Heceta Lighthouse Trail #1370

Area Status: Open

This is an easy trail with views of ocean and beach access from parking lot. Always use caution on the beach. Watch for sneaker waves, know the tide schedule and stay away from logs in the surf or on wet sand. Look out for deep water and strong currents.

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At a Glance

Water: None
Restroom: Yes
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint
Information Center: Central Coast Ranger District - Waldport Office

General Information


Trail is accessed 13.0 miles north of Florence on Highway 101 at Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint  and Devil’s Elbow State Park.


 Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.0 mb)

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General Notes:

Close to:

  • Cape Mountain Trail (area is unavailable)
  • Lily Lake


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Access to this trail from Devils Elbow State Park

Sand Play

On the beach


Access to spectacular tide pools. Look for minus tides for best viewing. Never turn your back to the ocean!

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Scenery

Heceta Lighthouse has been called the most photographed lighthouse in the United States. Trail goes by coastal headlands, the Heceta lightkeepers station and leads the the lighthouse.

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  • Trail Maps
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  Area/Length : 
0.5 mile

  Elevation : 
0 to 50 feet