By far Rockaway Beach’s largest resident is a mammoth Western Red Cedar. This rare treasure is 49 feet in circumference, making it among one of Oregon’s largest trees. It resides inside a 45-acre old growth Cedar wetlands preserve in the coastal forest behind Rockaway Beach. An easy trail leads less than a mile through a boggy area of giant trees, ending at a boardwalk platform that surrounds the colossal Western Red Cedar.
Take Washington Street, which is right off Highway 101, and head away from the ocean toward Island Street. Turn left on Island, and there you’ll find the trailhead.