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Cape Foulweather Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Flowers on Cape Foulweather (Steve Hart)
The cliffs of Cape Foulweather (Steve Hart)
Early morning ocean view from the Cape Foulweather Viewpoint (Steve Hart)
Gull rock and the Yaquina Head Lighthouse from this spot (Steve Hart)


Hike Description

This hike isn't a hike for hardcore hikers as much as an escape for the weary. If you're a tourist needing a bit of time away from tourism, or a couple at the beach with a few hours away from the kids, this is the trail for you.

At the Cape Foulweather Trailhead, look for a faint path through the grass starting about the middle of the long guard rail. Follow this path down to the left. As the trail enters the timber, it becomes obvious that this is a maintained trail on an abandoned spur road. After about 100 yards, turn right on to a single track that switchbacks down the hillside. In short order you'll emerge at a small clifftop meadow.

Angle left and walk a use path southward. After you round an inlet, you'll have a choice of continuing on an easy, yet cliffside path or a more strenuous, yet safer path through the underbrush. Both trails lead to the a second meadow that we've called the Cape Foulweather Viewpoint. From here you have a great view of the cliffs of Cape Foulweather, Gull Rock and a distant Yaquina Head Lighthouse. It's a great place to watch the sun go down, as long as you've got a flashlight in your pocket.

To return start back the way you came, then head straight up the abandoned road to the trailhead.


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