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Day Hike - Cape Lookout State Park

N.OR coast - cape trail and beach hikes, photography, wildflowers, birding, shore life, old-growth forests

  • Sat, Nov 10, 2018 — Sun, Nov 11, 2018
  • Seattle Hiking Committee
  • Exploring Nature, Day Hiking
  • Adults
  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi

8:00am Saturday hike to cape tip:  trailhead parking lot, 2.8 miles south of Cape Lookout campground entrance, via Cape Lookout Road. 

8:00am Sunday hikes along nature trails and Netarts Spit (s. end from site A53):  park in day use parking lot.

Rescehduled from Oct 2017

Leisurely to moderate pace hikes.

Participants will arrange own accommodations (Friday & Saturday evening advised):  tent/yurt/cabin/RV camping at Cape Lookout SP, or motels nearby in Tillamook.    Leader is tent camping at Cape Lookout SP.  Please share campsite fee if sharing a site.   Oregon State Park day use vehicle fee for non-campers, within park including trailheads:  $5/day or $30/annual permit.

Cape Lookout Trail and Netarts Spit info:  Cape Lookout Trail, 5 miles round trip.  Netarts Spit (S end) and nature trails:  3-5 miles round trip.  See "Day Hiking Oregon Coast" trail guide for descriptions.

Trail brochure:

 Park info/campground brochure/driving directions:

Directions/approx drive time (non-rush hour):  Seattle to Cape Lookout via Longview 4-1/4 hrs via I-5/US-26W/OR-30/OR-6; Portland/Vancouver 1-3/4 hrs via I-5/US-26W/OR-6. 

 Plant guidebook recommended:  Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast (Pojar & Mackinnon).  Year-round vegetation includes sitka spruce, western hemlock, ferns, lichens, mosses, evergreen shrubs.  Mid-spring/early summer wildflower blooms. 

If birding interest, bring bird field guide and binoculars.

Saturday evening option for group dinner, moderate prices - at nearby restaurant in Tillamook area

If you have interest and extra time, visit nearby Cannon Beach (north of Tillamook, via 101) with its iconic Haystack Rock and sweeping coastal views at Ecola State Park for hiking, birding, photography.  For  info, see and "Day Hiking Oregon Coast" trail guide.




Cape Lookout State Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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