Hike of the Month - The Oregon Coast's Cape Lookout
The Oregon Coast, like the rest of Oregon, is full of jaw-dropping scenic hiking trails. One of our favorites is tucked away into a state park that's popular with locals but barely known by tourists. Oregon's Cape Lookout State Park has several trail options, but our favorite not only provides some of the most stunning vistas along the coastline, but it's also one of the more accessible trails. At only 5 miles round-trip with minimal elevation gain, the Cape Trail within this park is comfortable for even the most amateur of hikers.
Hikers who opt for this trail will get the most bang for their boots. The trail itself meanders back and forth on an ocean cape that juts out into the Pacific. As you hike along the path, you'll get views of Oregon's sea cliffs and crashing waves for miles. In the winter, you'll be serenaded by the deafening, but unique sound of murres, sea birds who nest and hide out on the cliffs below the trails. You might not see them, but you can't miss their distinct call that sounds like a herd of dying cats (I promise it's just the murres!).
But even better, in early winter and again in late spring, you'll get to witness the spouting waters from the gray whales that migrate in the distance of this area. You might not catch the whales themselves, but seeing them spout water into the air above the ocean is quite a phenomenal sight to see.
The end of this out-and-back trail is also the end of the cape, where there is a cleared area that includes a bench to sit back and enjoy the view for a while before heading back on the trail the way you came. It's a good spot for a picnic, or just to bask in some of Oregon's most breathtaking views.
To top off how spectacular the Oregon Coast is, the climate in this region is mild and temperate. With steady mild year-round temperatures, when Portland is too hot in the summers, the Coast is a cool oasis, and when Portland is too cold in the winters, the Coast is a warm haven, making this area perfect for hiking no matter the season.
Beyond Cape Lookout State Park, there's a myriad of activities to provide a full Oregon adventure. The town of Tillamook sits just fifteen minutes away, home to the world famous Tillamook Creamery where you can sample their renowned cheeses and indulge in ice cream flavors that are hard to find anywhere else.
For those of the more mature crowd, Pelican Brewing serves up their award-winning craft beer in the heart of Tillamook's downtown. Those who aren't quite 21 yet have no need to feel left out - the brewery also serves delicious pub fare with a coastal touch (fish tacos, anyone?)
The Cape trail in Cape Lookout is one of many trails along the Oregon Coast that our guests will be treated to on our Portland to Pacific tour in between sight-seeing and taste-testing. If you're looking for a coastal adventure, reserve your spot on one of our available dates now to experience this and more.