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Cape Meares

(to light and Octopus Tree)
0.6 mile round trip
100 feet elevation gain

Moderate (from beach to Big Spruce)
3.6 miles round trip
500 feet elevation gain

An 1890 lighthouse and an ancient spruce forest top this dramatic bluff. The headland’s name honors British Captain John Meares, who built a fur-trading fort in Nootka, Alaska and sailed south in 1788 questing for the great river of the Northwest. He overlooked the Columbia and turned back here.

For a short stroll to the lighthouse, drive west from ...

For a more substantial hike, drive back ...

Long-distance Oregon Coast Trail trekkers will find ...

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range.

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