Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
900.00 ft (274.32 m)
Trail type
5.40 mi (8.69 km)
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Located on Cascade Head, Hart's Cove is the lesser known of the two great hikes along the headland’s bluffs (the Cascade Head hike tends to be more popular).  The headland is named for the numerous creeks that dramatically spill into the Pacific Ocean. The switchback trail down to Hart's Cove is the only path that will provide a view of one of the headland's numerous waterfalls. Descending nearly 900 feet, the trail to Chitwood Creek Falls travels through one of Oregon’s classic old-growth coastal forests of giant Sitka spruce. After cutting across several creek valleys the trail finally opens up into a wild meadow full of flowers, including pearly everlasting, common yarrow and cow parsnip.  The meadow is perfect for a day picnic, laying out a blanket and reading a book or simply catching a summer sunset.

Note: The Hart's Cove Trail is closed seasonally from January 1 through July 15 to protect threatened species. Also, Chitwood Creek Falls slows to a dribble in late summer, so visit earlier in the year or in late fall/winter to see the cascade in all its glory.

Hart's Cove is part of the Cascade Head Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Areas. This means that there are specific prohibitions against fishing and the harvesting of fish, invertebrates, and seaweed. Check here for specific clarifications on regulations, exemptions, and a detailed representation of the area's boundaries.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Old-growth. Wildflower meadow. Panoramic vistas.


Limited views until the end of the trail.

Trailhead Elevation

1,100.00 ft (335.28 m)


Big vistas
Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day



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Thanks your feedback, Daniel! I've made the correction, and the annual trail closure is now clearly stated.
There should be a correction made in the Trip Report as I attempted to hike here today via the Knight's Park Trailhead to the South. When I made it to the closed NF Rd 1861 there was a sign saying Harts Cove trail was closed to all hikers until July 15th. So, this time of year, despite the road to the trailhead being closed, there is not access to Harts Cove.
Well worth the hike for the spectacular view at the end. This trail is not for the faint of heart. Most of the 900 foot elevation drop takes place in the switch back section in the first half mile. After that the descent is more gradual but it’s still slow going (it took me and my 10 year old almost two hours each way) as there are about a half dozen trees that are in the pathway that must by traversed. Even in the summer there are wet areas and creeks on the trail so wear boots with good grip. Bring lots of water for the hike back up. My GPS had the coordinates of the intersection of highway 101 and NF-1861 (AKA Cascade Head Road) as: N 45.06583 W123.94921.
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