Hiking the Knoll in Lincoln City, Oregon

If you’re traveling to a vacation rental this summer in either the Lincoln City or Roads End area of Oregon, be sure to check out this hiking area. The locals call it the Knoll.

View of the Knoll from Sal la Sea Drive
View of the Knoll from Sal la Sea Drive

It is a fun workout and extremely steep hike that is about a mile or so long. The rugged forest air is invigorating and you might even see some deer on your trek up. As you near the top of the Knoll, you can hear the rolling waves crashing against the Oregon coastline. The exercise and experience from this hike make it completely worth it. If you and your family are looking for something new and challenging to do while exploring the outdoors in Lincoln City and Roads End, then this hike is for you.

To find the hiking area, head up to Roads End, just past Safeway and the Chinook Winds Resort and Casino. Continue on NE Logan Road until you get to NE Sal la Sea Drive. It’s on the right side if you’re coming from Lincoln City. You’ll recognize it as a dirt road. Drive down slowly; people live down this way, and it is a one lane road. When you get to a fork in the road with a closed gate on the right side, park in that area.

Park here and then head left up the hill.
Park here and then head left up the hill.

Start hiking from here.

And so our hike begins.
And so our hike begins.

Various people live up on this hill and parking is limited. Once you start heading up, it’s all rights from here on out, except when you make it to the top.

Which way, which way? Head right when you get here.
Which way, which way? Head right when you get here.
Another fork?! Head right again.
Another fork?! Head right again.
Here's where the hike really begins.
Here’s where the hike really begins.

There is a foot path to the right of the gate for access.

The beaten path on the right leads the way to the Knoll.
The beaten path on the right leads the way to the Knoll.

It’s about half a mile from here to the top.

The sunlight filtering through the trees.
The sunlight filtering through the trees.
This tree looks like a hand!
This tree looks like a hand!
Luscious foliage and more trees than you can count!
Luscious foliage and more trees than you can count!
You're just about there!
You’re just about there!

Here you’ll want to make a left out into the clearing. The hill is quite overgrown now that we are approaching summer. Watch your step, as animal droppings are quite prevalent when you get to the clearing. The path is defined by beaten down grass, but it’s wise to go single file.

Walking through the clearing.
Walking through the clearing.
You made it! The amazing view from the Knoll of beautiful Roads End below.
You made it! The amazing view from the Knoll of beautiful Roads End below.

Once you get to the view overlooking Roads End, watch your step. A fall from this height could really hurt. Most of all, enjoy yourself! This hike is well worth it when you see the view of Roads End, the Pacific Ocean, and the beautiful Oregon coastline. From this vantage point, you can see the northern part of Devil’s Lake, parts of Neotsu and Otis, Roads End State Park down by the beach, the Chinook Winds Casino and Resort, and lots of beach front vacation rentals.

Heading back after a gorgeous day.
Heading back after a gorgeous day.

On the way back, you’ll want to go right to start heading back down, and then make only lefts.

Heading back down gives you this beautiful view.
Heading back down gives you this beautiful view.

Make sure to bring a water bottle and possibly a small snack with you on this hike. A camera or your phone is also a must, as the view from the top is beautiful. Come up here in the middle of the day or plan it so you catch the sunset. Be safe, courteous, and most importantly, have a great time as you explore Lincoln City on your next vacation down to the Oregon coast!

The sunset after leaving the Knoll.
The sunset after leaving the Knoll.

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