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Go in the winter when water flow is superb!

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.

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.

hiking
7 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!

Great views. Do not go counter clockwise.

Great hike, beautiful views up Elk mtn. However, my gps recorded the loop distance at 8.12 miles, NOT 7. I thought that was an important correction to make!

Very difficult hike indeed with a steep terrain (great for cardio and calf work). There are some spots with views along the way to catch your breath. Took me about 1h30 to get to the top. I hiked in the rain and fog so no idea how the views look like on top (going with clear sky definitively recommended...). Enjoy!

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18 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.

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

during the last week of dec the whales are passing south and the lighthouse is closed. Most of this trail is a road and the loop is only 0.6 miles, stroller accessible.

watch out for high tide, nice trail through a tunnel but can be dangerous if the tide is coming in

Great trail, well marked. Not too much elevation gain. All Trails makes it easy to navigate. As a visitor to the area amazed how close to town. Then ran to Cafe Viola.....yum. Being a Monday morning very few people out so had trails to ourselves.

hiking
24 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.

A little dicey coming off the summit. I can’t imagine going counter clockwise, waaay too steep. Overall a gorgeous hike and it’s nice to end with an easy walk down by the water.

Went ccw was so happy I did, walking sticks required and well supplied by nature. First part will kick your out of shape butt, if you can push trough cardio into a runners high, be prepared to use your hands, and go down steep rocks butt first. After the peak expect your heart to break as it is just enough, up and down. After half way it smooths into a atv sized trail, all down hill, save your joints and use some walking sticks found along side the trail.

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

Beautiful little hike even in the rain.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun and challenging hike. This trail is rocky, root filled, and narrow. the density of the forest was great. I started early in the morning and did not see any other hikers for hours. Great views from the top with an iconic notebook at the top. take a good lunch and give yourself some time to read through that notebook for a funny read.

Here is my video from my hike - https://youtu.be/jiPpPWa9lAk

Travelers info:
Forest Pass: NO
Parking Fee: NO
Drive from Portland: 1.5 hours

Enjoy the trails!

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
1 month 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.

Solid hike - love the fall colors - a lot of people and a little too much road noise but so easy to get to from Dtn Portland. Trails well maintained and well marked

hiking
2 months ago

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

I couldn’t record this hike, as the app will not allow me to record routes if I’m not connected to the internet to log into my account? I’m not sure if that’s a bug or a feature....

Anyways, this hike is a delight. I was able to Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and just the crest of Mt. Rainier. But don’t let the mileage fool you. I started this hike at noon and had to race down Kings Mountain Trail to beat the sunset. You don’t want to caught night hiking on these slopes.

Super easy paved trail to lighthouse. Your GPS will try to take you around the bay side to get here but it is inaccessible. Come here from the south side.

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