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 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.

we did this trail Jan. 12, 2019 and we were blessed with amazing clear blue skies. The trail would be good for kids 8+. For being the middle of winter, the trails were in wonderful condition. so nice that it felt like the middle of summer. I wore trail running shoes and did just fine.

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!

hiking
17 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!!

hiking
23 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.

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

I rented a yurt at the Cape Lookout campground. The views from the beach there where you can see southern side of the peninsula rival the actual point itself, really a beautiful place.

I left around 9:30am on a Wednesday and didn't see anyone till I got to the trailhead for the point trail. The point trail I saw a few people. Highly suggest doing both trails in one shot, it's only ~9.2 miles though I spent a lot of time going off to the beach. The North Trail itself is IMO more beautiful than the point trail (though you can't beat the end of the point trail of course).

The only dicey part is where you have to climb up a steep point parallel to a waterfall. Wouldn't want to do that if it were raining hard, otherwise it was appropriately moderate. What a beautiful hike!

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.

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.

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.

Beautiful view

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was great! Some ocean views along the way and a superb ocean view (108* view) at the end of the trail. Some parts were pretty muddy and some of the big root sections had little ponds of water so I was glad I wore my extra tuff tall boots. Brought my dog with me and she loved the trail too :-) when we got to the end of the trail it was sunny and warm, felt like summer! Fun trail and definitely would recommend!

My tracker data said it’s actually 5.5 miles but elevation gain is right on. Great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Wear sturdy shoes. The trail is muddy and uneven. There aren't any guardrails along the cliff edges. Not for kids or unleashed dogs.

hiking
2 months ago

Previous reviews are accurate. There’s a boatload of slippery mud, but I went during a drier spell, so it really wasn’t too terribly bad. And there’s the tree roots. So many tree roots. I definitely felt the elevation gain at the end, but this is a doable hike. The view was gorgeous along the trail, but at the end, all I saw was fog. That being said, I’d still highly recommend this trail. Critters spotted along the way: one snake, one banana slug, and a couple chipmunks. This is one of those trails where everyone goes, so be prepared for lots of people and lots of dogs.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike. Was a bit muddy in places, so I’m glad to have done it after a dry weather stretch. Can’t imagine how slippery and messy it’ll be in the middle of the rainy season! Great views! Couple of scary drop off cliffs, so keep an eye on your kids and pups. Lots of people and dogs. Some uphill and some downhill, but overall quite manageable, even for someone in not great shape :)

backpacking
3 months ago

Excellent hike! The roots and puddles were a bit difficult but all around an amazing hike!! So gorgeous!!!

on Cape Lookout Trail

hiking
3 months ago

The muddiest trail ever. Crazy tree roots. Pretty views. Great for kids and not hard.

walking
3 months ago

Awesome short trails. The kids loved it. Great views.

Great hike. Long but many different terrain

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike. Some beautiful views. Half the trail is very well maintained, the rest is roots and puddles. Went hiking on a rainy September day.

This hike is filled with beautiful views of the ocean as well as the old growth forest. The trail has several areas where the tree roots are quite dominant creating steps in some places and obstacles in others. There are several quite muddy places that require some careful navigation. The only wildlife we saw on this particular day was a couple of snakes. The hike was lovely and enough of a challenge to be satisfying without being overly taxing.

I would highly recommend this hike. The views over the ocean are absolutely stunning. There are some very muddy spots that are not all that easy to traverse, but it's so worth it. I saw one guy trying to go through in flip flops, which I do not recommend. Appropriate water proof footwear is almost an Oregon coast must have. Also the parking lot was overflowing when I arrived about 11am. So, go early.

This hike was okay, great views (even with the fog). But it was SO muddy, wear appropriate footwear, we were ankle deep in mud at a couple points through out the hike. Very crowded but that was expected close to the holiday weekend. We brought our two dogs who are well behaved and were leashes the entire time and encountered a couple off leash dogs, PLEASE keep your dog leashes.

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