Heceta Lighthouse Trail #1370
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
|Passes:||A valid Recreation Pass is required at Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint|
|Information Center:||Central Coast Ranger District - Waldport Office|
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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- Cape Mountain Trail (area is unavailable)
- Lily Lake
BeachcombingAccess to this trail from Devils Elbow State Park
Sand PlayOn the beach
TidepoolingAccess to spectacular tide pools. Look for minus tides for best viewing. Never turn your back to the ocean!
Viewing SceneryHeceta 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.
Alerts & Warnings
- Hebo RD: Drift Creek Falls TH not accessible due to snow
- Mar 15-Sept 15 2023 Beach restrictions in effect to protect nesting Snowy Plover
- Cascade Head Research Area inaccessible on FSR 1861 due to landslide
- Forest Service Road 1100 (Old Scenic Hwy), Cascade Head area, temp closure
- Forest Service Road 24 Closure