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muddy
17 hours ago

great trail with an amazing beach at the end. I did it on a very rainy and windy day. the trail was super muddy. I'll need to come back on a much warmer much sunnier day.

This was a great hike. it was rainy and windy but there was no one else around.
The trail itself was muddy (as of Jan 18 2019) but it wasnt anything anyone who wanted to experience this place would regret.
I do see a lot of people who complain about roots growing up in the trail. I don't mind ot one bit, but those who do probably won't like this trail.

Caught this trail on a sunny winter day and it was perfect. I took the inland route straight up, which was wide and fairly straight, and full of old growth sitkas. I walked out to the lighthouse view and listened to the huge tides crashing below. Continued the loop down along the coastline and caught a number of different views of the sunset. Western trail was way more interesting with twists and turns and different vegetation. Highly recommend!

hiking
5 days ago

Phenomenal hike!!! It was warm and sunny in January!!! Lots to see in the first and gorgeous views of the cape and ocean! There some slight up and down. There were some muddy spots but kind of fun to try and get over. At least that’s what my 12 year old step son said. Bring good hiking boots. Great for the family!_

Wonderful trail, very pleasant. Hiked today with two dogs. There are two large muddy spots and a few small ones. The beach is almost empty.

Beware:
(1) No sign at the trailhead to indicate the trail name. Look for a wooden post with an arrow sign pointing left.
(2) The last step to the beach is ugly. Due to erosion it's about a 2' drop from the bottom of the wood steps onto sand.

There's a second trail further south along Crescent Beach that connects to the Cannon Beach trail. It probably adds 0.4 miles to the hike, but it's a much better option with dogs or young children and it makes for a pleasant loop.

we did this trail on Jan. 12 under gorgeous blue skies and a warm breeze from the south. it felt like June! we saw 2 whales and several commercial crabbing boats. there was some thick mud over a small portion of the trail but it was manageable in trail running shoes. we did see some people in pristine Chuck Taylors starting on as we were headed back. not a good shoe choice.

we started from the campground and hiked up the North trail and hooked into this trail. the cape trail is very heavily trafficked on a weekend making our favorite trail the North trail.

Beautiful densely forested hike with occasional stunning views of the ocean. We went up the Eastern side of the hike which followed a creek for part of the way then traveled along ferns and spruce (some impressively large!); steep, wide, and even. Stopped to go out to the viewpoint of the lighthouse at Hiker's Camp; definitely recommend. The Western side was much rougher and narrower with several downed trees over the trail and some slick muddy parts. Towards the end there were several show stopping views of Indian Beach and even Haystack Rock in the distance. Indian beach was the perfect after-hike hangout to eat our lunch. We hiked with a baby and toddler and had a great time. (Note! the trail down to Indian beach had very large driftwood logs piled up at the base and required some climbing; tricky but doable with the kids)

We set off from the Seaside trailhead on a crisp, clear New Year’s Eve morning, around 8:30 am, and made it to Cannon Beach city center in about 6 hours, covering about 10 miles in total (26,000 steps). There were many points along the trail with spectacular vistas. Some of this may be obscured by foliage during spring and summer months because we noticed a lot of bare deciduous trees along the way. We loved the variety of forestation we encountered. There were some very muddy areas, and several of the boardwalks placed over them were weakened or broken. Largely a well kept trail, however. Hiker’s camp, the WW2 bunker, and Indian Beach were highlights of the day. We hardly encountered a soul until we got to that point. The only disappointment was that the trail from Indian Beach to Ecola Point is closed, so we chose to hike the road back. Other reviews suggest that it’s passable, but we didn’t want to risk it. Hopefully this portion opens back up; we’d definitely do this one again!

hiking
5 days ago

We did this hike late on a gorgeous winter day. Made it to the lookout just as sunset arrived. I would rate the trail easy, but there are several very muddy areas, and a lot of roots to navigate. We did it with two kids and a small dog. The traffic as we were going out was fairly heavy. The elevation change wasn’t bad, but much of the return trip is uphill. The views are worthwhile, but there is some work to get back to the trailhead. Very enjoyable!

Beautiful views in the beginning. Pretty trafficked throughout

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful trail!

Hiked June 15, 2018 for the first time. Trail is muddy and slippery in quite a few spots. The trail surface is very irregular- lots of tree knobs and roots so that you had to watch your feet at all times. It might be an easy hike by elevation gain, but the condition of the trail, and attention needed, definitely makes this trail a moderate. The view is beautiful at Cape Falcon.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful! It was pretty muddy towards the beginning of the trailhead and the middle. Me being miss grace tripped right out at the beginning and covered my pants and shoes in mud. Well worth it! It was a gorgeous hike with the best of both worlds. Lots of trees and lush green but also stunning beach.

hiking
15 days ago

On a sunny, chilly New Years day, the trail was incredibly muddy and packed with hikers.

The ocean views are great, and you get several viewpoints during the hike to enjoy along the way.

First time on this trail. loved everything about it the view was breath taking. Didn't see any whales but saw a bald eagle. this walk was led by a ranger. Told some great history information. one suggestion I do have a suggestion there was old and young on this trip he needs to slow down a bit. one person fell trying to keep up. but all in all Awsome hike.

The only thing "wrong" with this hike is it's so easy, anyone and everyone can do it, and they do. It was very busy when I went near the end of October. I usually seek solitude on my hiking endeavors, so this normally would have been a huge turnoff, but overriding all of that is the fact that this is the most magical, mystical hike I've ever experienced in my life. Just incredible.

Not worth so much mud. The trail is in poor shape because it sees heavy use and is naturally muddy. The end viewpoint is nice, but no better than the many nearby roadside pullouts on 101. Not bad, but very, very average.

Truly a beautiful hike. It can be somewhat challenging for some, but the view is breathtaking!!

nice hike, mind the tides

hiking
19 days ago

Fantastic hike with great views! I would do this hike over and over again

hiking
22 days ago

Check out my full review here! www.chasingkirby.com/travel/cape-lookout-trail-hike-oregon/

I hiked the Cape Lookout Trail in September and it was amazing. With only a small amount of elevation gain, most can conquer this fun hike. It took me a total of four hours to complete, including lots of stops for photo ops I just couldn't pass up, plus a 30 minute snack break at the halfway point.

It's perfect for dogs, little kidos, and I saw plenty of retirees making their way along the Cape Lookout Trail at an impressive pace.

The trail starts off going slightly downhill along a well kept dirt pathway. It invites you in with its overgrown, bright polypody ferns in every brilliant shade of green imaginable. Tall Sitka Spruce trees line the path and fill the forest before dropping off at the coastline, stretching straight up into the sky, providing a cool shade for most of the journey.

Here, you will find a true Pacific Northwest wet landscape. The moisture in the air provides the perfect conditions for plant life to flourish in an already teaming forest. Rocks, branches, and entire tree trunks are covered in luscious blankets of soft moss, which sprout even more miniature plants.

Overgrown tree roots tangle themselves across the pathways as you continue along the trail. This may create a slight footing challenge, especially if there's been a recent rainfall like the day I hiked the Cape Lookout Trail. Boardwalks have been placed over the worst areas but I'd still say a good pair of hiking boots will go along way on this hike.

About halfway through the hike, you'll begin to come up to small openings in the brush. You'll only need to take a few steps off the forest trail to be entranced by the magic of the Oregon coast. The vast blue sea stretches all the way from the distant pale beaches to the far-off horizon. Be careful not to get too close to the edge. About a 400ft vertical drop stands between you and the waves crashing below.

You'll reach the furthest point on this out-and-back trail after about 1.5 miles of hiking. As you exit the enclosed forest, the trail will open up to 180-degree views. Here, you will find a lovely stopping point with a bench or rocks to sit on and rest as you enjoy the breathtaking ocean view that expands both to the north and south.

Take some photos and return the way you came.

Started at the north trailhead to hiked south to Clark’s Viewpoint. The hike is pretty dull. There’s nothing remarkable about the forest here compared to anywhere else along the coast. There are limited views for the first four miles and the viewpoints offer obstructed and lackluster views. It’s better to start this from the south trailhead and only go to the viewpoint west of the hikers camp.

hiking
25 days ago

Really pretty trail, and not too crowded. There was quite a bit of mud but that’s to be expected, and the views at the end are fantastic!

You’d be wrong if you didn’t think this was simply the best.

hiking
26 days ago

Somewhat muddy after the rain. But the view was worth the trek.

Nice easy trail if you want to get away from the crowds at Cannon Beach.

Great views. Perfect for a hike with the pups.

hiking
1 month ago

Truly a gem of a trail. Views are amazing and there is some fun biodiversity in the forests/groves/exposed areas that the trail takes you through. It culminates with amazing views of Short Sand Beach and the Pacific.

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.

I loved this hike! So worth it for the view. Great for dogs. Be prepared for a good bit of mud.

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