The North Oregon Coast is a popular destination for residents of both Oregon and Washington.  The area designated from Pacific City to Astoria has rocky coastlines, hundreds of years of history, lighthouses, and plenty of recreational opportunities.  Movies like The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop, Point Break, Free Willy, Short Circuit, and Twilight were filmed here.  Several beaches offer great walks, clam digging, surfing, and whale watching. The rivers and inlets are favorite spots for fishing and kayaking.  The smalls towns offer plenty of culture with their world-class restaurants, microbreweries, antique shops, museums, and landmarks.  Visit the Oregon Coast website for more on how to spend a vacation in the area.

 

Goonies Rock and Indian Beach, where the movie The Goonies was filmed

 

The marine climate allows optimal trail running all year round.  The Oregon Coast Trail is connected by many trails winding on the beach, coastal forests, and some roads, including HWY 101.  Most trails are maintained by the Oregon Coast Trail Foundation, Trailkeepers of OregonNorthwest Coast Trails Coalition, and  North Coast Trail Alliance.  Storms frequently knock trees down on the trails, so it’s best to check the state park’s website before adventuring at the coast.

 

North Oregon Coast Trail Runs

Ecola State Park is located in between Cannon Beach and Seaside.  The trails pass through Indian Beach and over Tillamook Head.

Neakanie Mountain is a trail north of Manzanita.  At the top of the mountain is a spectacular view of Nehalem Bay.

Oswald West State Park offers 13 miles of trails through temperate rain forests and views of Short Sands Beach, a popular surfing spot, Cape Falcon, and Arch Cape.

 

 

Lewis and Clark National Park is a great way to mix history and trails.  In fact, it’s the end of the country’s most historical trail!  Fort Clatsop offers trails that run from the Lewis & Clark River to Sunset Beach.

Saddle Mountain is a 2.5-mile climb of 1640′ to a 3290′ scenic summit of the ocean and the coastal range.  Saddle Mountain is located about 20 miles west of Seaside.

Cape Lookout near Tillamook has more than eight miles of trails, including the Cape Trail, leading to the cape’s tip, where views on a clear day go from Depoe Bay to Seaside.

Fort Stevens in Hammond is a historic military site with nine miles of bicycle trails and 6 miles of unpaved hiking trails.  After the run, enjoy the swimming hole or a stroll on the beach next to the shell of a beached ship.

 

The North Oregon Coast trails scale through the temperate rain forests with several rocky coastal lookouts.

 

Trail Races

Ultimook 50k & 30k is a race put on by Ultimook Track Club that traverses abandoned logging roads, traveled & crafted over time by wild elk & other wildlife. It summits three coastal peaks–Stanley Peak, Top of the World #1, and Top of the World #2–and race along the Tillamook Ridge.

 

Runners from the Ultimook race overlooking Tillamook Bay

Race to the Cape Half & Quarter Marathon by Bivouac Racing at Cape Lookout is full of hills, roots, rocks, and views.  See Cristian Jimenez’s race report from 2019.

Bivouac Racing’s other North Oregon Coast trail race is the Battle to the Pacific, which takes place at Fort Stevens.  The 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon are run on trails on lakes and beaches in the state park.

 

Cannon Beach Tide Striders on a run into the Coastal Range

 

Trail Running Groups

Cannon Beach Tide Striders has both a Facebook page and a Strava group page.  According to Cannon Beach trail runner and coach Cameron Francey, the group will start doing more runs together when the COVID pandemic allows it.

 

The coastal trails can be technical with climbing, roots, mud, and sand.

 

Coffee

Sleepy Monk is a block north of the Pelican Brewery on Hemlock Ave. (Cannon Beach’s main street.)  They sell really nice coffee and snacks; they also cater to gluten-free and vegan/plant-based diets, according to Francey.
Insomnia is a local chain with a store in Cannon Beach.  “It’s ok, but not a favorite of ours,” claims Francey.  It’s on 2nd St in Cannon Beach town center just half a block from the ocean.
Sea Level is in Tolovana and very close to the main public parking lot.  It’s nice and has excellent food, and they also cater to gluten-free and plant-based diets.

 

Microbreweries

Pelican Brewery has three locations along the North Oregon Coast in Pacific City, Tillamook, and Cannon Beach.  The Pacific City location offers outstanding views of Cape Kiwanda.  Pelican brews several award-winning ales and rotates many flavors on tap.

Fort George Brewing is built in the same location as the original Fort George in Astoria.  Fort George brews four beers year-round, plus seasonal beers and some specialty brews.  Grab some pizza and enjoy the views of the through windows overlooking the river or relax with a burger in the courtyard.

Buoy Beer is in a former cannery building right on the Columbia River in Astoria with views of the Astoria Megler Bridge.  Buoy is known for its Czech Pilsner and fresh seafood.

Public Coast Brewery is close to Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach.  The outdoor seating is nice for people watching on a sunny day.

San Dune Pub has been around since 1935.  Located in Manzanita and close to the start of the Neahkanie Mountain trail, it has local beers, food, and a nice backyard patio.

Pelican Brewery at Cape Kiwanda

 

Seaside Brewing in Seaside is known for its BBQ and live music.

Werner Beef and Brew in Tillamook started as a meat snack company and then started brewing beer.   Werner has a deli and taproom located right across from Goodspeed Park.