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.
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!
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.
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.
Hiked the peninsula in late March, we were welcomed by a beautiful clear day with fantastic views of the coastline. This was super easy going with just a couple of places on the trail that had scattered roots, which only added to the beauty of the hike (watch your footing though). Easy enough to bring my pup along and I will be coming back!!
Jessica P. on Cape Lookout Trail
This hike was great. A good balance challenge with roots and rocks, and quite a bit of mud. The views along the trail are beautifully amazing however the final end point is quite disappointing compared to the views you get on the actual trail
This is the longest of the three trails available at Cape Lookout State Park. It was a beautiful hike, despite the cold rain of a November day, Awesome old growth trees and switchback trails eventually provide a scenic view of Netarts Bay and the coastline.