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Cape Lookout

Cloverdale, Oregon

based on 10 reviews



4.74 miles

Elevation Gain

1135 ft

Route Type



Added by Dan Moe

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.

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
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Picnic Area
Swimming Hole


My husband and I did the hike out to the point and it was a beautiful trail, overlooking the bay beside the peninsula. However, you need to know that the trails all have muddy sections and sometimes the boggy areas have big roots throughout them. It can be slippery. We saw people with little fluffy dogs in tow turning around quickly and girls in dresses making all the way to the point! I guess it depends on what you want! I recommend bringing water and snacks. There is a good chance that you may need a raincoat. If you have walking sticks I’d bring them!

Oregon's coast is incredible. This is one of the longest capes in oregon. Worth the stop

Did this hike with a few family members and had an awesome time. The views are unreal!! We did not see any whales, but sure had a nice hike.

Beautiful hike on the longest cape in all of Oregon. I would love to go back! It would be amazing to see whales!!

Camping here is a PNW MUST!!! Do it ASAP!!

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.

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.

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.

Overall, very unimpressed with this hike. However, at the end, if you opt just jump over the fence, you can go down to a cove at the bottom which has waves splashing all around it. This was very cool, but not easy to get to and extreme caution should be taken.

This was an amazing trail for a run. The views of the ocean and beaches were incredible and not too many people.

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