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The blazing on the trail is confusing and there is excessive wear in different spots. What is particularly confusing are the little connecting trails and some of the old trails. I hiked this trail many times over the last three years and the marking situation on the trail seems to have deteriorated, but it was never really good. Don't get me wrong, it's a really beautiful trail and it has the potential to be an outstanding trail especially if they made a clear loop of it instead of the kind of the hodgepodge that it is now. I will see about volunteering - if they want someone to work on the trail and especially if they would like to figure out some way to make it consistent and the blazes clearer.

Pretty muddy most of the year so bring some good hiking boots and an extra towel if you have a 4 legged companion! Otherwise, the views are spectacular are more than you could ever ask for a hike under 5 miles and essentially no elevation again.

Really fun and fairly easy trail! I will say that the second half of the trail becomes very, very rooted. I went the day after it rained and it was very slick and muddy in some spots, so make sure you bring a pair of sturdy shoes that are waterproof.

I only saw a couple of other people on the way out (started at 10:30am Sat), but ran into many groups of people coming back. Parking lot was full when I left at 1pm.

Also, beware of the lifting chain link on the trail if you bring a dog or small child. Some parts of the links were lifted and could have cut a paw or tripped a kid. Would not suggest letting your dog off leash, although many people did let their dog roam free.

Overall a nice hike with great views. Recommend getting there early and coming prepared for mud.

Beautiful views of the Osage with benches and viewing platforms. No trail blazes but the path is well worn and easy to keep track of. I went counter clockwise so bear views were toward the end as was the steady incline.

Fantastic hike. Unbeatable views of the great Pacific. We saw jelly fish and sea lions! My fiancé completed this entire trail 6 months pregnant! The roots are intense at times but it’s not bad if you take it slow. We were blessed with perfect weather! Here is a video of our hike - https://youtu.be/rkmfI9EKhFg


If the link does not work search “Dabai’s Adventures” on Youtube.

Enjoy the trails!!!

Cheers!

hiking
23 days ago

Did this in March and the views are to die for. So many whales!!! Gorgeous views. Can be muddy and lots of exposed roots.

hiking
27 days ago

Lush green trail. About 30 minutes in you get a spectacular view of the coast! Definitely want to do more of this trail.

hiking
27 days ago

This was my first time in Forest Park and I thought that the parking lot by the audubon society and nature store was the official place to begin all the trails....it's not. The trails that take off from the nature store/gift shop are just a short loop that never take you out of earshot of the highway. Jay trail is the "large" loop in this system (there is also Woodpecker trail and Wren trail that cut across the loop). The Jay trail does not connect with the greater trails of Forest Park (like Wildwood trail). It's a closed system.

That being said, if you have small kids (I passed a boy scout troupe), this is a great trail. Easy, wide, access to a small pond, a few wooden bridges, etc. Note that dogs are not allowed on these loop trails, even if they're leashed. Not really sure why, but there was a sign about it.

So if you're looking for a trail that really puts you in the woods and away from people for several miles...this isn't it. Otherwise, it's a great trail for kids.

Beautiful view

This trail was great! Some ocean views along the way and a superb ocean view (108* view) at the end of the trail. Some parts were pretty muddy and some of the big root sections had little ponds of water so I was glad I wore my extra tuff tall boots. Brought my dog with me and she loved the trail too :-) when we got to the end of the trail it was sunny and warm, felt like summer! Fun trail and definitely would recommend!

My tracker data said it’s actually 5.5 miles but elevation gain is right on. Great hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun, easy, well groomed trail which takes you from a parking area on Hwy 101 to Short Sand Beach. The beach is small and beautiful. Lots of dogs and surfers, and usually pretty busy. You can access other trails in the area from this one.

Nice trail with good overlook. It was surprising busy. Saw eight different people. Most were bikers climbing up to the overlook form the Katy trail.

Great little trail with overlooks of the Osage river. Well maintained, well layed out. I would hike counter clockwise.

hiking
1 month ago

Wear sturdy shoes. The trail is muddy and uneven. There aren't any guardrails along the cliff edges. Not for kids or unleashed dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

Previous reviews are accurate. There’s a boatload of slippery mud, but I went during a drier spell, so it really wasn’t too terribly bad. And there’s the tree roots. So many tree roots. I definitely felt the elevation gain at the end, but this is a doable hike. The view was gorgeous along the trail, but at the end, all I saw was fog. That being said, I’d still highly recommend this trail. Critters spotted along the way: one snake, one banana slug, and a couple chipmunks. This is one of those trails where everyone goes, so be prepared for lots of people and lots of dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. Was a bit muddy in places, so I’m glad to have done it after a dry weather stretch. Can’t imagine how slippery and messy it’ll be in the middle of the rainy season! Great views! Couple of scary drop off cliffs, so keep an eye on your kids and pups. Lots of people and dogs. Some uphill and some downhill, but overall quite manageable, even for someone in not great shape :)

backpacking
1 month ago

Excellent hike! The roots and puddles were a bit difficult but all around an amazing hike!! So gorgeous!!!

Nice view. Take the trail down to the MKT to see the natural arch to the west.

2 months ago

Like to get all my dog out here.

Lightly trafficked my butt! Love this trail.

on Cape Lookout Trail

hiking
2 months ago

The muddiest trail ever. Crazy tree roots. Pretty views. Great for kids and not hard.

Nice loop, take it clockwise.

Lots of ticks. Well maintained. Nice hike.

walking
2 months ago

Awesome short trails. The kids loved it. Great views.

It’s a really nice short trail with a wonderful overlook at the end. The eagles never disappoint and put on an air show when I sit there quietly. You can access from Katy trail or walk from a small parking lot which was hard to find the first time I went there.

Great hike. Long but many different terrain

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for small kids and families. Gorgeous secluded beach with surfers! In Oregon! Will be back.

The trail was nice, but very hard to find (not well marked). Lots of birds around the overlook though

Nice & flat area with native plants in abundance in summer before the parks dept. mows them down. Abundant birds in summer months also.

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