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.

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17 days ago

If you're looking for a beach-combing walk with the welcomed feeling of eternity, this is it. And not just because it's a longish hike but because the view is endless while also never feeling the same. I went in September and I think autumn is the perfect time for this hike. It's not a typical autumn hike for color but the weather is just cooperative enough to probably be comfortable (warm and mostly sunny/dry), and just stormy enough to allow for interesting scenery and photographic opportunities. Check tide tables to be extra safe and allow you to walk on the hard-packed beach as opposed to hoofing it in the loose stuff - unless that's the challenge you want. I love this walk!

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21 days ago

This is a great hike for the family. We did this hike with a 3 and a 4 year old and they did great. The trail is very clear and well maintained until about half way when you start to hit the switchbacks. At this point it gets muddy and there are tons of tree roots. The trees on this hike a huge and grow in all kinds of crazy shapes. At the beginning there is a fallen tree that made a cave under the roots that the kids love. There are a few trees that have "tunnels" under them that are fun to play in.
There are lookouts along the path that allow you to look back to the beach and look down several hundred feet to the ocean. Great hike. Great views. And the plus is that it is close to the Tillamook Cheese Factory were after a long hike you can stuff your face with free cheese and get some ice cream.
I am not sure about the actual trail length. Alltrails.com says that it is 4.6 miles round trip, the trailhead sign says that it is 2.8 miles each way (5.6 miles total), and my GPS says that it was 6.5 miles round trip. Not sure which is right, but either way it was fun.

Great hike! It’s a doozy in the winter months, be prepared to get muddy. I wouldn’t recommend small children. Lots of exposed roots which were great while it was wet and muddy, helped with my footing. The view at the end of Cape Trail is breathtaking! I’d love to go back and hike the North and South trail!

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28 days ago

One of the best coastal trails we have! Easy five-ish mile out and back with a some elevation gain, which you'll feel most on the way back to the trailhead. Expect to get muddy even in summer, especially in winter, and the views are well worth it. The trail is well maintained but not level and in many places tree roots are both a blessing and a curse. Great place to view sea birds as well as ospreys, bald eagles, and an occasional peregrine falcon. Excellent place for whale migration observation in late December and again in mid-March. Good and interesting hike for kiddos who can go the distance. Plenty of people bring their doggos but if your dog doesn't like heights, other dogs, of standing on a cliff near other dogs at the same time, maybe best to leave them home. Also, PLEASE LEAVE THE TRILLIUM ON THEIR STEMS which begin to bloom in February. Picking the flower can irreparably damage the entire plant, requiring years to recover before being able to bloom again. Please help protect them. :)

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1 month ago

The view on the way up is beautiful!

This is one of my absolute favorite trails I’ve discovered in Oregon. The forest and the ocean-doesn’t get much better than that!

This trail is beautiful. One minute you are in lush green forest, the next you are looking out at the ocean and smelling salt air. It does have some steep drop off ledges in points so keep dogs on a leash. It also has patches of thick mud and large tree roots so wear appropriate shoes. It is an out and back trail ending in a beautiful look out point.

Fantastic hike to catch some tiny distant whale spouts and a phenomenal sunset New Year’s Eve. Prepare for mud :)

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2 months ago

Combine this trail with the Cape Lookout trail to get about 10 miles and 2,500' in elevation gain. The trails on the Oregon Coast are beautiful. Just look at the photos and get out there.

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3 months ago

We took a Black Friday hike on this trail and it was gorgeous, we got very lucky with the weather humans have some fantastic views! Definitely would bring someone else here.

great views!

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3 months ago

This was a great hike! 10/10 would recommend. I went in early November for a morning hike. I ran the first mile (it was all downhill) and then after the first lookout point the trail became covered in roots and very muddy and I wasn’t really able to run it. It was still quite easy and really enjoyable. The lookout point was beautiful you can see miles and miles of Ocean and different coastlines along the way. I arrived at 7:30 reached the waypoint at 8:30 (keep in mind I ran the first mile) left the way point around 9:00 and way at my car by 10:30. Then preceded to go to a near by coffee shop in Pacific city to warm up :).

We didn't get to finish the trek to the top due to muddy conditions, but we still enjoyed the views of the beach. The trail was well maintained. We decided it was easy on the way down and maybe a bit more moderate on the way back up.

Loved this hike. It did get a bit mushy in the middle of the hike so I'm glad I wore my boots vs. my tennis shoes!

May 3, 2017
Windy! Stunning views of the Pacific Ocean with opportunities for whale watching. A great and worthwhile side hike if you are doing the Oregon Coast Trail. There is a short but steep trail northbound to Cape Lookout State park which has a great hiker/biker campground.

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4 months ago

May 4, 2017
Awesome walk along the shore north of Cape Lookout SP. Replete with sand dollars, seals and Sandy plovers. The endless of the spit has a great view of the three arches, a group of sea stacks in the mouth of Netarts Bay. A beautiful day hike with ample opportunity for solitude

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4 months ago

Excellent hike

on Netarts Spit Trail

5 months ago

Gorgeous easy walk on the beach.

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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

An amazing trail with wonderful views!

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