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Exploregon: Let’s Go Coastin’

Exploregon: Let’s Go Coastin’

Our top three hikes perfect for a beach day at the Oregon Coast!

Exploregon: Let’s Go Coastin’

Though living in the Pacific Northwest has taught us to take the weather with a grain of sand, the sun hasn’t finished shining on the sandy beaches quite yet. Now that we have explored Mt. Hood, what do you say about moving in the opposite direction and head out west toward the beautiful Oregon coast?

Hug Point Hike

Type: Out and Back

Distance: 0.5 miles

Elevation gain: 20 ft.

Open: All seasons, as long as there is a low tide

Hug Point is a short and sweet hike located just south of Cannon Beach, OR, making it the perfect destination for a day trip to the beach. This little hidden oasis was discovered many years ago when it was used as an old wagon road. Before heading out, make sure to check that it is low tide or else you won’t be able to access the trail. During low tide, the area transforms and reveals caves to explore, tide pools with sea anemones and breathtaking scenery. Though it is a relatively easy hike, we recommend wearing shoes with traction and, if you feel the need, bring trekking poles as the rocks in the area are slippery when wet.

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University Falls Hike

Type: Out and Back

Distance: 0.7 miles

Elevation gain: 180 Ft.

Open: All seasons

University Falls Hike is located just before reaching the coast, but it is still worth mentioning. Known as one of the “premier hiking destination(s) in the Rogers Camp area” and located in the Tillamook State Forest, this hike leads you past towering red alders that shade the trail to the falls. Best during the rainy season, the falls cascade over the face of the basalt rock into a small reservoir, found at the end of the trail. Along the way you will have the option to take a longer route, where two trails collide, that will both increase the elevation and distance of your hike. Therefore, we recommend the shorter route leading to the falls until you feel ready in your pain management journey to take on a longer distance and higher elevation. This is a family friendly hike and is not usually too crowded, making it great for a family outing, offering the best seat in the house for a lunch break by the falls.

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Crescent Beach Hike

Type: In and Out

Distance: 3.6 miles

Elevation gain: 310 ft.

Open: All Seasons

Crescent Beach Hike begins at the Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, OR and leads to Crescent Beach, secluded between Ecola Point and Chapman point. This stunning hike offers views of Haystack rock, overgrowth forest, caves to explore and tide pools with sea anemones. Crescent beach is both longer in distance and elevation than the hikes we have previously discussed. With that being said, we recommended to work up to this hike as there are a few steep declines to get to the beach and exposed root along the way. Though it may be a little more difficult to get to the beach, the final destination makes the challenge worth your while. Once on the beach you are surround by the sound of crashing waves, warm sand where you can stretch and relax before making the trek back up to the parking lot.

Photo by Lindsay Hatch

 

**This is the third installment of our Exploregon blog mini-series about conquering your chronic pain, to read the introduction, click here**

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