Cape Sebastian ... the very name invokes images of early Spanish explorers and long journeys. The cape was named in honor of Saint Sebastian in 1603 by the Spanish navigator Sebastian Vizcaino. The most striking features of this park are its two parking vistas. The parking lots are over 200 feet above sea level. At the south parking vista, you can see up to 43 miles to the north with Humbug Mountain filling the view. Looking south, you can see nearly 50 miles toward Crescent City, California and Point Saint George Lighthouse. A deep forest of Sitka spruce covers most of the park and a 1.5 mile walking trail takes you out to the cape. If you're lucky, the trail will give you a chance to enjoy awe-inspiring views of the gray whales on their migration.

Really a 3 1/2... At the TH to Cape Sebastian the trail forks and this one goes north. I saw it when I did the other trail and decided to do it today in the rain. Very, very nice trail with a lot of diversity in forests and far better than I expected. Equally as good as Cape Sebastian if not better and really enjoyed it. Along the way I also found a section of the Oregon Coast Trail that I will get back to... Most of the climbing was in about a mile that might rate it difficult for some...

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trail ! Must see and must do.

Beautiful views of the rugged coast. There were some blooms remaining yet along the trail. We saw a couple sea lions hanging out at the beach right at the shore line

Good trail that ends with a beautiful overlook of the ocean. Starts out at easier grade than heads down through several switch bakes an ends on the coast.

7 months ago

Great trail. Gradual, steady decent makes this trail fairly easy with rewarding views throughout. Highly recommend it! One of my favorite ones in the area.

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Did it today with my dog Brook. The very beginning isn't much, a couple viewpoints and an asphalt trail, which I strongly dislike. Just past the half way point it turns into a nice trail. The bottom 1/3 has some really good views and is a very beautiful trail. There were quite a few small trees across the trail due to recent storms but easy enough to navigate. There's a short span of crab rope to get you onto the beach safely. Brook loved the beach part as she crashed a few waves. Only met up with 3 people on the trail. The next time up I'll take trail north...

hiking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This hike was beautiful. We didn't make it all the way down, but there were stunning views & the difficulty was just right.

hiking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Great trail! Kind of slippery from rain but absolutely beautiful.

walking
Saturday, May 14, 2016

hiking
Monday, March 28, 2016

Starting from the bottom of the trail is nice, in that is seems to me to be better finishing a hike with a down hill stretch. However, you need to park at the scenic turnout off 101 just to the south of the park, and before it turns up the mountain. It's probably just shy of a mile from there to the ropes that start the trail. At a low tide the beach is wide, at high tide there is some scrambling over a patch of rocks and landslide material always sliding out to the ocean. This, being the start of that season, means there are some small trees down across the trail, none big, and all easy to crawl over. The rope to get on the trail at the bottom is intact, even with the lower post loose. You do need the rope, it's slippery.

hiking
Monday, February 29, 2016

Nice hike. I took the left trail that heads South. Great Views, then some forest, the it opens back up for some more great ocean views. Alot of elevation drop from the top of the cape down to the bottom of the trail so if you are a beginner I would recommend starting at the beach so you can get the up hill part of done at the start of your hike. I found this hike to be easy, but some of my less experienced hiking mates found it a bit more challenging.