Hug Point Waterfall (Winter 2016)

Directions: Take Highway 26 to Highway 101 and go South for Cannon Beach. Follow 101 South for about 12 miles to the Hug Point state recreation area (there are signs).

This is an easy beach walk to a small but pretty waterfall. It would be a nice addition to any hike you’re doing in the area, or if you are short on time. This is also a nice stop for people with younger children.

Warning: You need to be aware of the tide. This waterfall is ONLY accessible at low tide. Please check a tide table before starting this hike.


From the parking area take the staircase down to the beach and head North. As you come to a sandstone point make sure you watch the tide as you round the corner and start to see the waterfall. You’ll pass along a cave in the sandstone and pass a cove type area before you reach the waterfall. It’s just a quick quarter mile from the parking area.

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The waterfall is only about 15 feet high but it’s quite pretty with the colors of the stone around it. There are also nearby caves to explore and you can walk up on top of the waterfall. When you are done head back out the way you came in.


Distance: .5 mile (easy)

Elevation: Minimal elevation gain/loss, just the staircase down to the beach.

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes at the parking area

Parking Fee: No

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Warnings: Be aware of the tides it can be very dangerous and you have the possibility of getting stuck or swept away.

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