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1 day ago

Great hike!

great for newbs and experts alike. a little muddy but hey its oregon and its January. couldn't ask for anything more.

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.

great family hike. can be muddy at times and slippery in some spots. still a great and beautiful hike.

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.

backpacking
8 days ago

easy hike with a wonderful ending!!!

hiking
8 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 forestry and an amazing waterfall.

Nice and easy walk. Nice and clean trail with a few falls. It's cool to be able to go behind the last one and just listen.

Elk on the way auto and on the way back down. Great views along the way of the coast.

pretty falls

hiking
15 days ago

Went and hiked out to the waterfall with my wife on 4 Jan. Trail was muddy is some spots, but nothing severe. The suspension bridge was fun to cross and I enjoyed the lower view of the fall, which is going strong this time of year.

The hike was short and easy, even with the optional North Loop trail. Boots recommended.

Beautiful easy hike. The elevation is gradually and comes on at a steady pace. Took my wife and kids. Ages 5 and 6. My one year old went into my Phil and teds carrier and onto my back. Highly recommended.

Very pretty. Little slippery at parts. Good trail for this time of year.

hiking
19 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.

Nice New Years Day hike. More hikers out than expected. Trail's in great shape for an Oregon winter. As noted by others, some trail markers hard to find.

****THERE IS NO LOOP AT THE END POINT OF THE SHORT OPTION AS THIS TRAIL RECORDING SHOWS, don't waste your time trying to find it. Just turn around****

With that being said this trail was beautiful! Rocky and icy at points. There was snow when we reached certain areas of higher elevation, about an inch. Follows the river for quite some time, passing over many small streams that get bigger as you go on. Very green. Lots of dogs (which I love). We only went about 5 miles (10 total) in and didn't see any signs of any animals. Well saw some coyote prints at the end of our almost 5 mile inward trek, knew they were coyote because no other human footprints anywhere close. I recommend!

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.

lots of side trails and exploring opportunities.

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

hiking
25 days ago

Gorgeous views with the chance of seeing elk along the way.

hiking
25 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.

Amazing!

One of my favorite hikes in Oregon!! Absolutely beautiful from the top. Not too hard. There were a bunch of elk at the top too.

hiking
27 days ago

Hiked in light rain and the trail held nicely. The North Loop was in good shape also. The approach road was easy in a rental sedan: paved all the way and about 16' wide. That said, I wouldn't try to get a camper up here: tight turns, low branches, and very little turnaround space at the trailhead. Loved this hike.

easy 2.6 mile hike. highly recommend it. the waterfall was super pretty and the bridge above it was very neat!

I don’t understand the three star reviews for this hike. It was awesome! Granted, I went in late December when the Falls were raging, and the people were elsewhere. I definitely felt the elevation gain on this one, and was glad for those downhill sections at the end. There was mud, but not terrible considering it’s been pouring rain all week, and it was sprinkling today. Walking behind the Falls was a great experience, and since there was no one else around, we hung out on the bench for awhile. And let’s not forget to discuss the cows. They really are open roaming on the same road where you walk. I highly recommend this hike, and I’m not sure why anyone wouldn’t.

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

Beautiful, went in rainy December and the trail was in good shape.

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