Looking up the Angora Peak Ridgeline
Angora Peak located just southeast of Cannon Beach is a little known summit south of Cannon Beach. Due to the fact that the land that Angora Peak is located on is private logging, (Stimson Logging) this mountain does not receive much in the way of popularity, except from local hikers in the region. This despite the fact that Angora Peak has 1022 feet of prominence which is quiet large for this region. Many of these local hikers often though go up the peak in a regular basis because despite the lack of information or attention that is peak gets over the web there is a well beaten path much of the way up to the summit which follow former logging roads off and on to the final summit bushwhack.
Angora Peak and Revenge of Angora
Revenge of Angora
The Gate to the Gravel Road leading to Angora Peak is located just 300 feet south of Falcon Cove Road on Route 101. This is roughly 3 miles south of Arcadia Beach Park and 2 miles north of the Cape Falcon Trailhead. You will see the sign below to mark the gate.
Trailhead Gate Sign
Trail Map to Angora Peak
This is solely for the route up to the main summit of Angora Peak. Following the map above follow the logging road as it rises over some areas that were very recently logged. This logging will pass through the clear cut and intersect will a number of logging roads on the way up. The road will then rises up a more moderate pitch as it traverses the western ridge of the Angora Peak complex. On Google Maps this road is named Arch Cape Mill Road despite it not being maintained past the 1900 foot elevation point. Once the road heads due east it will rise up to an abrupt end. Look for a path to your right. Take that path all of the way up to a more overgrown road.
Keep your eyes open to flagging
The western sub-peak
This is the point where you have to pay close attention because 100 feet from where you pick up the road you then run into a marked path on your left hand side. Take the path to your left and don't continue up the road. Stay on the path as it at time fades in and out while traverse the north side of the ridge. You will in roughly 1/3 of mile enter into a gap between the ridge and main peak area. The road here will be in much better condition for the next 3/4 of mile as it traverses along the south side of Angora Peak. Great views off to the south will dominate this section of the trip up. Take this all the way to where you will run into another gap. This gap will be between Angora Peak and a needle like summit called Angora Pinnacle.
Rapidly disappearing route up Angora Peak
At this gap make a left and head north. This road is rapidly eroding in places and in 5-10 years it make not be very doable. Right now in sections this former road has become more of a catwalk so use a little caution here. Take this roughly a quarter mile to an open field. You will see another this time overgrown road off to your left heading south. This road is now has more vegetation on it then many of the other roads but is still navigable. Take this road all the way to the point that road make almost a U turn. At that bend find a good place either at the small creek or where there are markings. From there bushwhack up to the top. If you hit an excellent view outcrop you are not on the summit but you are enjoying excellent views. If you hitting a treed area you have hit the summit you will have to scramble a bit for some views.
Looking over the eastern ledges!
Other summits and sub-peaks that combined with the summit of Angora Peak within a day
SPECIAL THANKS TO KARL HELSER AND BRIAN JENKINS FOR THE INFORMATION ON THESE THREE SCRAMBLES. ALL PICTURES IN THIS SECTION WERE TAKEN BY EITHER KARL HELSER OR BRIAN JENKINS.
1. Little Angora
A mile to the north of Angora Peak is Little Angora which is a dramatic rock outcrop. This rock outcrop is a technical rock climb featuring mid 5th class moves and critical jump within in the line. Technical gear is a must for Little Angora. (Special thanks to Karl Helser)
Technical move on Little Angora
2. Revenge of Angora
This thrashy 3rd class comes within feet of being the highest point in the range. No technical gear needed provided you find the right route.
The route up Revenge of Angora
Scrambling up Revenge of Angora
3. Angora Pinnacle
Another 3rd class thrashy scramble that is a half mile to the east of Angora Peak.
Angora Pinnacle scramble
When to Climb
This peak can be climbed at any time of year provided Angora Peak is your goal. If you are trying for Angora Pinnacle or Revenge of Angora you will definite want to wait until the area is snow free and not wet from storms. Ideally you want to go up here when it is sunny because the views along the way up are excellent.
Camping on this hike is prohibited. However there are camping areas in the towns of Mazanita and Cannon Beach as well as nearby Saddle Mountain State Park