Exploring Oregon's Cape Lookout

Cape Lookout SP

Sandy beach. Beachside campground. Scenic trails. Whale watching.

Cape Lookout is a two-mile long peninsula that juts into the Pacific Ocean from Oregon's rugged coastline.

The park features more than 170 campsites, yurts, rustic cabins, and a day-use area, all located a short walk from the beach.

There are roughly 10 miles of trails ranging from easy to moderate. The 2.6 mile trail to the tip of the Cape is the most scenic and offers views of migrating whales in spring and fall.

Pack List

  • Basic car camping supplies
  • Rain gear
  • Binoculars
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Surfing, Kayaking, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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Left Hand Ocean, Right Hand Forest

This whole hike has amazing scenery! You can see awesome views of the ocean to one side and lush forest to the other. If you are a photographer, there are a couple of great views of the ocean worth snapping. We went in late march, and would definitely suggest bringing your boots as it can be quite muddy.

Whales!

Great little hike. There are nice spots along the lookout to plop down and enjoy a picnic and if the seasons right watch the whales.

First Oregon hike!

My husband and I decided on this little adventure after seeing it on Outdoor Projects Best Day Hikes in Oregon. It was such a great first hike out here. Awesome views of the coast to the North and the south. Super sweet cliff drop offs to make your stomach flip a little. :) it was early February when we went so the trail was a little muddy, but I'd suspect that has since dried up. Not a difficult trail at all. Lots of weaving from one side of the cape to another so you don't feel a significant elevation change. And when you're done, drive into Pacific City and grab a bite to eat and a beer at Pelican Brewery and watch the sunset behind the haystack at Cape Kiwanda.


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