Lincoln City harbors secrets, ones that only locals typically know about: a promontory with panoramic views and a scenic beach so hidden you’ll only find it at a minus tide.
A meadowy hill on the north end of town, The Knoll boasts breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Lincoln City. The trail leading up to The Knoll is less than a mile long and cuts through forest and fields. Be prepared for a moderately difficult uphill trek.
To find The Knoll’s trailhead from Hwy 101, turn north onto NE Devils Lake Blvd.; follow the road about one mile past a gate until you reach a cul-de-sac. Park on the street, and the trail access to the Knoll is just beyond the road.
Another secret worth exploring is Lincoln City’s hidden beach. It is located at the northernmost point in Lincoln City and can only be accessed at a minus tide. Beachcombers who time it right can walk around a bluff at low tide to discover a secret cove with unique caves and rock formations. One particularly photo-worthy sea stack is called Wizard Rock. Don’t stay too long or you’ll wait for another minus tide to get out of the cove.
To find the hidden beach, go to Road’s End State Recreation Site, walk north on the beach to Road’s End Point. When the low tide allows, walk around the point to the hidden beach. The hike is about two miles round-trip.