (67.67 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
222.00 ft (67.67 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Crescent Beach, accessed by Crescent Beach Trail, is a less crowded alternative to Ecola State Park's popular Indian Beach. Proximity to Cannon Beach and Portland via Highway 26 makes this a very convenient coastal access point. The Crescent Beach Trail starts at the east end of the Ecola Point Picnic Area, near the public restrooms. For those not desiring a hike, the Ecola Point Lookout is also a nice spot, with picnic tables on a grassy bluff overlooking the Pacific, and there are several well-developed, short trails to different lookout points. There is also a 1.5-mile trail to Indian Beach that starts at the northwest corner of the parking area. 

The Crescent Beach Trail begins climbing steeply behind a hill and toward the park access road. The path joins the road for a short while before descending slightly to the edge of a ridge, and you'll get frequent views of the beach and ocean some 200 feet below. The route heads inland, following the contour around a drainage before dropping steeply to the beach. From here, a wide open, relatively uncrowded beach stretches for a quarter-mile in each direction, offering many options for exploration or a private area to relax on the sand. 

At only 1.25 miles each way, the hike is short and fairly easy; however, be prepared for somewhat rough trail conditions in spots, including muddy sections and some steep sections toward the end. 

 

 

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