|OregonWildflowers Locations Cascade Head
|Oregon Coast - Central
|Best time to visit
|Mid-May through mid-June
|3.0 - 3.4 miles round-trip, 500 - 1200 feet elevation gain
|Hike information - Oregon Hikers Field Guide
|PROHIBITED. Please respect this location by leaving your dog at home.
In addition to incredible views of Cascade Head and the Oregon Coast north (facing both north and south), the Preserve is a fine place to see wildflowers, some of which are fairly uncommon including: Coastal Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis), Blue Violet (Viola adunca), Streambank Lupine (Lupinus rivularis), Cascade Head Catchfly (Silene douglasii var. oraria), and Hairy Checkermallow (Sidalcea hirtipes).
In the early 1960s, farsighted volunteers organized an effort to protect Cascade Head from development. By 1966 they had raised funds to purchase the property, after which they turned it over to The Nature Conservancy, who now manages this beautiful area.
NOTE: Dogs are not allowed anywhere within the Cascade Head Preserve!
The trail leads from the parking area and parallels Savage Road for 0.4 miles before ducking into the woods on the "real" trail. This continues for 1.0 miles until you reach the meadows.
From here you can climb another 0.4 mile (and 700 feet) to the upper viewpoint. But even if you are not up for the extra climb, you will find plenty of outstanding views.
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Salmon Creek and the Pacific from Cascade Head
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