Maiden Heart LbNA # 15417 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||May 29 2005|
Cape Lookout State Park has many things to offer to both the casual day hiker and overnight camper.
The campground has 176 tent sites, 10 Yurts and 38 RV spots. The campground is a very short walk from the sandy beach. Mosquitos can be very pesky in the evening hours, bring your repellant.
From the campgrounds you can make a short drive south to the Cape Lookout trailhead. It is about a 2.5 mile hike from the trailhead to the edge of Cape Lookout. As the trail meanders out to the Cape you are treated with spectactular views. If you make this hike in the spring you will be treated to a plethora of wildflowers.
If you look closely in the southern view you can see Haystack Rock and Cape Kiwanda. (For another view of Haystack Rock near Cape Kiwanda go to Mount Hebo.) In the northern view you can see Nearts Spit, the beach on which the Cape Lookout campground is located. Once you reach the end of the trail you are treated with a breathtaking 180 degree view of the Pacific ocean. Hold on to your stuff though, it is usually quite windy here. Children and small animals should be attended to closely.
This is a popular spot for hang gliding.
This box is on the Cape Trail, so travel south on Highway 101 past the Cape Lookout State Park until you see the sign for the Cape Lookout Trail head.
Park anywhere, then find the sign that shows you the three trails that start from here. You're looking for the Cape Trail. This trail will start out very steep, then flatten out beautifully. We walked along the path, ignoring the turn off to the South Trail and just walked along. About half a mile in we stopped to really look around a play "Can you imagine?" Try it, Can you imagine what this place was like when the only people standing here were native to this area? When a beautiful native woman stood here with her hair blowing in the wind, maybe she was to meet her true love. Maybe he would come from the edge of the cape. Maybe he told her to meet him at the twisted stump, just to the right of the trail. And just maybe she is still there waiting for him.