1 mile round trip
200 feet elevation gain
Moderate (from Highway 101)
2.6 miles round trip
600 feet elevation gain
Difficult (from Washburne Park)
800 feet elevation gain
Left: Heceta Head.
Below right: Heceta House bed & breakfast.
Oregon’s most photographed lighthouse is open for tours—but only if you’re willing to hike. Fortunately, the trails here are easy and spectacular.
Heceta Head (say huh-SEE-tuh) honors Bruno de Heceta, the Portuguese captain of a Spanish ship, who first sighted the cape in 1775. The lighthouse here was the last of Oregon’s dozen coastal lighthouses to be built. Bricks for the tower were shipped from San Francisco to Florence and hauled over the hills on wagons. The 2-ton Fresnel lens, with 640 delicate, hand-ground prisms, was off-loaded onto the cape by surf boat.
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Right: Heceta Head Lighthouse.
Below: Heceta Head from Hobbit Beach to the north.
This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range.