Cascade Head


Cascade Head
Three Rocks Rd
Otis, OR 97368
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A haven for rare plants, wildlife and grassland communities once abundant along the Oregon Coast, Cascade Head provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers and the Oregon silverspot butterfly. Description courtesy The Nature Conservancy


There are two trails on Cascade Head. To reach the lower trail (a more vigorous hike to the top of the headland):

  • Head north on US 101 from Lincoln City.
  • Just north of the Salmon River, turn west on Three Rocks Road.
  • At 2 miles, take the left fork and park in Knight Park.
  • The trailhead begins there. It crosses through private and U.S. Forest Service property and over a narrow winding road, so please use caution and respect private property.

The upper trail (a more level 1-mile hike to the upper viewpoint) is closed by the U.S. Forest Service from January 1 to July 15. To reach it:

  • Drive 2.4 miles north of the Salmon River, almost to the summit of Cascade Head.
  • Turn left onto an un-marked gravel road (USFS Road 1861)
  • Continue approximately 3.5 miles, bearing left when the road forks. (There is a U.S. Forest Service trail to Harts Cove at the end of this road.)
  • The upper trailhead is marked by a small parking lot and sign. At the upper viewpoint, the trail drops steeply 700 feet to connect with the lower trail.