Cape Lookout State Park can be reached by traveling an hour and a half west of Portland through the scenic Wilson River pass. Along the way, stop and enjoy waterfalls, scenic views and some great fishing. A popular campground and day-use area, Cape Lookout is located on a sand spit between Netarts Bay and the ocean, giving you a terrific view of the ocean with easy access to the beach. Beachcombing is popular here, and the park is reputedly a good place to find glass floats. More than eight miles of hiking and walking trails wind through a lush old-growth forest. The Cape Lookout trail follows the headland for more than 2 miles. A bench is located at the end of the trail. Enjoy the view! You might see a whale or two along with other wildlife. Two walking trails -- a nature trail and the Jackson Creek trail -- are perfect for a shorter jaunt. The nature trail gives you a close-up view of native trees and other plants. Numbered markers are keyed to a trail guide. The Jackson Creek trail starts with an interpretive panel describing the local salmon restoration project. Be sure to look up when you visit this park ... hang gliders and paragliders fill the air with colorful wings as they catch thermals and rise to dizzying heights. Along with Cape Kiwanda and Cape Meares, Lookout is part of the Three Capes Scenic Route.

on Cape Lookout Trail

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5 days ago

Out with the family. Beautiful views. I can see why hiking in the winter is a great time to go. Sun is low in the AM making the place seem dramatic.

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20 days ago

Hiked this trail on Jan 1, 2017 with my 10 and 13 year old daughters along. It's a great hike to do with active kids. Lots of turns, varied terrain and great views to keep them interested. Great little side trails with spectacular photo ops if you're extra careful.

The parking lot was nearly full when we arrived (and it was snowing!), but the trail didn't "feel" crowded; perhaps because you could never see very far ahead of where you were (twists and turns). It was in the high 30's when we started the hike...but then the sun broke out and we nearly baked on the cliffs. Wear layers and be prepared for weather / temperature changes. Also - the 2nd half of the trail was extremely muddy and covered in roots you have to climb through carefully. You'll be happy you wore your waterproof trekking boots if you like the extra support and dry feet. With that said, I saw several trail runners go by in both directions. My girls wore trail running shoes and wool socks and, despite wet feet, were happy.

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1 month ago

I think this has to be one of my favorite trails. Very fairytale like, I went when there was a minimal amount of people and got lost in a sea of green, lost figuratively. It has beautiful views, definitely worth it and very easy quick hike.

Beautiful view of the coastline at the end. I would do it again.

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2 months ago

Awesome views

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3 months ago

Love this trail! Incredible views of the coastline. Did this hike on a road trip in July and the trail was so lush and green! The soil was dark, mossy, and rich with ferns and wild berries and flowers. The surrounding forrest is impressive, with lots of large uprooted trees creating mossy caverns, caves and eerily beautiful formations. Bring a camera! The lookout at the end is very pretty, but honestly, the entire trail is equally beautiful and enjoyable. One of my most favorite trails of all time!

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3 months ago

Amazing hike. Be ready for rain -- the cape seems to generate its own micro-climate. Trail is well-maintained and easy to follow. There are several points with great views of the ocean, and the foliage along the trail is amazing, too.

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3 months ago

The last quarter of the trail was covered in mud and roots slick with mud. Made navigating a bit precarious, saw many people without proper footwear turn back.

Treking poles made navigating the roots/mud easier. The views are worth the muddy walk :) this was a beautiful and fun hike.

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5 months ago

The first half of the hike was great!! Right after the view point the trail started to get lots of roots and water. Very muddy the second half. Went with small kids and it just got risky for our group. But the first half was still almost 3 miles round trip and we loved that part.

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5 months ago

A good trail for getting off the beaten path, easy for most everyone, some mud but mastly well maintained

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5 months ago

Beautiful views all along this trail. last part has roots and some mud. no big deal. The views are worth it.