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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Love this hike. Love the ocean overlook to whale watch.

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27 days ago

Didn't listen to the warnings of mud as well as I should have. It started out fairly dry at the trailhead with only a few small puddles here and there. At the halfway point that changed dramatically, with deep puddles, mud that tried to take a boot off and covered the width of the trail.

The end point was pretty calming, with an odd little bench to look out in to the sea. Though I actually much preferred the view walking along the cliffside towards the beginning.

Fun trail. Starts out easy but due to heavy rains there are many muddy spots. Lots of up and down hills with roots that make traversing a bit challenging. At the trail head they rate this hike easy to moderate. Starts out easy with groomed trail and last mile becomes moderate with mud and roots. Take your hiking boots!

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1 month ago

I love this place! I will be going back again ❤

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1 month ago

Amazing trail, felt so good to be near the ocean again. Views where exhilirating, breathtaking. Excellent escape from society back into nature. Flowers and plants growing up high on both sides of the trail, felt like a secret garden leading to magical places.

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1 month ago

Loved this hike, yes it is muddy but the views are amazing. Saw lots of wildlife from up top including dolphins, seals, and bald eagles.

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an absolutely beautiful hike. it was super muddy but that's to be expected. I would not rate this trail as easy. There's lots of ups and downs and it can get a little challenging walking 5 miles a to b in the mud. I highly recommend this. we saw 4 to 7 whales, a bald eagle, pelicans, and many more critters. it was a photographer's dream.