This Little Beach Waterfall In Oregon Is The Perfect Easy Hike

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Guidebooks that cover the Hug Point hike

If you’re looking to escape the crowds of Cannon Beach, just head 5 miles south to Hug Point for a quick and easy hike. This serene little spot proves there is never a shortage of places to visit on the beautiful Oregon Coast. This beautiful waterfall right there on the beach is not the only thing to see, as you will find caves to explore carved out by the waves, sandstones cliffs, and colorful tide pools.

The name Hug Point has an interesting history, as stagecoaches would travel along the beach, hugging the point as they rode by. The original trail traveled by early settlers is still here to this day just north of the parking lot. Before the highway was built, the beach was the only way to travel along this stretch of coast.

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Three people and dog on the beach at Hug Point. Photo taken by H.F. Bartels 1907.
This was apparently used as a road in olden days (cfm / oregonhikers)
This was apparently used as a road in olden days (cfm / oregonhikers)

The best time to see the waterfall is during the wetter seasons, as during the summer there isn’t quite as much water. Hug Point Trail is just over a mile, and located near Tolovana Park, Oregon.

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Pete / Flickr

From the parking lot, you will head north to find the waterfall on the beach. The lovely sandy cove beach just off the park is backed by hills vegetated by salal, ferns and sitka spruce.

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This beach is flat and makes for an easy hike — perfectly fit for all ages. You will definitely want to keep a watch on the tide, as you do not want to get trapped during high tide.

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If you want to explore the surrounding area, you will find a beautiful forest on one side of the beach.

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Here is a beautiful misty morning shot from Eli Duke at Hug Point.

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Have you visited this amazing spot on the Oregon Coast? Make sure and let us know in the comments! Also, here is a great video shot here at Hug Point as well.

As always, make sure and pack out whatever you are packing in! It is always our duty to respect nature and keep these beautiful places in Oregon as clean as possible. If you are looking for another beautiful place to hike on the Oregon Coast, don’t miss this article here.

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  • hmck

    Your cutline “this was apparently used as a road” is misleading. It was a road. Dynamited into the rock to allow vehicles to get around the head at times other than extremely low tides. Construction was started in the 1880s and it remained in use until 1930s.

    • Ruthie Johnson

      He likely meant “apparently” as in he was surprised. I don’t think he was trying to be misleading, with all due respect. Then again, I have been wrong before. 🤔