THE TILLAMOOK HEAD HIKING TRAIL GUIDE
As part of our series on “Things to do in Cannon Beach and Seaside” we are pleased to share this in-depth guide to hiking the Tillamook Head Trail.While relatively short, this beautiful hike is one of our favorites and offers scenic views that are impossible to beat. This video shows you what you can expect on the hike, what you need to know to be prepared for the hike and shows a sample of the incredible scenery you’ll see along the way. If you don’t have time to watch the whole video, here is a brief summary.
What you can expect on the Tillamook Head Trail
- A beautiful journey through a coastal rain forest
- Groves of incredible old growth trees
- A perfect picnic/campsite
- World War II era military bunkers
- Spectacular sunsets behind the Tillamook Head lighthouse, one of the most picturesque lighthouses in the world
What you need to know to hike the Tillamook Head Trail
- When you reach the first sign on the trail, turn left to cross the bridge. This will take you on the path bordering the ocean.
- The trail is steep and at times runs along sharp drop offs, most of which are fenced for your protection.
- The trail is a strenuous 1.5 miles one way and gains over 1,000 feet of elevation. The trail is probably not suitable for children under the age of 8. You should bring a camera, snacks and plenty of water as there are not fill up stations along the way.
- Early morning, evening and weekdays are the best times to avoid seeing others on the trail. As long as it’s not foggy, winter is one of the best times to do the hike.
- There are three Adirondacks, tent sites, an outhouse, a fire pit, and a covered picnic area at the Hikers’ Camp. The Adirondacks, tent sites and picnic area are available on a first come basis. Firewood is available for purchase at the site.
- The trail starts at the Indian Beach parking lot in Ecola State Park. You are not allowed to park in the Park overnight. If you intend to camp, you will need to park in Cannon Beach and hike in or have someone drop you off.
- For an even more isolated trip, continue on from Tillamook Head to Seaside (4 additional miles) or start your hike in Seaside. You’ll travel through more old growth forest and see more incredible views of the ocean.