Best trails in Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon

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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.

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Map of trails in Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon
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Top trails (5)
#1 - Cape Meares Lighthouse Loop
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 12 m
NOTE: as of December 16th 2020, the lighthouse is closed due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=131 A well-maintained paved path with scenic views of beaches, sea birds, and whale migrations that goes by a lighthouse that you can explore inside. There is free admission to the lighthouse. Although the trail surface is paved and typically at least six feet wide, the estimated grade is mostly steep so wheelchair and stroller users may need assistance.Show more
#2 - Cape Meares State Park Loop
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
You'll want to spend an afternoon at this wonderful park. From the viewing area you'll see many seabirds including cormorants, murres, and maybe even puffins. There is a beautiful shoreline to explore. Show more
#3 - Cape Meares Beach Trail
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 36 m
#4 - Octopus Tree Trail
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 11 m
This popular attraction is an unusually large Sitka spruce aptly named for its unique shape. More than 10 feet at its base, it has no central trunk, uncommon for a spruce. Instead, limbs 3–5 feet thick branch out close to the ground. Several other large Sitka spruce trees are visible from the trails, but none is as unusual as the “Octopus Tree.”Show more
#5 - Big Spruce Trail
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m