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Elk Flats Overlook Trail

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 5.0 (1)

A short trail to an amazing overlook of waves crashing on cliffs below.


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0.2

Miles

0.4

KM

64%

Runnable

367' 112 m

High

175' 53 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

191' 58 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (8°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Geological Significance · Views · Wildflowers

Need to Know

No toilet at the parking area. Oswald West is just down the road with restrooms and water.

Runner Notes

Muddy, steep, slippery.

Description

This trail is an informal, short but steep run that branches off from the Elk Flats Trail to the south and makes it way downhill through the meadow. The trail skirts a forested hill and crosses a small stream that empties into the ocean. This part is steep and muddy, many people appear to have slid down the hill.

There are tall salal bushes on either side that block the views and make the trail feel narrow and closed in. It can be difficult to pass other runners.

After hopping across the stream, the trail turns and heads out onto a narrow finger of rock with abrupt cliffs on either side going down into the ocean. This overlook gives an amazing view of waves crashing onto the rocks, rolling through arches and into sea caves, and the wild cliffs to the north and south. Spectacular at sunset, this viewpoint is not to be missed.

Beware of the relatively narrow rocky peninsula with cliffs on either side that do not have any kind of safeguards against falling. Be especially aware of pets and children, as a fall from here would be extremely hazardous.

Flora & Fauna

Salal

Contacts

Land Manager: Oregon State Parks

Shared By:

Samantha Goodwin

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A sea cliff with waves crashing against it close to sunset.
Jan 27, 2021 near Rockawa…, OR
A muddy steep trail through a grassy meadow crosses a stream.
Jan 27, 2021 near Rockawa…, OR
A trailhead sign marks a trail that goes down into a meadow.
Jan 27, 2021 near Cannon…, OR
A narrow trail winds through tall salal bushes.
Jan 27, 2021 near Cannon…, OR

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