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.
Hubby and I tried to do this trail after Cape Lookout this past weekend 2/12 and made it about 3 miles out before the spit was pretty much under water. Most of the beach was inaccessible with the tide and it being so rocky. I thought I might have gotten the wrong directions but GPS said I was in the correct area. We will attempt it in the summer.
David T. on Cape Lookout Trail
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.
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.
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.