Hike Crescent Beach Trail in Oregon at Ecola State Park

Crescent Beach Oregon
Incredible image courtesy of Michael Matti / Flickr

If one thing is for certain, the Oregon Coast does not lack beautiful places to explore. Nestled between Ecola Point and Chapman Point, you will find a secluded paradise known as Crescent Beach. If the nearby Cannon Beach is too packed for your liking, you will definitely want to check out this trail.

BEFORE YOU GO: Due to a sinkhole and landslide, as of Fall 2021 this state park has been closed. While the trails are still open at Ecola State Park, you will have to walk in from Cannon Beach.

Crescent Beach Trail to a Secluded Beach

The moderate, round trip hike is around 2 and a half miles and is well worth the trip in. The hike begins at the Ecola State Park Picnic Area and is about 1.25 miles to the beach.

Cannon Beach Trail
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While we feel you won't need to leave children behind for this one, it may not be as suitable for the really little ones as there are some steep sections and sheer drop-offs. You might want to also come with proper shoes, as the trail is known to be a bit muddy in spots. During the hike, expect to hop over a few roots as you venture through the gorgeous forest.

crescent beach
flickr/ Brandon Rasmussen

Just as you think the trail is taking you away from the ocean, you will come to a clearing and a trail leading down. Shortly after you will arrive at a sign pointing to Cannon Beach, Crescent Beach, and Ecola Point.

When arriving at this secluded beach, you will be dazzled by gorgeous scenery and breathtaking views. You will absolutely want to enjoy your visit exploring all the beautiful features in the area. At low tide, you can easily discover tide pools filled with gorgeous colorful starfish, barnacles, anemone, and other sea creatures.

Cannon Beach Coral
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How to get here: You will find Ecola State Park on the north side of Cannon Beach, which is accessed by a two-mile curvy, paved road through a coastal forest to parking lots at Ecola Point and Indian Beach. You can park at Ecola Point and follow trail signs to Crescent Beach.

flickr/ Brandon Rasmussen

Best Time to Visit Crescent Beach Trail

As you will be hiking through a wet & dense forest on the Oregon Coast, make sure and check the weather. Your best best is to head out on a clear, sunny day. Also, try and visit at low tide.  Hit the link here to save or screenshot Cannon Beach’s tide charts when you decide to visit!

Have you had a chance to hike to this gorgeous spot already? Please share with us your experience in the comments, we'd love to hear from you! You can also tweet us @thatoregonlife with hashtag #ThatOregonLife.