Cape Lookout is a narrow headland that juts westward into the Pacific for over two miles. This hike to the end of the cape is moderate due to the trail condition – full of roots to maneuver and often very muddy – but worth it for the views.
On this two night camping trip, we packed in a lot of adventure –including a stop at Munson Creek Falls, hiking an extremely muddy trail to the end of Cape Lookout, and climbing steep dunes at Cape Kiwanda.
This section of the Wilson River Trail between the Jones Creek and the Footbridge trailheads provides an easy hike through coastal forest with several riverside access points.
This section of the Wilson River Trail in Oregon’s Coast Range goes from the Elk Creek trailhead to the Kings Mountain trailhead. Along the way, the trail charms with cascading creeks and moss-covered boulders and trees.
The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area contains some of the best remaining old growth forest on the Oregon Coast. This hike includes the Cooks Ridge, Gwynn Creek and Oregon Coast Trails for a 6 mile loop.
On this two night camping trip, we stayed at a campground with views of the ocean and a wide expanse of beach, viewed the crashing waves of the king tides on the rocky coastline, and hiked in an old growth coastal forest.
A rainy hike is sometimes the best kind of hike, like today in Oregon’s Coast Range. We started at the Keenig Creek trailhead on the Wilson River Trail and hiked to a spot on a ridge and back for a total of about 8 miles with 1,100 ft. gain.
The Elk Creek Trail is a quiet, forested route on an old logging road that parallels Elk Creek before ascending a ridge of Elk Mountain.
This section of the Wilson River Trail in Oregon’s Coast Range goes from the Elk Creek trailhead to the Idiot Creek trailhead.