nature trips





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.

3 days ago

My kiddos love this stop

Great for kids!

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

4 months ago

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

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

Great easy scenic loop.

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.