Do You Know the Best Hiking Base in Oregon?

Hiking through the misty forests of Oregon may not be on your radar, but it should be. There is nothing quite as invigorating as a trip along the incredible coast of our state, especially when you explore the wide variety of trails we have! From the towering, jagged peaks of Haystack Rock and the crashing waves upon the shore, to the dramatic caves and waterfalls at Hug Point, Cannon Beach is truly one amazing hiking base in Oregon. Join us on some of Oregon’s best trails, where you’ll enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the coast’s iconic rocky shore and beautiful beaches. Follow our advice on the best places to hike and start creating your itinerary today!


Cannon Beach Is the Ultimate Hiking Base in Oregon


It’s Surrounded by Gorgeous State Parks

The dramatic coastal beauty of the Cannon Beach area is on full display, where nature takes center stage, and the worries of everyday life slip away with each crashing wave. Discover some of the best Cannon Beach hikes and all the magnificent views they have to offer!


  • Oswald West State Park is a hiker’s paradise. Picture a pristine sandy beach, miles of hiking trails, and truly breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Cape Falcon and Neahkahnie Mountain are two main points you need to see when visiting the park, so make sure you plan your hike accordingly!
  • Neahkahnie Mountain towers 1,600 feet above the shore , making it the perfect place to enjoy sweeping views up and down the Oregon Coast. Since it’s the highest point on the coast, it can get pretty windy up there. Make sure you pack a windbreaker and a beanie to protect your ears!
  • Ecola State Park is one of the most accessible places to enjoy some less strenuous winter hiking, but it’s also one of the most rewarding in terms of payoff views. Hike towards Indian Beach and Crescent Beach, two of the most popular beaches in the whole state! History buffs can also follow the route taken by Lewis and Clark during their 1806 expedition along the Tillamook Head Trail. If you’re looking for something more picturesque, then the Clatsop Loop Trail and its view of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is perfect for you.


Venture Out onto the Oregon Coast Trail

The Oregon Coast Trail offers hikers a wide variety of landscapes, ranging from sandy beaches and forest-shaded corridors to majestic headlands. Pick your favorite portions of the 382-mile long trail as your Oregon hiking base and discover the unbeatable beauty of Cannon Beach.

Tip: Much of the trail is on the beach and through state parks, but some of it might cross private properties. Most landowners will provide easements for the portions crossing their land, but remember to be respectful and follow the rules.


Breath In the Fresh Air of Cannon Beach at Arch Cape Inn

View of Heather room with bed and bottle of wine - Book Today text overlayingA hiking adventure as epic as yours deserves a perfect ending. After your outdoor exploration of these hiking bases in Oregon, come back to our lovely inn and rest both body and mind. Arch Cape Inn & Retreat is the cozy home-away-from-home you need for your getaway!

Browse our accommodations today and find the one that’s right for you! Each room is unique and offers a unique experience on the Oregon Coast. Take a look at our Tapestry Room This room features a luxurious king-size bed and soft, comfortable linens. You can enjoy a private bathroom with an oversized soaking tub as well as a stall shower. As soon as the sun goes down, slip into something comfortable and snuggle up by the fireplace with a glass of wine! Fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves and wake up the next morning feeling refreshed. Then, join us downstairs, where a mouthwatering homemade breakfast awaits!


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