The hike to the end of Cape Falcon is a 2.4 mile trail that winds first through Oregon old growth forest before popping out to meadows full of salal edged by sheer cliff faces. Traipse along the path cut into the salal to one of various viewpoints looking at the ocean that runs into the horizon. Keep an eye out for whale spouts in the distance! This trail can be very muddy in fall, winter and spring. We highly recommend adding it to your summer hiking list!
To find this trail, start at the Cape Falcon Trailhead. A half mile in there is a junction that will take you down to Short Sand Beach and Smugglers Cove, a detour we highly recommend if you have the time! Wander the tidepools at the base of a waterfall in the cove or take a few minutes to watch surfers performing in the waves. When you're ready, head back up the trail to the junction and go left on the trail toward Cape Falcon.
The trail will meander through the woods and along a couple of streams. In the rainy season, the beginning of the path can feel like a stream itself! The trail becomes a series of switchbacks before bursting into a couple of meadows filled with salal that is oftentimes as tall as a grown adult. At an obvious but unsigned junction, turn left. Brave your way through the cut path before entering the top of Cape Falcon. To your left, you can climb a bit down the hill to sit and enjoy a view south onto Short Sands Beach and beyond. Then climb back up, find the path to the west that will take you to the very edge of the rock where you can enjoy a birds-eye view of the ocean.