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Neahkahnie Mtn the Hard Way

  • Feb 17, 2014 · 7:30 AM
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Total Miles: 9

Elevation Gain: 2350

Pace: 2.5-3 mph

Difficulty Rating: Difficult

Type: Out and Back

Estimated Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Permits: None

Dogs: Yes, Dog Friendly, Dog must be on leash for the entire hike. You should also be prepared to drive.

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 170 miles, give or take; suggest a mileage donation $12.00 per person. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!

My hiking style we do stop for pictures and to enjoy the scenery, the pace while moving is a bit quicker than average. We stop at all trail junctions and wait for the group to gather together. We keep a loose point and sweep system where anybody can be upfront (point) or behind (sweep). When doing so if you are ahead you are point and should stop at every fork or intersection to regroup. If you are last, you are sweep and should maintain awareness that nobody is behind you.. If you need to step off the trail, you must let someone know. Please silence your cell phone while on the hike. I also encourage people to find conversation topics other than work.

Be aware, it is illegal to dig for buried treasure on Oregon State lands.

Stories about buried treasure are, of course, almost never true. But there’s one buried-treasure story, dating back to the 1600s on the northern Oregon coast, that might actually be the real thing.

A Native American story tells of a galleon coming to the bluff, just south of Astoria, and its crew burying a mysterious chest there — guarded by the body of a murdered crew member.

We will start out at the south trailhead for Neahkahnie Mtn, we will be taking switchbacks through the forest for 1.5 miles getting glimpses of the ocean view until we get to the top and are rewarded with this view if the weather cooperates.


After spending the apropriate amount of time enjoying the view, we will head down the north side of Neahkahnie Mtn this is a steep grade in places much like a Gorge hike, but we get to stop and check out these cool old tree's, they look like something out of a evil forest.


Next is on down to the base of the Mtn, then across the Highway to our lunch spot where we will be treated with this ocean view.



After lunch, it is back the way we came.

What to bring:

What to bring:

Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks

Layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)

Rain gear

Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)

The 10 essentials*

Trekking poles (never a bad idea)

Lunch, snacks and plenty of water

Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.

Please note if the hike is full, you can choose to be notified of a open spot . What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone who wants a spot will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.

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  • Lin

    100% happy hikers is very accurate. What a fabulous peaceful forest to wander in and I truly believe the leprechauns have a good life there. Thank you Tim and ladies........a perfect hike.

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • Tim F

    The weather God's were good to us today, only 10 minutes of light rain at the end of the hike. Rain 1%, Happy Hikers 100%. We did not find the buried treasure, but the real treasure on this hike is walking through this amazing bit of untouched forest it is visually stimulating. The clouds parted and we got all the views. Sometimes you say it's good to be me, today was one of those days. Thanks for the company Ladies.

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • Janice

    Well Tim got lucky. He got to hike with 3 incredible women and then he got a cookie. Great hike guys. Hope to see you all again soon :)

    2 · February 17, 2014

  • Ty

    Went to bed at 10 last night and here it is at 3:47 and I’m still awake. Been a rough weekend and haven’t slept at all either night. Sorry to bail so late. Catch you all next time.

    February 17, 2014

  • barbara s.

    Hit my head hard yesterday on a rock and have a had a bad headache ever since. Sorry to bail so late... Enjoy!

    February 16, 2014

  • Janice

    Yay! Rich and Barbara. fun.

    1 · February 10, 2014

    • Rich

      Yes Janice fun. It's been a long time since we've hiked. I was seeing you every week for awhile and Barb twice a week.

      1 · February 11, 2014

    • barbara s.

      What a lucky guy....

      1 · February 16, 2014

  • Tim F

    It looks like some crazy weather is going to blow through tonight, but supposed to be back to normal when we hit the trail Monday, be prepared for rain and highs of around 50.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Janice

    I can drive too.

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • madeline

    Hey Tim,

    I might be on the coast the night before, so is it "okay" to meet you at the trail-head?

    February 10, 2014

    • Tim F

      Hi Madeline, yes, that is okay, I will send you the information in a email.

      February 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in Forest Grove. Doesn't make sense to come up to Barnes Road for me. Would there be somewhere else I could meet up with someone?

    February 10, 2014

    • Tim F

      Hi Michelle, I sent you a email with the options.

      February 11, 2014

  • Tim F

    Hey Gang, there is rain in the forecast for next Monday, be sure to consider that when you RSVP.

    February 9, 2014

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