Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint

Central Oregon Coast, Oregon

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Heceta Head Lighthouse


  • The parking area for Heceta Head.- Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • A broad and pebbly beach stretches out before Cape Cove.- Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • View of Parrot Rock, named for the lively sea bird culture the rock attracts.- Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • The trail to the lighthouse passes through dense coastal forest.- Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • Devil's Elbow.- Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • Heceta Head Keeper's House, now a bed and breakfast.- Heceta Head Lighthouse
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  • Heceta Head Lighthouse. - Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • Heceta Head Lighthouse.- Heceta Head Lighthouse
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  • Sunset view from above Heceta Head Lighthouse.- Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • Heceta Head Lighthouse from a viewpoint to the south.- Heceta Head Lighthouse
  • Long exposure of the light through the fog from the beach below.- Heceta Head Lighthouse
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Excellent views. Historic lighthouse. Scenic beach.
State park fee. Crowds.
Central Oregon Coast, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
144.00 ft (43.89 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
36.00 ft (10.97 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description


This state scenic viewpoint is truly one of the Oregon Coast’s best stops. From the dramatic Cape Creek Bridge at the south end to the tide pools and sea caves towards the north, the cove and beach at Devils Elbow would be worth appreciating even without the addition of one of Oregon’s most iconic structures. Built in 1894, the Heceta Head Light is still the strongest light on the Oregon Coast in spite of its humble appearance. Both the lighthouse and the keeper’s house are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the keeper’s house is run as a bed and breakfast. At the lighthouse you will find a small room with informative displays about the history of the building and the area. The lighthouse was reopened in June 2013 after two years of renovation work. Tours of the tower are given daily between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The trail up to the lighthouse is a short climb with plenty of views of the bay and surrounding headlands. These are perfect vantage points to view the cove and to search for sea lions, Brand’s cormorants and the occasional puffin. This trail is part of a network that totals 7 miles; you can also take the trail across Heceta Head to connect Hobbit Trail or try several other sections that extend into Washburne Memorial State Park. If the walk to the lighthouse is too short, consider stringing together a few legs of this longer network.

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