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Neahkahnie Mountain, Oregon

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Neahkahnie Mountain is a mountain, or headland, on the Oregon Coast, north of Manzanita in Oswald West State Park overlooking U.S. Route 101. The peak is part of the Northern Oregon Coast Range, which is part of the Oregon Coast Range. It is best known for stories of Spanish treasure said to be buried either at the foot of the mountain, or on its slopes.In earlier times, Native Americans would set fires to clear the mountain slopes so deer and elk would have tender vegetation to eat in the spring. Pioneers afterwards did the same so their cattle and sheep would have grass to graze on. Since at least 1990, however, this practice was discontinued and the slopes are heavily forested in many places.The name comes from the Tillamook language, although according to Lewis A. McArthur, an Oregonian geographic historian, the meaning of the word is controversial. Neah-Kah-Nie (other spellings, although obsolescent include "Ne-a-karney" and Ne-kah-ni) is translated as "the place of the god", whose name has been transcribed as Acarna.HistoryA legend, dating back to the mid-1800s and the first Hudson's Bay Co. employees to arrive in the area, claims the mountain conceals a lost treasure, hidden by Spanish sailors in the late 16th century. There are various versions of the legend, but the most common ones involve a group of sailors carrying a chest up the hillside, then digging a hole and lowering the treasure inside. As the story goes, one of the sailors then plunges his sword into one of the men with them, apparently an African slave, and his body was then thrown in on top of the treasure; the idea being, Native Americans would not disturb a man's grave, so keeping the treasure under a dead man would prevent the Native Americans—who, in most versions of the story were watching the activity closely from nearby—from digging it up.
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  • Great trail , splendid views . We went out 3 year old, was lot of fun!we decided to hike from the south trailhead to the viewpoint. It is moderate hike about 1.5 miles in one direction. The mountain t...  more »
  • Not really a mountain, so the walk up is generally fairly easy. It is a bit of a scramble to get to the very top of the rocks at the peak. There are two ways up and neither is particularly strenuous. ...  more »
  • If you've always wanted to summit a mountain but aren't super excited about strapping on spiked boots, high-tech ropes and oxygen then this is the mountain for you...and you know who you are First off...  more »
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  • There are several parking lots you can hike to this location. The closer one will make the hike easy to and from all you have to do is cross the highway. It is a uphill climb most of the way and dogs are welcome big be warned the trail is not wide so if you have dog aggression issue this might not be the hike for your dog.
  • Hiked from Oswald west parking area to elk trail across the bridge, to devils cauldron, to north neahkahnie mountain trail, then went down on the west side and finished on the 101 going back to Oswald west parking area. The north side of the trail is over 60% over grown, the trail is very narrow and when it's not overgrown there are gnarly tree roots to cross with steep drop offs. In the beginning the trail was very slippery. The west side of the trail was a lot more easier and I saw many people and dogs on the west side. On the north side I only came across 2 other hikers. There were no bathrooms for any portion of this 11 mile hike I did, only the great outdoors. 7/16/18
  • It's kind of a difficult hike, but not as hard as some others, like Cascade head or Dog Mountain. The view at the top is well worth it, and the hike itself is beautiful. It's fun to pick your way along the ridge, with steep 10 foot drops on either side of you.
  • One of my favorite hikes in the Pacific Northwest. Unbeatable views in the beginning and at the summit - especially on a clear day. Moderately strenuous, a good distance to feel like you got some exercise. The trail from the north is a bit more steep and a mile or two longer than coming from the south.
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