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Adventures on the Oregon Coast (Near Tillamook)

In a few weeks, my wife and I will be making our annual trip to see family near Portland, OR. We lived there for a time, so we know the area somewhat well, especially the areas east and south of Portland (Columbia River Gorge and the Willamette Valley).

However, this year, we will be spending a full week at a beach house with my wife's family in Oceanside, OR which is near Tillamook. Because this is a new area to me, I'm wondering if anyone knows of trails or any other must-do adventures in the area.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I'll be sure to do a trip report if we're able to get any hiking in. 

Any knowledge of hiking near Tillamook, Oregon? I know the Tillamook State Forest is close by, but wondering if anyone has firsthand experience hiking in the area. This seems like the right kind of place to get some great coastal views from the trail. Insights would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!

All I remember from that area is that dense fog and drizzle can make it feel very cold in the mornings.  Summers are often very nice there though. Sounds like a neat trip. 

The coast is always an adventure. Recently I spent a week near Newport, OR. To me it is like living in a cloud. All of that moisture everywhere, even when the sun is out. It is a relief to get even 10 miles inland where the climate is different. It is a nice change in hot weather and an interesting place to visit at Tillamook, but really wet. Check out the cheese factory. Lots of places to hike. Take your pick.

Thanks PPine and Jeff. Although I certainly wouldn't have forgotten my rain jacket (a big no-no in the PNW no matter what season it is), being reminded that the moisture on the coast is that intense, I think I'll bring along an extra layer from warmth that I otherwise would have left home since it's summer. 

Not sure if I'll put together a more formal trip report from my wife and I's recent adventures on the Oregon Coast, but here are a few photos and quick descriptions. 

Ended up not having the time, energy nor gear to do any overnight trips, so instead we did a number of day trips, including a 5 mile hike with our 13-year-old nephew who has never been hiking. 

First was Munson Creek Falls. I've read two accounts of it being 266' and 319' tall. That's a big difference. I believe it is one of the top ten tallest waterfalls in Oregon, but it doesn't see nearly the foot traffic that the waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge get. The upper trail, which provides much more scenic views, was closed, so we opted to take the much shorter, much less scenic lower trail. 

This was a bit of a disappointment because the upper trail was inaccessible. Early spring or late winter would be a much better time to enjoy these falls.

Cape Meares Scenic Viewpoint and Wildlife Refuge was next on the list with ten members of our extended family coming along, ranging in age from 92 to 2. We checked out the lighthouse which sits on the tip of the cape, 200+ feet over the ocean. We also checked out the nearby Octopus tree (sorry, not very interesting) and also the less promoted but way more interesting, largest Sitka spruce in Oregon which is nearby. It was a typical day on the coast with lots of fog and moisture in the air, so visibility was pretty crummy.


My nephew and brother-in-law taking in the largest Sitka spruce in Oregon. 


I couldn't resist.

Cape Trail at Cape Lookout SP - 5 miles - This out and back trail was along the ridge of the cape, offering many views of the ocean. Again, like most days on the Oregon coast, the weather was mostly foggy so visibility was low. The highlight of this hike was being able to take our 13-year-old nephew who had never hiked before. Although there was some initial complaining, in the end, he ended up enjoying himself and said he will hike with us again. Maybe next time I can convince himself to carry his own water. :) 

The beauty of the Pacific Northwest.


The beauty of my wife resting and contemplating mid-hike.


Hiking above the mighty ocean.

It was wet and muddy in spots, but a nice trail in all.

Lacamas Park Trails - Round Lake and Lacamas Creek - The Potholes Falls - 4.5 miles - This nice little hike was thrown together last minute but ended up being a very enjoyable hike. It's not on the coast, but rather near the city of Camas, which is just outside Vancouver, WA, which is just across the river from Portland. A mix of riverside hiking, lakeside hiking and mixed-use trails (some beautiful mountain bike trails that I would have loved to ride if I had my bike with me), as well as a fantastic swimming hole that local teenagers frequent.  

The Potholes Falls, which is a great swimming hole and all the local teens know it. Can you spot the guy that is falling through the air in this photo?


We stumbled upon a nice single-track for mountain bike riders. Too bad I was on my feet and not my pedals. 


Round Lake 

Thanks for the report, a very beautiful part of our country! 

That looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing these pictures, Kiwi.

September 22, 2020
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