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A must-see when driving the Three Capes Scenic route, Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is situated on a headland 200 feet above the ocean. Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda are the other two capes on this route. Cape Meares provides an excellent view of the largest colony of nesting common murres (the site is one of the most populous colonies of nesting sea birds on the continent). Bald eagles and a peregrine falcon have also been known to nest near here. The park features tours of an 1890s lighthouse, the Sallie Jacobson Interpretive kiosk and interpretive panels at key viewpoints. Cape Meares has over 3 miles of hiking trails and a mile-long walking trail that winds through old-growth spruce trees (including the uniquely-shaped Octopus Tree). In winter and spring, this park is an excellent location for viewing whale migrations.

during the last week of dec the whales are passing south and the lighthouse is closed. Most of this trail is a road and the loop is only 0.6 miles, stroller accessible.

Beautiful views. Small creeks and tall cliff faces at the shoreline.

Super easy paved trail to lighthouse. Your GPS will try to take you around the bay side to get here but it is inaccessible. Come here from the south side.

Another short and sweet little hike that I have to give 5 stars to for sheer beauty of the ocean and the adorable Cape Meares lighthouse. There’s plenty of benches to sit on so you can stare off into the abyss of the ocean, and a good amount of interpretive signage talking about the local birds. Also plenty of parking and bathrooms. I imagine this gets insanely busy during the summer, but it was raining cats and dogs today, so the visitors were sparse. Critters spotted along the trail: banana slugs

2 months ago

This is short and sweet, but I give 5 stars because this tree is incredible, and the view over the edge is breathtaking. It poured rain on me today, but it was still totally worth it. The waves crashing on the beach below had me feeling all kinds of ways, and the rain was making everything shine! No critters were spotted on this trail, but there was some dinner plate sized mushroom action.

Accessible from the lower parking lot. Easy walk. Impressive tree.

4 months ago

Impressive tree! Definitely worth the short walk.

Quick walk. Worth seeing the 800 yr old tree from the upper parking lot.

Nice short walk

Very nice. Trail was muddy, ended up wearing some on my backside. Rocky beach was a worthwhile payoff. Elk crossing the road as we left.

4 months ago

Did this a while back—will never forget getting down to the beach by rope. Had the place to myself. Very solitary. Saw a banana slug on the way back for good measure :)

Easy trail, fun tour of small lighthouse

Quick and easy

good for kids. cool tree.

5 months ago

Really short, worth seeing the tree.

Beautiful views. Busy but not overly crowded.

6 months ago

We loved the octopus tree and the little lighthouse. We were able to go inside and to the top. The trails weren’t too difficult for our group of ages 9 and older. Would recommend. Beautiful views.

Road is closed.

7 months ago

Took my wife and five kids (3-11) down and back. Trail was in very good shape most of the way. Only had to scramble over a few downed trees and only a couple moderately wet spots but is been dry for the last few weeks. Only issue we had was the last scramble down to the beach. We had to bush whack it 50 yards to the north from where the train came out to actually make it down to the beach. Very rocky as others have stated but fairly private with great views. Just a heads up the road to the trailhead was closed coming in from the north and we had to backtrack and come in from the Netarts side.

We went here back in November. It was a stunning sunny day. The hike is fun and easy and has great views onto the ocean.

9 months ago

Well worth the short walk. What an amazing tree!

Super short and great for kids!

We had a great time on this hillside hike. You get to listen to the waves as you make your way down to a rocky beach. It will be really slick and muddy if it’s raining for you, but after a day with no rain, it was a fun challenge with only a few muddy spots. As others say, there’s a few spots with fallen trees and a few spots requiring a scramble.

9 months ago

If you want to get up to this area you have to take the highway through Netarts and Oceanside. It is closed coming from the northern portion of the loop. As others have noted, this really is more of a stroll, but this tree is really cool. Took our 7 year old and even he was impressed with this tree. You can add in a short walk down to the lighthouse which we did and the whales were very active which was fun to see.

just the right challenge for me and easy for my kids. we were prepared for the mud, and it was a beautiful day.

The road to get to this hike is closed, just want to save everyone the time. Not sure when it will be re-opened.

road to this trail is closed

10 months ago

very difficult. fallen trees on trail that must be scrambled over/under, washed out areas that are very slick. use caution, especially with children and pets, and wear proper shoes and it is possible to make it all the way down to a very rocky but beautiful beach.

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