July 2019 – Cape Lookout Trail – Cape Lookout State Park

I can hear you now. Another July hike, Lynette? Yes. Another one. Spoiler alert: there’s even MORE on the way!

The video for Cape Lookout is posted on our YouTube channel, as well!

The truth is, this hike was VERY impromptu! We got a text in the morning from a friend visiting from out-of-state, wanting to go for a hike out on the coast. We rearranged some plans and were all too happy to oblige! Who can say no to a trip to the Tillamook Creamery, seafood, and a hike on a gorgeous Saturday?!?!

And frankly, we LOVE going to Cape Lookout. It was the first place we ever hiked together (true story). The hike itself is about 2.3-ish miles from parking lot to the end of the trail, with mild amounts of elevation change. The biggest hindrance is the tree roots, but once you realize that, it can be fairly smooth sailing. This was the first time we had ever done this hike in the summer time, and it was refreshing to not be covered in mud by the end!

A little bit more about the trail:

  • About a quarter mile or so from the trailhead, there is a plaque on the side of the rock talking about a plane crash that occurred during WWII around the area. If you’re into history, it’s just a tiny little surprise.
  • There are quite a few times when the trail borders the edge of the cliff. If you have little ones, ensure they know how to be safe on the trail, and if you have extra little ones, you may want to have them attached to you.
  • It doesn’t take much for it to get muddy or slick on some of the small rocks. We, unfortunately, witnessed a gentleman take a tumble in one of the spots that was still a little precarious. He wasn’t injured, just a little shaken up.
  • And, as always, be on the “lookout” (ha! see what I did there?), for some inspiring vistas. All of a sudden you may pop-out of the tree line and see something like this:

Happy Hiking!

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