Harts Cove

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

A very scenic hike along the northern Oregon Coast. The trail is a 5.4 miles out and back, with 900' of elevation loss.  There is also an optional trail of Cascade Head's Upper Trail, that is a 2 mile round trip with 160' of elevation loss.  Both hikes are featured on page 86 in the Third Edition of the popular William L. Sullivan guidebook, "100 Hikes and Travel Guide for the Oregon Coast & Coast Range".

Trail Details: Cascade Head Upper Trail at the Nature Conservancy is 2 miles, with 160' of elevation loss and is rated as easy.  Harts Cove is 5.4 miles, with 900' of elevation loss and is rated as moderate.

Driving Directions: From the junction with HWY 18, just north of Lincoln City, drive north 4 miles on HWY 101.  Just before a crest, turn left on gravel Cascade Head Road 1861, marked by a yellow gate that is closed to vehicles January 1 to July 15.  After 3.2 miles, a guardrail on the left marks the easy, upper trailhead to the Nature Conservancy preserve on Cascade Head.  Continue 0.9 miles on Road 1861 to the trailhead at the road's end for Harts Cove.  Harts Cove is just over 120 miles from Best Buy, using I-5 to HWY 22, through Salem, and over to Lincoln City, before heading a bit north.  Travel time is estimated at 2 hours and 41 minutes, thanks to MapQuest.  Round trip will be 240 miles, so please be willing to chip in $15 to $20 to the drivers for gas and wear and tear of their vehicles.  Thank you.

Pets are banned on the Nature Conservancy trail.

The Harts Cove Trail starts out by switchbacking downhill through a young coastal forest. Railroad tie steps here help make footing better. Very little light reaches the forest floor and undergrowth is sparse. Evidence of logging is plentiful with very large stumps common. After about half a mile, you'll cross Cliff Creek Bridge. The creek seems to mark the boundary between the second growth forest and the old growth. Some of these trees are over 250 years old. After a while, you'll come out onto a point with your first view of Harts Cove. The trail turns eastward and enters the drainage of Chitwood Creek. You'll pass under a particularly threatening looking blowdown that didn't quite reach the ground. As interesting as the trees, standing and fallen, are, the real highlight of this hike is the open meadow that comes next. This entire area is closed in the spring, but flowers bloom here well into August. Look for lupine and violets mixed in with other plant life. The trail circles back to the south a bit and offers a beautiful view of Harts Cove, including a waterfall as Chitwood Creek cascades into the Pacific. Most of us will probably be content with the meadow and the views, but there is a steep, rugged trail to a spot near the water.

We will meet at Best Buy at 8:00AM to set up carpooling.  We will leave shortly after, but no later than 8:30AM, so please be on time.  Please bring a small backpack with a lunch, water, and gear needed for a day hike.  Cash for the drivers and a possible stop at a restaurant afterwards is highly encouraged.  Round trip will be 240 miles, so please be willing to chip in $15 to $20 to the drivers for gas and wear and tear of their vehicles.  Thank you.

Hope to see you on the trail.

 

 

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  • Matthew H.

    I'm sorry to hear that others didn't end up going and doing the hike. I was glad however to hear that some did at least go and enjoy the lighthouse. I was hoping by adding details of how to find the trail and information on it would help if someone decided to step up and lead it. Sometimes, you just have to step outside of the comfort zone and take the initiative. It's all part of the joys of exploring. I would of enjoyed the hike, but I needed to be available if work needed me. Hope to see everyone on the trails again soon.

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This hike looks awesome! I have an event that evening in Salem so may have to cancel if we are to get back too late.
    Anyone have an idea on the timeline for the return? I would hate to rush back from the coast.....,especially if the weather is nice.

    July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Bethany! I never see anyone from school on hikes. Unfortunately I am not going to make it this time. Hope you have fun!

      July 16, 2013

    • Bethany G.

      I wasn't able to either. Hopefully this next time. Unfortunately I need to loose 50 pounds to be happy with myself and be able to do a lot of athletic things. How would you rate the hike 1 being easy and 10 being difficult

      July 23, 2013

  • Roni

    Hi everybody, I wanted to do this hike but I had just signed up for Meetup and I was a little aprehensive about going so far out of town with strangers... I came back looking for updates on the hike but reading the comments I wonder if it even happened... Did anybody do this hike and if so how was it?

    July 23, 2013

  • Rach

    So sorry! I forgot I had RSVP'd to this and was out of town most of the week. Hope everyone had a great time!

    July 20, 2013

  • bridge

    @ Dutch bros :) had to do it

    July 20, 2013

  • bridge

    K just saw that the first bus out from 12 th & chambers only leaves me 5 min to catch the bus to best buy I'm coming but if the bus is late and I miss the connection someone please text me ( phones doesn't really ring ) and maybe I can meet the group or something. I don't drive so not sure if the route out passes through Eugene [masked]

    July 19, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    The hike is still on, it just needs someone to lead the hike.

    July 19, 2013

  • bridge

    It's still on right? Any suggestions on clothing? Never been to the coast

    July 19, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      I was at the coast last weekend, and the weather was great. Bring a light sweatshirt or windbreaker.

      July 19, 2013

  • bridge

    Oh and I haven't really been up anything but Spencer's in a while so. If anyone else is a slower hiker by all means walk with me

    July 19, 2013

  • Roy W.

    Dates of another trip has been changed

    July 19, 2013

  • Roy W.

    I would have been prepared to lead it, but I have to drop out - my backpacking trip has been moved to a day earlier

    July 19, 2013

  • Jean F.

    Will be coming from Newport and meeting you at the trailhead

    July 19, 2013

  • Jean F.

    I will meet you at the trail head as I am coming from Newport. What time?

    July 19, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    This event needs an organizer to step forward and lead it. Thanks.

    July 18, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    With an uncertain work schedule for Saturday, I am having to change my RSVP. I apologize for not being able to help lead the hike. I hope that others can work together and make this trip enjoyable for all. Trip information is all in the write up.

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I will have to try this hike another day. I have a schedule conflict. I hope everyone has fun!

    July 16, 2013

  • Bill K.

    A friend has left this world and her memorial will be Saturday. This must take the high priority so I regretfully will have to cancel my presence as well.

    July 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm very sorry to hear about your friend. :-(

      July 16, 2013

  • Brian K.

    Something has come up and I have to back out.

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just realized I am going to be Oncall this weekend.. wish I could make it but unfortunately I won't be able to

    July 12, 2013

  • Lou B.

    Catherine
    Are you the one leading the group ?

    January 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to hear that. Hope u feel better Lou

      July 6, 2013

    • Lou B.

      Getting better, but still talking to me!

      1 · July 6, 2013

  • Mark

    plans have changed I will be out of town that week

    July 3, 2013

  • Andrea Brown (.

    Have all the kids that weekend.

    July 2, 2013

  • Susanna

    Working at the Springfield SummerFaire.

    July 1, 2013

  • Lou B.

    Sounds good , can drive . I'll wait a bit to see If Its still a go to do trip, this date ?

    1 · June 27, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Yes, still on for July 20th, it appears. I didn't change anything there.

      June 27, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    I have updated the details, but I didn't change anything else. Simply added trail information from the guidebook, found out the distance of the drive, and such. Now that everything is updated, please take the time to update your RSVP if you can. Thanks.

    June 27, 2013

  • Annette J.

    Where is this location? If you could include this basic locale info for us new to the NWest, that would be good. I may be in Malheur at this time...but I'll come another time.

    May 25, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Along the Oregon coast, near Lincoln City.

      June 27, 2013

  • BW

    Thanks for setting this up.What roads and HyWys are used ( where is Trail Head locaction ) to get to the hike from Best Buy. How many round trip apox. miles are there from from Best Buy? Thanks

    January 6, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      I have update the information, hopefully it helps you out.

      June 27, 2013

  • Janel L.

    OK, I was experimenting and ended up suggesting a date that works with my schedule. Not sure if you can change it - sorry if I messed up! This sounds like fun! I'd love to do it!

    February 23, 2013

  • Rach

    I'm really a maybe until we're closer to July. Sounds like a great hike, though, so I hope I can go.

    February 16, 2013

  • Bill K.

    My experience with the coast is that it's likely to be better weather early in the year but cold and foggy in July. It might be better to go earlier in the year. Personally I prefer the nicer weather.

    January 6, 2013

  • Janel L.

    OK, since I couldn't change the date back to no-date, I set it for July 20 which is the first Saturday after the trail opens and far in the future. I just didn't want people putting this on their calendars as a set date in Feb since I'm not organizing and I don't know how to undo what I did.

    January 6, 2013

    • Janel L.

      So, obviously, that sitting on my fingers thing didn't work too well. Since I've changed the date from Feb 2, I thought and now I still have that date open :-) I thought I'd propose a different hike for that day. I'm proposing a Kentucky Falls hike on Feb 02. Info in the suggested meetups section.

      January 6, 2013

  • Janel Laidman changed the date and time from Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 8:00 AM to Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    January 6, 2013

  • Lou B.

    Might be closed due to high winds along the coast this time of year of winter , and downed trees. Might be best to call whoever closes and check why Its closed this time of year for what ever reasons.

    January 6, 2013

    • Janel L.

      According to the Bill Sullivan book, it's because the trail goes through a Nature Conservancy area and it's to protect endangered butterflies and wildflowers. If you read the next hike in the book, Cascade Head, which is part of this hike, it says the trail is closed as well as the road. So, it may be that this is best done as a summer hike. The wildflowers of summer sound gorgeous though!

      1 · January 6, 2013

  • Janel L.

    Oops, I may have messed up. I was experimenting and suggested a date. Didn't know it would become the official date. However, I'm also confused because the first part of the writeup says it's open year round, but at the end it says the trail is closed Jan 1 - Jul 15. So I'm not sure which it is. Sorry if I have just confused everyone! I'm kind of new to the meetup system.

    January 5, 2013

    • Barbara

      Don't worry about being new to Meet-up= we all are- I cannot even type w/o screwing up-- most new technology is "new" to my generation, and sometimes very overwhelming quite frankly. Not to mention the speed of life these days. I'm glad you were honest about being new to it.

      1 · January 5, 2013

    • Janel L.

      Thanks Barbara -

      January 6, 2013

  • Janel L.

    I just took a look at this hike in Bill Sullivan's Oregon Coast hikes book. It looks like the access road is closed from Jan 1 to Jul 15, but you can hike down the access road or from other trailhead access points on the highway to make a longer hike.

    Now that I read more about it, it sounds like it might be more spectacular in the Spring when the meadow will be blooming. The date I put in was just a random date I had available and might not be the best date - I thought it would show up as a "suggested date" not the official date. I can't seem to get it back to "no date" and I'm not the one who originally proposed this hike so I feel bad that I unintentionally hijacked the date.

    Anyhow, I'm up for this hike either in Feb or another time.

    And now I'm going to go sit on my fingers and refrain from suggesting dates!

    January 6, 2013

  • Lou B.

    Sounds good , can drive . I'll wait a bit to see If Its still a go to do trip, this date ?

    January 6, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Sounds intriging. To be certain the start time is at Spfld Bestbuy at 8 AM Sat Feb 2nd? Is there carpooling available?

    January 6, 2013

  • Janel L.

    OK, I was experimenting and ended up suggesting a date that works with my schedule. Not sure if you can change it - sorry if I messed up! This sounds like fun! I'd love to do it!

    January 5, 2013

  • Janel Laidman changed the date and time to Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey- I don't mean to be annoying, but is the Hart's Cove trail - a GREAT hike- not closed this time of year?

    January 5, 2013

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