Cape Meares Trail

Cape Meares, Oregon 97141

Cape Meares Trail

Cape Meares Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The section of Oregon Coast Trail stretching between the top of Cape Meares and the beachside community (also called Cape Meares) at the base of the cape offers day hikers several options.

Make a one-way hike up (or down) between the town and the top of the cape, or make the same hike round trip. Or skip the heart-pounding walk up the cape by starting in town and making a gentle 2.1-mile low-elevation loop linking the High Tide Trail with a walk down the beach. Atop the cape, a short stroll leads to a massive example of the definitive north coast tree, the Sitka spruce."

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"Cape Meares, located in Cape Meares State Park, is one of three scenic capes along the Three Capes Scenic Highway—the other two capes are Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda. A hike here includes numerous opportunities to view seabirds and migrating gray whales. Other attractions include the Cape Meares Lighthouse, which was built in 1890; old-growth Sitka spruce trees; spectacular ocean views; and abundant wildlife and coastal forestland.

Plan on spending the better part of a day here and be sure to bring your binoculars. Trail surface: The Cape Meares Lighthouse and Octopus Tree Trails are paved, wheelchair-accessible out and backs; the Big Spruce Tree Trail is a level, forested-path loop."

"A steep trail leads from the beach and up to the top of Cape Meares, but it is accessible only at low tide.

Day hikers can use it to get some exercise and visit the big trees and historic lighthouse and viewpoint without a long drive. Just watch your timing or you could find your return along the beach blocked by the high tide."

"Cape Meares, located in Cape Meares State Park, is one of three scenic capes along the Three Capes Scenic Highway—the other two are Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda. A hike here includes numerous opportunities to view seabirds and migrating gray whales.

Other attractions include the Cape Meares Lighthouse, which was built in 1890; old-growth Sitka spruce trees; spectacular ocean views; and abundant wildlife and coastal forestland. Plan on spending the better part of a day here—and be sure to bring your binoculars."

"The highlight here is the 1890 lighthouse atop the cape. Daily in summer and on spring and fall weekends, visitors can enter and get a close-up view of its huge crystal Fresnel lens, which was hand ground in France in 1887.

It’s no longer in service; instead, an automated beacon activated in 1963 shines from a concrete block house just behind the old lighthouse tower. The cape may be even better known for an oddity called the Octopus Tree: a massive Sitka spruce with six arms instead of a central trunk."

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Trail Information

Cape Meares
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
4.5
Distance
900 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Hiking
Additional Use
Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
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