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.

This hike has the best views for the effort of the 3. If you are planning on doing multiple trails in this grouping don't leave out the South Trail and try to time it to be there at low tide.
If you do only one trail make it Cape Lookout.

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10 days ago

An amazing trail with wonderful views!

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16 days ago

Beautiful hike! The elevation is not accurate on the description. I believe it is half of what it states, probably around 1100ft.

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18 days ago

it was an awesome day with the girls

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24 days ago

Great trail, however there is still mud for about .5 miles in the middle, probably due to the natural springs. You will get muddy, no way around it! Views along trail are nice, and End is anti-climatic!

Solid and fun hike: not strenuous. As wet as I've ever seen the trail and some heavily rooted secretions that had changed markedly for the worse since I'd last hiked the trail in 2010. Still, a fun hike.