Explore the most popular trails in Cape Lookout State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

The hike itself was great but a good chunk of the trail was inundated with smoke. Quite a shock on the coast in December. I don’t know where it was coming from but it made the otherwise lovely trail very unpleasant.

This was a very peaceful solo hike with intimate forest setting, epic views, and a slight danger of running head on with a cougar. Awesome! Great hike and views, and a decent workout at times. Didn’t run it to a single person on this trail, out and back.

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4 days ago

I expected an epic view at the top of the point. It just wasn’t that great. North trail is far better.

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muddy
11 days ago

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rocky
13 days ago

Nice trail- lots of people and dogs. Pretty views!

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15 days ago

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1 month ago

I’d definitely say this is more moderate than easy. Lots of scrambling over tree roots and today (nov 9) it was Very Very muddy and that made things a bit daunting. The inclines also make this not a normal “easy” hike. I would do it again, but wouldn’t say it’s easy if you’re just starting out.

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1 month ago

The Cape Lookout trail itself features a mix of cold, damp overgrowth and warm, dirty paths near the edge. While the footpath is maintained, it can be argued that it is unkempt in spots due to intensely steep roots that cross over the path. For about 50-100 feet at a time, there will be puddles, mud, and roots to deal with before continuing down the trail comfortably. This can be a problem for those who are not prepared to be hiking. Although this is rated as easy, come prepared for hiking. The payoff will be well worth the trouble.

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muddy
1 month ago

Great trail with awesome views on a clear day! Some muddy spots and definitely requires balance and ability to walk over roots and logs in some areas. Otherwise it was a fairly easy hike.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Fantastic, epic hike. One of the best ways to see an exquisite area of the Oregon Coast. The hike is a good mix of pretty forest areas and cliff side views that are stunning. It was a bit muddy when I went in mid-October, and was on the harder side of easy rated hikes but not too bad. I would highly recommend this trial.

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1 month ago

went up north trail about a mile, then turned back because I became uncomfortable with the narrowness and steepness. I can't believe how beautiful this place is. I was mushroom hunting but did not find too much.

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muddy
2 months ago

What a beautiful hike! I can't wait to do it again in the spring and summer. I will do the north and south trail (which is attached to this trail) also.

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2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Nice views, muddy

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rocky
2 months ago

Such a beautiful hike! The views are fantastic. It is a bit rough though, don't wear flip flops like that one guy I saw. Only mild elevation changes.

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2 months ago

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washed out
2 months ago

Great hike, no wind or clouds at all it was perfect! It is very muddy however, bring your boots! And it says easy but the ground is washed out so there are a lot of roots you have to climb over, therefore not really suitable for the elderly or children.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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