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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.

hiking
13 days ago

Fun lighthouse near Tillamook, OR.

hiking
1 month ago

Really cool tree by Cape Meares Lighthouse.

on Octopus Tree Trail

1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

My kiddos love this stop

Great for kids!