Neahkahine Mountain offers an unparalleled view down the Oregon coast, looking onto the town of Manzanita, Nehalem Bay and the hills and trees and ocean beyond. The 1.5 mile hike allows hikers to get surround themselves with the silence of the Oregon forest before bursting through the trees onto the lookout point at the top of the mountain. As you hike, small peaks through the trees here and there reveal Haystack Rock at a distance.
If you are fortunate enough, the morning fog will get cut through by the sun, creating a picture-perfectsceneof tree silhouettes and sunbeams.
If you hike in the spring, you will get to enjoy the dainty wildflowers that are perched at the top of Neahkahnie.
How to find this hike: On highway 101, between mileposts 41 and 42 there is a brown hiker symbol sign across from Sunset Drive. Drive .4 miles down a gravel road to the wide parking area.
A secondary way to approach this hike is to park a shuttle car on Highway 101 and go up and over the mountain towards Devil’s Cauldron. This adds 2 miles and thick, lush forests to your hike- definitely worthwhile!
If you hike in the spring, you will enjoy the wild roses and berries that grow along parts of the path.