Neahkahnie Mountain

  • Level: Easy  (Beginner Level: Challenging.)
  • Length: 3 miles
  • Elevation: 900 ft. gain
  • Type: out and back
  • Open: all year
  • Permit: n/a
  • Drive time from Portland: 1h50m
  • Google map: n/a, the trailhead that comes up on google isn’t one I did. See below.

I’ve always been infatuated with Neahkahnie’s perfect roundness, which reminds me of my other beloved, Wind Mountain. It’s a popular spot, but I went midweek on a dreary day and hardly saw anyone. Though steep, it was short enough for me to pair with another trail that day, Cape Falcon.

From the South trailhead:

The trail switchbacks steeply  for 0.9 mile to a junction, continue straight for 0.6 mile which leads to a summit meadow viewpoint. You can turn around here and head back the way you came, but I recommend climbing up the few yards to the top. Even in my current broken pain bod status, I did it with ease. There are multiple ways to get up, but for the easiest route (I tried three, trust me!), turn around just a bit to those crazy tree roots, which you will climb like a ladder to a rock wall to the top. It’s not nearly as bad ass as it sounds, but still pretty cool. Take in the view, cop a few selfies and head back the way you came.

Directions to trailhead:

Drive 101 south of seaside for twenty miles to a brown hiker symbol opposite Sunset Drive. Turn left here for 0.4 mile to the South trailhead.

South Neahkahnie Mountain trailhead
At the 0.9 mile mark. Continue forward.
The summit meadow viewpoint.
Take in the view and then turnaround climb the damn thing for an even better view!
Use the roots as footholds.
super short rock climb to the top!
Could this be anymore beautiful?



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