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.

hiking
12 days 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.

Awesome views

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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!!

Nicely groomed trail. Great views!
Moderately challenging. Would be great during whale watching.

on Cape Lookout Trail

hiking
4 months ago

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

walking
5 months ago

Beautiful scenery!

on Cape Lookout Trail

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome views throughout the hike. The last mile is full of huge roots and a bit of mud... Beware.

on Cape Lookout Trail

5 months ago