Cape Blanco North Shore Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"In contrast to the dense vegetation covering all but the very tip of Blacklock Point, Cape Blanco is bare and windswept. The park occupies much of the nearly 2000-acre former Hughes family ranch, which began as an eighty-acre parcel of land purchased by Irish immigrant Patrick Hughes in 1860. In 1870, Cape Blanco Lighthouse went into operation on the point— the oldest operating lighthouse on the Oregon coast, the westernmost light in the forty-eight contiguous states, and, at an elevation of 245 feet, the highest in Oregon as well.
It's nearly seven-foot-tall Fresnel lens is still in use and is visible twenty-six miles at sea. It is open for tours weekends in summer. Cape Blanco offers dramatic hiking. The north shore between the lighthouse and the Sixes River is a natural choice with its panorama of craggy rocks strewn offshore and tide pools at the cape’s tip."