• Rating: Moderate
  • Activity: Hike
  • Distance: Up to 6 miles roundtrip
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After stumbling upon this 1,130-foot coastal mound in 1806, William Clark (of Lewis and Clark fame) dubbed the viewpoint “Clark’s Point of View.” These days the peak is known as Tillamook Head, but one thing hasn’t changed: the spectacular sight of the coast from the top. The climb—which winds past a World War II–era bunker and affords glimpses of “Terrible Tilly,” a decommissioned lighthouse—is challenging. But once you’ve toughed out the three-mile ascent from Indian Beach (a hot spot for surfers), you’ll be rewarded with a boundless panorama of the great blue Pacific and the cold-water adventurers who ride its waves.

ROUND TRIP: Up to 6 miles

NEAREST TOWN: Cannon Beach

DISTANCE FROM DOWNTOWN: 72 miles

PACK: Moon Handbooks: Oregon; oregonstateparks.org/park188.php; $3 day-use fee