Three Capes Scenic Loop

Sandlake, Oregon

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A thirty-eight-mile signed drive on a paved highway along bays, wildlife refuges, and three scenic capes. The drive starts in downtown Tillamook. Following Three Capes Scenic Loop signs west, travelers skirt scenic Tillamook Bay and Bayocean Spit, then take Cape Meares Loop Road through a mixed forest to the cape summit. Descending to near sea level at Oceanside the route curves around Netarts Bay and through old-growth forest to Cape Lookout. Taking Cape Lookout Road south through Sandlake’s dunes, it passes the entrance to the vari-colored sandstone cliffs of Cape Kiwanda State Park then finishes with ocean views as it passes through Pacific City. During summer, travelers will enjoy balmy, pleasant days in the sixties and seventies. Although winter days also reach into the sixties, fog and rain often obscure the scenery. Most of the 100 inches of rain the area receives falls between November and March. Special attractions: Historic sites, spectacular coastal scenery, three state parks, Sand Dunes Recreation Area, lighthouses, wildlife, Octopus Tree, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Three Arch Rocks National Bird and Sea Lion Refuge, hang gliding, sailboarding, fishing, hiking, and camping. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

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"A thirty-eight-mile signed drive on a paved highway along bays, wildlife refuges, and three scenic capes. The drive starts in downtown Tillamook. Following Three Capes Scenic Loop signs west, travelers skirt scenic Tillamook Bay and Bayocean Spit, then take Cape Meares Loop Road through a mixed forest to the cape summit. Descending to near sea level at Oceanside the route curves around Netarts Bay and through old-growth forest to Cape Lookout. Taking Cape Lookout Road south through Sandlake’s dunes, it passes the entrance to the vari-colored sandstone cliffs of Cape Kiwanda State Park then finishes with ocean views as it passes through Pacific City. During summer, travelers will enjoy balmy, pleasant days in the sixties and seventies.

Although winter days also reach into the sixties, fog and rain often obscure the scenery. Most of the 100 inches of rain the area receives falls between November and March. Special attractions: Historic sites, spectacular coastal scenery, three state parks, Sand Dunes Recreation Area, lighthouses, wildlife, Octopus Tree, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Three Arch Rocks National Bird and Sea Lion Refuge, hang gliding, sailboarding, fishing, hiking, and camping. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Sandlake
Distance: 38
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Cape Lookout State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Three Capes Scenic Loop

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May 2018