"Like most of the capes on the Oregon coast, Cape Lookout is built of basalt. Lava from volcanoes hundreds of miles to the east emerged some 15.5 million years ago, spread out, and followed stream valleys over what was then a very low Coast Range.
Today Cape Lookout is a narrow, steep-sided promontory extending nearly 2 miles due west into the Pacific; the trail that leads to its tip is a great hiking destination and popular year-round." Read more
"From the top of Cape Lookout you can hike 1.9 miles down to a secluded beach with a small tidepool area. With a shuttle car, you could continue down the beach to Sand Beach Campground.
Take the left-hand trail leading out of the trailhead parking area and, in about 75 yards, make a sharp left turn down the hill at the junction with the beach trail." Read more
"This stretch of the Oregon Coast Trail serves day hikers and thru-hikers as a link from the state park's sea-level campground to the top of Cape Lookout and the trail west to the cape's tip.
Various spur trails through the day-use area confuse the trail's beginning. Look for a gravel service road crossing Jackson Creek that eventually leads onto a narrow footpath." Read more
"This ramble through a lush coastal forest of rare old-growth Sitka spruce leads to the end of scenic Cape Lookout in Cape Lookout State Park. Along the way there are magnificent views of Cape Meares to the north and Cape Kiwanda to the south. Gray whales can be seen in December, January, March, and April as they near the cape on their semiannual migrations. The trail can be muddy during the winter and spring months." Read more
"From the top of Cape Lookout you can hike 2 miles down to a secluded beach with a small tide-pool area. Continue your hike down the beach before returning, if you like, or arrange for a shuttle car at Sand Beach Campground." Read more
"This stretch of the Oregon Coast Trail serves day hikers as a link from the sea-level campground to trails taking off from atop Cape Lookout. Between the campground and the picnic area is a 0.25-mile loop hike designed for young children, with sixteen marked stations identifying plants and forest processes. Pick up a trail guide brochure at the campground registration booth. A second short loop trail along Jackson Creek trail has a panel explaining fish habitat restoration efforts here; look for it off the park entrance road east of the RV dump station." Read more
"The Cape Lookout Trail to the western tip of Cape Lookout is the most popular of the hikes that tour the cape. This was once a vast wetland, where five rivers met to form an estuary. Dikes and drainage tiles have turned it into world-class dairy land. This has produced some yummy cheese but has also badly degraded the water quality of Tillamook Bay and created major flood hazards. Recent years have seen efforts by the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (www.tbnep.org) to restore the bay and strike a new balance between economy and ecology." Read more
"Cape Lookout, a steep-cliffed promontory extending nearly 2 miles due west into the Pacific, is a wonderful destination for hikers, with more than 7 miles of trail connecting miles of open beach. This hike to the tip of the cape and back is the most popular year-round. The 400-foothigh viewpoint at the end of the trail is considered one of the best sites for whale-watching on the Oregon coast. Gray whales may pass as close as 100 yards, but binoculars always improve viewing. Be prepared for mud on the trail in rainy periods." Read more
"This ride is dominated by three major climbs over three capes. The first climb, over Cape Lookout, begins as soon as you leave the campground. The second climb, over Cascade Head, occurs near the midpoint of the ride. The third climb, over the aptly named Cape Foulweather, awaits you at the end of the day. All three capes are forested and views are hard to come by. However, numerous highlights along the other sections of the ride ensure that you will not miss this area’s outstanding scenery. Plan an early start to allow extra time for a stop at Cape Kiwanda (the third cape on the Three Capes Scenic Route). The cape is a fascinating place; boats are launched directly into the surf, hang gliders take off from the sand dunes, and surfers challenge the waves. From the parking lot, a short walk over sand dunes leads to one of the greatest photography spots on the Oregon Coast." Read more
"This route travels through a lush coastal forest of rare old-growth Sitka spruce to the end of scenic Cape Lookout in Cape Lookout State Park. Along the way there are magnificent views of Cape Meares to the north and Cape Kiwanda to the south. Gray whales can be seen in December, January, March, and April as they near the cape on their semiannual migrations. Cape Lookout, part of 2,000-acre Cape Lookout State Park (host to a campground, scenic Netarts Spit, and a variety of plants and animals), is a spectacular headland made up of a series of lava flows fifteen to twenty million years old. Jutting into the ocean like an arrowhead, its 400-foot cliffs are regularly pounded and carved by rhythmic waves and currents." Read more
"The narrow and rugged ridge of Cape Lookout stretches 1.8 miles into the Pacific Ocean. The top of the cape is mostly timbered but the sides are steep to vertical cliffs that drop hundreds of feet into the wild Pacific surf. Along the hike to the end of the cape, many viewpoints offer vistas of the ocean and its beaches. About 0.5 mile west of the trailhead, a short distance to the right (north) of the trail is the site of a 1943 plane crash." Read more
"Descend the South Trail from Cape Lookout Trailhead to a somewhat secluded beach 800 feet below. This hike offers tremendous views of the steep and rugged south face of Cape Lookout. The entire hike is through dense coastal forest." Read more
"Along the way, there are views of the Netarts Spit to the north, as well as a nice stream for cooling off." Read more
"When you park at this trailhead, you’ll have three options to choose from, and it’s all downhill from here.
Of course, you’ll have to come back uphill to get to your car, but even the 800-foot climb from the beach is so well graded, you’ll hardly be winded when it’s done. (On our elevation profile for this hike, I’ve included the beach route and the cape route.)" Read more