Hiking to Hart's Cove
5.3 miles (my Apple Watch clocked 5.9 miles)
1,079 feet in elevation gain (my Apple Watch clocked 1,328 feet)
Views of Hart’s Cove, Chitwood Falls, and the Pacific Ocean. Also a great spot to whale watch during migrations and for wildflowers in the summer.
Trail is closed Jan 1 - Jul 15 for wildlife conservation.
Be advised that if you bring dogs or children there are extremely steep cliffs surrounding the meadow.
Hart’s Cove, like so many other hikes in Oregon, was on my Must-Do list when we moved out to the PNW. After learning about Chitwood Falls, a waterfall that falls straight into the ocean in the cove, I had to go. We set out on an absolutely beautiful fall day with temperatures hovering in the mid 50’s and sunny skies. We arrived to the trailhead around 1:00pm to begin our hike down to the coast. AllTrails says the hike is 5.3 miles & 1,079 feet in elevation gain, but I think that only accounts for the hike to the top of the meadow. After emerging from the forest, you’ll arrive at the top of the meadow which provides impressive views of the Pacific Ocean, however, you have to hike down to the base of the meadow to see Hart’s Cove and Chitwood Falls. The hill is steep, and is definitely a climb back up, but it’s worth it to go the extra distance to see the cove.
Directions: from the parking area, start down the trail by the big wooden kiosk. You will hike down six switchbacks before the trail begins to level out. You don’t need to worry about any trail intersections, as this trail goes directly to your destination. When you emerge from the forest at the top of the meadow you can stop here, but you cannot see Hart’s Cove unless you hike down to the base of the meadow. There are multiple overlooks for Hart’s Cove but there is only one where you can see the waterfall. While in the meadow, there is a small path down to the base of a few trees (you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it) hike down a couple feet and voila! you will be there.