According to legends of the Coastal Indians (probably the Nehalem Clan of the Tillamook Tribe), Neah-Kah-Nie (often spelled Neahkahnie) Mountain is seen as a sleeping warrior, waiting to be awakened. In the tribal language, "Ne" means "place of" and "Ekahni" means "supreme deity." Neah-Kah-Nie = "the place of the superme deity."
The mountain, which juts 1600 feet above the beach, plunges into the sea at the north end of Manzanita Beach, bifurcating the beach and causing fog and clouds coming in from the north to be redirected out to sea, to come aground again around Rockaway Beach. This is why Manzanita is often known as "the banana belt" of the North Oregon Coast.
Take a drive north on Highway 101 from Manzanita and stop at any of the pull-off overlooks for spectacular views of Manzanita, the Nehalem Bay Area and, on a clear day, Rockaway Beach and the Twin Rocks arches. The largest turn-out (Neah-Kah-Nie Wayside) has plaques with information on the area, and during whale watching seasons (spring and winter), there are volunteers available to help you spot whales and to explain their migratory habits. Look for the sign "Whale Watching Spoken Here" (and bring your binoculars).
On a clear day, a hike up the mountain is highly recommended for an experience that is both physical and spiritual. The view is stunning beyond description. The hike is approximately 3 miles round trip, with a 900 foot elevation gain.The trail is located off Highway 101 just south of Oswald West State Park on the east side of the highway. Look for the brown sign with a picture of hikers (between mileposts 41 and 42) and turn east onto the gravel road. Approximately 0.4 miles up the road is room for a few cars to park (there is a "Trailhead Parking" sign). The trail starts at the gray post to the left of the parking area.
Click here for an article, "Hidden Treasure of Neahkahnie Mountain" written by J.D. Adams.