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Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain

Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain

Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Oregon, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 45.74000°N / 123.94°W

Object Title: Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain

Activities: Hiking

Elevation: 1697 ft / 517 m


Page By: BSPclimber

Created/Edited: Sep 18, 2007 / Sep 26, 2007

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The summit of Neah Kah Nie Mt. with Nehalem River valley in the background
Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain is located on the Oregon coast about 11 miles south of Cannon Beach. The 1697 foot mountain has 2 trails to the summit, a 2.5 mile trail from the west and a 1.5 mile trail from the south.
According to Coastal Indian legend, Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain is seen as a sleeping warrior, waiting to be awakened. They thought it was a viewpoint fit for the gods, so they named it Ne (place of) Ekahni (supreme deity)(per Sullivan's guide). I certainly concur about the view from the summit, which on a sunny day is an awesome sight, especially of the Nehalem River valley to the south. I am glad to note that the warrior remained safely asleep the 3 times I have been there.
I recommend this hike highly if you are in the Cannon Beach area and have a few spare hours and want to get in a nice short workout, or if you just want to enjoy some great views of a beautiful area.

Note: I have seen this mountain listed at both 1697 and 1631 feet. Every time I have been up there, the summit comes in at between 1685 and 1700 feet on my GPS, so I have used 1697 as the correct height.

Getting There

West trailhead
Both trailheads are reached by accessing Highway 101. The west trailhead parking is about 11 miles south of Cannon Beach, just south of milepost 40, on the west side of the highway. The trail starts across the highway. There is space for several cars here.
The south trailhead is about a mile and a half south of the west one, between mileposts 41 and 42, not quite 2 miles north of Manzinita. There is a brown hiking sign pointing to the road you need to take, which will be a left turn if you are coming from Cannon Beach. It is about 4 tenths of a mile to the trailhead, which has room for maybe 5-7 cars, although you could park farther down if all the spots were taken.

Red Tape

No red tape that I am aware of.


Since this is a dayhike that shouldn't take you more than a few hours, there really isn't a need to camp, but if you wanted to there is Oswald West State Park about 2 miles or so to the north which has good camping.

When to climb

This is definitely an all season hike, the winters are very mild although usually pretty wet. I've hiked this when 40 and cloudy in December, 50 and raining in May, and 75 and sunny in September. If you are looking for a good flower show, May is a good time for that.