Cape Lookout

Cape Lookout

  • Moderate (to tip of cape)
  • 4.8 miles round trip
  • 400 feet elevation gain

  • Moderate (to south beach)
  • 3.6 miles round trip
  • 800 feet elevation gain

  • Easy (shuttle to picnic area)
  • 2.3 miles one way
  • 800 feet elevation loss

Like an unfinished dike to Hawaii, this narrow, cliff-edged cape juts 2 miles straight out into the Pacific Ocean. At the trailhead atop the cape, hikers have three choices: walk out to the viewpoint at the cape’s tip, descend to a secluded beach at the southern base of the cape, or amble north along the bluffs to the state park’s popular picnic area and campground. The trails have muddy spots unsuitable for tennis shoes.

The cape itself dates back 15 million years, when lava flows from Eastern Oregon poured down the Columbia River and fanned out. All along the northern Oregon Coast, tough remnants of that massive basalt flood have survived to form headlands and islands.

From downtown Tillamook, head …

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