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Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
1,100.00 ft (335.28 m)
Trail type
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
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At 1,680 feet, Neahkahnie Mountain is one of the highest points on the west coast of the United States. From its location in Oswald West State Park, Neahkahnie offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Tillamook Native Americans considered the mountain to be supremely significant: “Ne” translates as “place of,” and “Ekahnie” as “supreme deity.” Urban legend maintains that the mountain is home to treasures left by Spanish explorers, but not much has come of this in modern times. Legends aside, the hike up to the exposed summit of Neahkahnie Mountain is absolutely incredible, particularly on clear days. Spectacular wildflowers line the trail at the beginning and the end, while the middle section is characterized by gradual switchbacks through a dense Sitka spruce forest. If the 1,100-foot elevation gain is too intimidating, there is also an easier and more frequented eastern approach.  View our map for details.

Once you've returned to the trailhead, you can hike further north on the Oregon Coast Trail to the Devil’s Cauldron viewpoint, then down to Short Sand Beach for a refreshing swim before continuing to Cape Falcon.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Highest point along coast. Panoramic views.


Peak summer crowds.

Trailhead Elevation

460.00 ft (140.21 m)


Big vistas

Typically multi-day




At the end of the trail and coming from the north, it looks like you have to scale the rock face (a bit steep) to get to the summit but there is a trail on the backside that gets you up to the top. This is a beautiful hike!!! Be sure to wear shoes you don't mind getting muddy, if in the rainy season.
This hike is even worth doing on a rainy day. The fog in these old growth giants gives the whole area quite an eerie feeling.
Absolutely stunning day. The trail was not crowded at all (surprisingly) and we had lots of bird company, singing and chattering along with us. The vegetation was very dry; I think everything is ready for a good rain.

Overall, it was a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon while taking advantage of this late summer temps.
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