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Cape Lookout Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (41)

A trail through lush old-growth forest leading to sweeping views of the Pacific coast.


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Map Key

2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

Point to Point

852' 260 m

High

399' 122 m

Low

199' 61 m

Up

652' 199 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views

Family Friendly The tail is well-maintained for the first 1.5 miles. This section is well graded with minimal obstacles and can be taken as an easy stroll. The lush forest with large trees is enjoyable for all ages.

Description

From the trailhead, head west through lush, mossy forest. The trail gently descends switchbacks to the first viewpoint which looks north along the coast at approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead. The trail is nicely graded and well maintained to the first viewpoint.

After the overlook, the trail condition deteriorates. The trail can be muddy with many slippery tree roots and puddles, especially after a rain. Eventually, views open to the south as the trail skirts the southern cliffs of Cape Lookout, with spectacular views down the coast. Rewarding views open up out to the Pacific Ocean once you reach the end of the Cape.

Flora & Fauna

The trail presents great scenes of large cedars and firs cover with moss, as well as many fallen nurse logs.

Contacts

Land Manager: Oregon State Parks

Shared By:

Sarah Baker

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  4.5 from 41 votes

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  4.5 from 41 votes
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Foggy forest.
May 27, 2016 near Pacific…, OR
View north along the Pacific coast.
May 27, 2016 near Pacific…, OR
First lookout on Cape Lookout Trail.
May 27, 2016 near Pacific…, OR
Looking south at the end of Cape Lookout Trail.
May 27, 2016 near Pacific…, OR
Looking out across the Pacific Ocean.
Sep 7, 2017 near Pacific…, OR

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Check-Ins

Sep 4, 2021
Jessalyn Liu
Jul 28, 2021
Jaimie Schmitt
Jul 12, 2021
Robert Jacobsen
Apr 15, 2021
Jong Lee
Trail is closed!
Jun 30, 2020
Ryan Tevebaugh
Oct 25, 2019
Haley M.
Oct 15, 2019
Miroslav Wiesner
Aug 26, 2019
Ivan Vo