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Historic Coast Mountain Hike - Seaside Oregon

Take in the beauty of Tillamook Head and follow a famous trail used by the Lewis & Clark Expedition

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.3 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Park at the entrance to the Elmer Feldenheimer Forest Reserve at the Tillamook Head trail head. The trail is obvious in most places.... more »

Tips:  Wear sturdy footwear. Some parts of the trail can be muddy for most of the year. Take adequate clothing for rain and wind as well as... more »

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Points of Interest

Seaside’s favorite spot to watch waves, surfers, whales, and birds, as well as explore tide pools and fish from the rocks, The Cove is both fascinating and scenic. Remember to keep your eye on the surf and beware of unexpected waves. Avoid logs in or near the water as they can be deadly!

Three sailors are buried at a small grave at the east end ... More

2. Start Of The Tillamook Head Trail

Captain Clark, Sacajawea and a small group of men from the Lewis and Clark expedition crossed this formidable headland in 1806 to buy the blubber of a stranded whale from Indians at Cannon Beach.

At a viewpoint along the way Clark marveled, "I behold the grandest and most pleasing prospect which my eyes ever surveyed."

3. The Forest

Tillamook Head is a tilted remnant of a massive, 15-million-year-old Columbia River basalt flow. Incredibly, the lava welled up near Idaho, flooded down the Columbia Gorge, and spread along the seashore to this point.

Forest residents are varied thrush and spotted towhee. Birders will also glimpse nesting Wilson's and hermit warbler. The trail... More

4. Tillamook Head Peak

Formerly Ecola State Park, this park trail passes over Tillamook Head and through towering stands of temperate rain forest between Seaside and Cannon Beach. Trees more than 12 ft in diameter are common, and wild-flowers, birds, and elk are abundant.

The trail to Cannon Beach is more than 6 miles long each way. It gains more than 800 ft in... More