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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.

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?

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
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun lighthouse near Tillamook, OR.

hiking
2 months ago

Really cool tree by Cape Meares Lighthouse.

on Octopus Tree Trail

3 months 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.