Backpacker Magazine Portland, OR: Cape Lookout Point 

Watch waves crash and boom, migrating gray whales spout, and huge spruces sway on a 5-mile out-and-back to an incredible oceanside overlook.


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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 15 Jun 2007 12:09:36 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: Oregon (OR)
Distance: 5 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 798 ft
Total Loss: 1137 ft
Net Change: -339 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Oregon, Portland, Tillamook
Rating:   1 rating(s) Rate it

One of the few hikes in Oregon that starts high and descends to its turnaround point, this 5-miler drops to an oceanside overlook with incredible views. From the trailhead, head southwest past hemlocks and Sitka spruces, the largest spruce species in the world. After 0.6 mile, the route passes a plaque honoring the 1943 crew of a crashed B-17; look left for great ocean views.

From here, the sometimes-muddy path continues southwest, passing lush green plants that grow on the massive trunks of the Sitka spruces. After 1.5 miles, stop to check out the inspiring vista above a cove, then continue on—an even better viewpoint awaits 1 mile farther. The trail reaches Cape Lookout Point at mile 2.5. Watch for gray whale spouts off the cape near the lighted buoy. (Calves are sometimes spotted directly below point.) Sea lions and bald eagles are a common sight, too. After the nature show, return to trailhead.

-Mapped by Joe Kurmaskie

TO TRAILHEAD: US 26 W to OR 6 W. In Tillamook, turn L onto Main Ave. (US 101 S), then R onto 3rd St. (Netarts Hwy.), following signs to Cape Lookout State Park. From park gate, continue 2.7 mi. to trailhead on R.

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CLT01

Distance: 2.47 mi Points: 202
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Cape Lookout Track

Points of Interest

CLT001

Location: 45.344200, -123.968330
Trail starts behind big sign. Bear left @ Y-junction; this is one of the few hikes in Oregon that actually starts high, then descends to the turnaround point at Cape Lookout. It's only 800 feet, but you'll feel the climb on the return hike.

CLT002

Location: 45.344433, -123.969750
Keep straight; pass hemlocks and Sitka spruces, the largest spruce species in the world.

CLT003

Location: 45.341551, -123.976797
Look left for great ocean view. A plaque honors 1943 crew of a crashed B-17.

CLT004

Location: 45.340005, -123.982118
Trail is muddy in places. Other lush green plants, called epiphytes, grow on the massive trunks of Sitka spruces.

CLT005

Location: 45.339802, -123.983932
Nice overlook to the town of Oceanside. Caution: Sharp cliff drop on left.

CLT006

Location: 45.339342, -123.989028
One of the many boardwalks over muddy patches. Hike switches from deep forest to ocean views and back again.

CLT007

Location: 45.339779, -123.992279
Inspiring vista above cove. An even better viewpoint is 1 mile farther.

CLT008

Location: 45.337984, -123.997407
Continue west along bluff line.

CLT009

Location: 45.337652, -124.006838
Lookout has a chain guardrail and rocks to sit on. Watch for gray whale spouts off cape near lighted buoy. (Calves are sometimes spotted directly below point.) Best times: December-January, March-April. Sea lions and bald eagles, too. After the nature show, return to trailhead.


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