|OregonWildflowers Locations Cape Lookout
|Oregon Coast - Northern
|Best time to visit
|Mid-May through June
|5 miles round-trip, 400 feet elevation loss/gain
|Hike information - Oregon Hikers Field Guide
|Allowed, but must be kept on leash AT ALL TIMES.
The trail passes through a beautiful forest of old-growth Sitka Spruce, which can only be found near the coast. Along the trail you will find copious forest wildflowers, including candyflower (Claytonia sibirica), False Lily-of-the-Valley (Maianthemum dilatatum), Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis), Fairy Lanterns (Prosartes smithii), Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus), Salal (Gaultheria shallon), and Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus). At various points along the trail you will also have fine views of the Oregon Coast, both north toward Cannon Beach and Neahkahnie Mountain, and south to Cape Kiwanda and Cascade Head.
On the steep hillsides near the end of the trail (and the cape itself), you will see Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), Spring Gold (Lomatium utriculatum), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and Douglas' Catchfly (Silene douglasii). Feast your eyes as you listen to the seagulls cackling below you.
Walk to the far end of the parking lot and start walking on the Cape Trail. NOTE: Even though there are boardwalks along parts of the trail, there can be still be some extremely muddy sections so I recommend hiking boots.
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