Harts Cove

Harts Cove

  • Easy (Cascade Head upper trail)
  • 2 miles round trip
  • 160 feet elevation loss
  • Open July 16 through Dec 31

  • Moderate (Harts Cove)
  • 5.4 miles round trip
  • 900 feet elevation loss

Cascade Head won its name when sailors spotted the waterfalls cascading from its oceanfront cliffs. The trail down to Harts Cove leads to a viewpoint of one of these dramatic falls. But the path also features an old-growth spruce forest, a flower-filled blufftop meadow, and a rocky shore where sea lions bellow. To protect endangered butterflies and wildflowers on the headland, the road to the trailhead is gated closed January 1 to July 15. The access road also passes the easy, upper trailhead to the more famous Nature Conservancy preserve on Cascade Head. Ambitious hikers can do both in a day.

From the junction with Highway …

If you decide to take the Nature Conservancy path …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range.