Cape Mountain Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Cape Mountain Trail is a 8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Florence, Oregon that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.0 miles
1,879 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running




washed out

6 months ago

13 of us from two hiking groups hiked this trail today. Not far north of Florence, Oregon and a short distance to trailhead. Road off Hwy 101 & is well paved 1 mile up and then gravel with just a couple ruts for two miles to trailhead. Bathroom at trailhead. Corals, hitching posts & water tub for horses. Trail was recently maintained, well marked with maps, etc. Beautiful hike with various trees, a couple creeks to cross, benches to sit, views to see beaches, evidence of elk and possibly bear and there is a meadow & bench to stop for lunch. I would definitely hike here again.

8 months ago

As mentioned the road up turns into gravel for the last 2 miles with potholes. There are short trails to the top with limited view. There is a long loop, Nelson ridge with a limited views. Its rocky with post holes from horses as it is a Horse Camp area. Its weird Mt Biking isn't mentioned but it is a unspoken rule that bikes are allowed here as there used to be a Mt. Bike Group that used these trails a lot and they were the only ones that kept the trails open.

9 months ago

it's just a residential road

10 months ago

Like other people mentioned, the trail map shown is the road up to the trails. The nice things were that there were lots of different trail options of varying lengths and they were mostly well marked. We did about 9 miles and the things I did not like were that the trails started near the top and I don't like starting my long hikes going down. It makes the end a little rough. Also, a bunch of the trails are super overgrown and not well maintained. It also was a lot of the same thing. The forest was pretty, but it was a lot of the same things. Overall it was a fine hike, but not one that I feel the need to go back and do again. The last thing is when I'm hiking that close to the coast, I want to actually be able to see the coast at some point and I wasn't able to because the trees were too thick.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The trail shown here is just the road to the trails, FYI. Drive up 3 miles and go to the Dry Lake Trailhead for lotsa trails and fun. Pretty meadows overlooking the ocean and varied terrain that was fun for sure. Will go back to do some of the other stuff for sure

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Again multiple trails, good fun though. Plan to go back to try the others there

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Several trails on this "mountain" They run through re-forested areas. Some spectacular views of the Oregon Coast. Some steep climbs/drops and maybe wading through small streams, depending on time of year. You can do short distances and longer ones, depending on the route you choose. Worst part is getting there on the 3miles of gravel, pot-holed road towards the top. This date, several parts of trails still covered with storm damaged branches and some mud.