- 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.