A conditioning hike to Neahkahnie Mountain, starting at the Short Sands trailhead and following the Oregon Coast Trail to the top of Neahkahnie. We took two side trails along the way, one to a viewpoint of Devils Cauldron, and the other to the “Goonies” viewpoint. Apparently, they did some filming at this location for the movie, but I’ve never seen it. Both viewpoints are definitely worth hiking down to from the north Neahkahnie parking lot.
The trail has eroded quite a bit over the last couple of years, with a lot of roots to maneuver around, and areas where the trail has washed out. And mud. Lots of mud. Regardless, it’s a great hike.
Distance: 8.75 miles
Elevation gain: 2,390 ft.