Hiking Cascade Head – Otis, Oregon

The top of Cascade Head overlooking Otis, Oregon. You can even see Lincoln City from here.
The top of Cascade Head overlooking Otis, Oregon. You can even see Lincoln City from here.

If you’re staying at one of our Oregon beach vacation homes this summer and looking for a tough but beautiful hike to go on, why not check out Cascade Head in Otis! Just 25 minutes north of Lincoln City, this beautiful hike takes you through thick forest on a well marked path until you finally reach Cascade Head, a beautiful hilltop covered with long grasses and colorful flowers with views for miles in every direction.

Flowers and tall grass on Cascade Head
Flowers and tall grass on Cascade Head

You’re going to want to bring a water bottle with you for this hike and possibly a light snack too. Don’t forget your camera to take plenty of photos and videos of your long trek through the woods and to record the impressive views from the top of Cascade Head!

When you reach the very top of Cascade Head, pull out your phone to check your elevation! You're 1370 feet up!
When you reach the very top of Cascade Head, pull out your phone to check your elevation! You’re 1370 feet up!
Make sure to follow the rules when hiking up to Cascade Head
Make sure to follow the rules when hiking up to Cascade Head

Dogs and horses are not allowed on this hike, as the park is trying to preserve nature as best they can in this part of the woods. No bikes are allowed on the trail either, but biking would be difficult to do anyway, as there are many stairs and tree roots to navigate through on a narrow path.

You'll encounter some steep steps on your hike up to Cascade Head
You’ll encounter some steep steps on your hike up to Cascade Head
Just one of the seven bridges you'll need to cross to get to Cascade Head
Just one of several bridges you’ll need to cross to get to Cascade Head
Roots on the trail to Cascade Head
Roots on the trail to Cascade Head

There are also bridges you must cross on this particular trail. Small children are not recommended to accompany you on this hike unless they can be carried on your back as it is very steep and difficult.

Elk off of N Three Rocks Road
Elk off of N Three Rocks Road

There are several routes you can take to get to Cascade Head. One of these routes can be found via N Three Rocks Road off of Hwy 101. Continue traveling down this road until you get to a fork in the road. Turn left here and park in Knight Park. Stay off of private property. Please note that fishing and hunting are also not legal back here.

Make sure to stay on the path!
Make sure to stay on the path!
Rocks in the Pacific
Rocks in the Pacific
Cliff side with amazing views
Cliff side with amazing views
Beautiful scenery from Cascade Head
Beautiful scenery from Cascade Head

From the beach, hike back up the road until you reach this sign.

Start your hike here!
Start your hike here!

You can begin your hike from here. There are also more hiking entrances, but they are not in this area.

Follow the signs to stay on the trail.
Follow the signs to stay on the trail.
When you get here, keep heading straight.
When you get here, keep heading straight.
Sign on the trail to Cascade Head
Sign on the trail to Cascade Head
You're almost there!
You’re almost there!
View from Cascade Head
View from Cascade Head

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Rocky beach near Cascade Head
Rocky beach near Cascade Head

The beach where you parked is extremely rocky and not very suitable for playing on, but if you can get across the water to the sand bar, then you could potentially play in the sand. Canoeing and kayaking are fun activities to do at this beach. Please note that you cannot reach Cascade Head from the beach area. The cliff side is very steep, even if it does not appear to be so from far away, and the rocks are covered in seaweed and dangerous to climb on.

Beach near Cascade Head
Beach near Cascade Head

Enjoy your hike up to Cascade Head while relaxing in one of our beautiful Oregon vacation rentals on your next visit down to the coast! For more beautiful photos of Cascade Head, check out our other blog post, Panoramas – Oregon Coast!

Beach below Cascade Head
Beach below Cascade Head
Sunset near Cascade Head
Sunset near Cascade Head

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