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.

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

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