This trail is a nice short loop with some interesting forest and a beautiful view of the Haystack Rock and nothing too steep.
Need to Know
There is a portable toilet at the trailhead. You do not need to pay to park at the trailhead.
The trail starts at the back of the Overflow Parking area in Pacific City, which will soon be developed into a city park. There are designated parking spots at the rear of the lot. The trailhead sign marks the pass through for the fence.
Follow the trail through a douglas fir plantation before heading uphill into the old growth forest. The trees are huge, the ferns are tall, and the moss is everywhere. The trail meanders up and down the slopes creating a feeling of isolation even though you're very close to town. The surface of the trail can be muddy, and watch out for mountain bikers, who use the trail even though it's a pedestrian-only trail.
The trail leads out along the ridge until it reaches an overlook where a break in the trees frames a beautiful view of HayStack Rock. There's a bench if you want to sit and enjoy the view.
From there, begin to head downhill and quickly come back out in the douglas fir plantation. Cross a grassy two track and hike parallel to the back of the houses along the street. The trail soon reaches the passthrough in the fence and the parking lot.
Flora & Fauna
Douglas fir. Sitka spruce. Swordfern.
Shared By: Samantha Goodwin