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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.

Easy hike and worth the visit, very unique!

Beautiful views and benches to sit and enjoy for a while. Loved the lighthouse and reading about the history.

Loved this hike. Went during the week with my boyfriend and we had the place to ourselves. Easy hike, beautiful views.

A bald eagle flew into my frame while I was taking pictures from the cliff side. What could be better?

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5 months ago

A warning to older folk, this trail can be deceptively difficult. It's all downhill on the way there, which is nice - but it can be a difficult hike back up the paved path. It's not bad for anyone without physical ailments.

hiking
5 months ago

I wouldn't call this a hike - more like a stroll. However, the Octopus Tree is awesome. The pictures online are an accurate look at the tree, but you still have to see it in person.

Fun lighthouse near Tillamook, OR.

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7 months ago

Really cool tree by Cape Meares Lighthouse.

Quick hike -- great views..

Enjoyed this hike. Most of the path was well-worn, but a spot or two could have used a machete trimming. There are a few spots where it is slippery/muddy if it's been raining, and a small portion of the trail was narrow and crumbling down the steep slope, you have good shoes on right? The final decent to the beach involves an assist rope down the last 20 feet to the beach. Well worth the trip.

My kiddos love this stop

Great for kids!

Beautiful!!

This trail is not really that difficult, though it does require either stepping in some pretty deep mud or maintaining your balance along the edge. Not a smooth and well-maintained path, but I think it was great fun, and it has a lovely, secluded rocky beach at the bottom.

not the hardest, but very scenic. lots of character. been going to this one since i was in grade school, simply amazing

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Definitely worth it! It may be short, but it is quite enchanting seeing the old growth Forrest!

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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Great trail exciting and fun to hike, not that hard wear good shoes though can be slippery

Monday, September 12, 2016

Great easy scenic loop.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

it's is NOT a loop. it is down-n-up. it is narrow and frequently steep. it is 100% downhill so it's 100% uphill. there are only 2 or 3 places you can see the water or have any view at all beyond the greenery immediately around you. it was slick enough in places that i traversed sections on my butt. best of all, it was closed before you got to the beach.

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