|Hike Name:||Crescent Beach Trail|
|Nearby Town:||Cannon Beach, OR|
|Directions:||Head off the 101 to Ecola State Park and drive to the large main car area. From here the trailhead is located just above the restroom facility and is well signed, you can't miss the huge placard.|
|Total Hike Distance:||2.10 miles|
|Hike Difficulty:||Easy to Moderate|
|Hike Type:||In & Out, Backtrack Hike|
|Hike Starts/Ends:||Trail Head|
|Trails Used:||Crescent Beach Trail|
|Backcountry Water Sources:||None|
|Management:||National Park Service|
|Contact Information:||Crescent Beach Trail|
|Best Season:||Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall|
|Road Conditions:||Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads|
|Hike Summary:||Amazing views to a quiet and beautiful beach spot. Steep dissent right before you hit the beach, lots of switchbacks but worth it for the privacy of the beach. Quiet compared to Indian Beach just to the north.
It also tends to be less busy than surrounding areas at the coast, so if you are wanting to escape the crowds and enjoy the views try Crescent Beach Trail. Here is the hike in more detail:
The Crescent Beach Trail begins climbing steeply behind a hill and toward the park access road. The path joins the road for a short while before descending slightly to the edge of a ridge, and you'll get frequent views of the beach and ocean some 200 feet below. The route heads inland, following the contour around a drainage before dropping steeply to the beach. From here, a wide open, relatively uncrowded beach stretches for a quarter-mile in each direction, offering many options for exploration or a private area to relax on the sand.
The hike is short and fairly easy; however, be prepared for somewhat rough trail conditions in spots, including muddy sections and some steep sections toward the end.