Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

walking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Really short, worth seeing the tree.

Beautiful views. Busy but not overly crowded.

3 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.

hiking
4 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.

hiking
6 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.

hiking
6 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

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.

road to the lighthouse is currently closed

hiking
7 months ago

Trail was washed out a couple places requiring a little bit of agility over trees and down small cliffs but rewarding to get to the beach. Main trial to beach was closed but there was an alternate trail available. Rocky but nice beach at bottom.

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.

Friday, October 06, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

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

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