Cape Lookout Trail is an easy jaunt along the ridge, small ups and downs, and just pleasant all around
Cape Lookout State Park offers everything you’d want from an Oregon coast hike: old-growth forest, secluded beaches, cliff-top views, and wildlife on land, wing, and water.
Three options await at this free trailhead: there’s a 1.8-miler down to the beach, a 2.3-miler down to the picnic area and campground, and a 2.4-miler out to the end of the Cape. They each offer special charms. Here I will describe the best of them, the hike out to the end of Cape Lookout itself, an easy, wooded stroll to a lookout hundreds of feet above the sea.
Nurse” logs with new trees growing on them, and “Widowmakers” hanging over your head. At half a mile out, the trail dips down among some giant hemlock trees, and at 0.6 miles you’ll come to a plaque honoring the flight crew of a B-17 bomber that crashed into the cape just to the west in 1943.
At the tip of the cape, you’re looking 270 degrees around and 400 feet straight down at the crashing sea.
The Stats LENGTH: 4.8 miles round-trip to end of cape, 3.6 miles round-trip to South Beach, 4.6 miles round-trip to picnic area.
HIKING TIME: 3 hours to end of cape, 2.5 hours to South Beach, 3 hours to picnic area.
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