Finally, I went on a hike without a waterfall! I actually found Cape Falcon by googling “hikes near Cannon Beach” and choosing a moderately difficult one. It was my dog Kiki’s first time at the ocean and her first real hike with me so I didn’t want to start her out on something too difficult.
About a mile in to the trail is a fork in which the left path goes down to the campground and a beach. The right path continues for another mile and a half to Cape Falcon. On the way up I decided to head to the Cape first and catch the beach on the way back. I saw a group of about 20 people on a mushroom picking guided hike, which was pretty cool. I don’t think I would trust myself to identify which mushrooms are safe to eat, but I think it would be fun to pick mushrooms on a hike!
It is about 2.5 miles to Cape Falcon and maybe 500 feet elevation gain, but starts to get EXTREMELY muddy halfway through. Most of the trail is exposed tree roots with mud puddles in between, which would be fine if I had worn waterproof shoes (I just wore my Nikes), but for a 7 pound Maltese, each tree root was an obstacle for her to jump over. She also hates getting her paws wet or muddy (I know she’s a spoiled princess) so we went pretty slow for most of the trail.
Cape Falcon has great views of Neahkahnie Mountain and the Pacific Ocean waves crashing against the cliffs. You can sit and have a snack and walk around to get different ocean views in all directions.
On the way back down, I decided to take the route to beach access because Kiki had never seen the beach before. It is a little over a quarter mile to the beach from the sign on the trail. It was not a crowded beach because I don’t think many people know about it. There is also a campground right by the beach that I’d love to stay at one day. I have never been beach camping but it sounds lovely to sleep listening to the ocean. I did not spend much time at the beach because it turns out my silly dog hates water and would not even walk in the wet sand…
- ~5 miles round trip, ~1000 feet elevation gain total
- Beach access
- Good parking, no pass needed
- Not too crowded
- Quiet, lesser known beach
- Beautiful rainforest-like scenery with views of the ocean
- Extremely muddy, uneven trail