- Elevation: 450 feet
- Distance: 5.2 miles RT
- State Parks Pass required
This is arguably the best stop to whale watch short of hopping on a boat. The whales need to swim around the peninsula. We went during "Whale Week," I think that's a thing. I believe the best time to see the whales is the end of March. There were volunteers at the end of the trail helping the onlookers spot for whales. You will need binoculars. We stayed there for the better part of an hour before heading back. The trail includes an old growth forest and good views of the coast line both north and south. The trail was a bit muddy when we were there. Trail reports indicate that this is common. This cape is part of the "Three Capes Scenic Loop" which also includes Cape Meares (not that cool) and Cape Kiwanda (cool).
Aaron and I did this hike again in January of 2015. We were hoping to spot some whales as we had the previous time. Unfortunately, the weather prevented us from having much visibility. It did, however, produce an amazing misty old-growth forest for us to hike through. We didn't see any whales, but we did see sea lions and a bald eagle.
I moved to the Pacific Northwest in August of 2012. I quickly identified myself as a hiker. I want to document my experiences so that I can refer to them for myself and others to provide the best hiking experience. I also hope to learn more about hiking from others comments and recommendations.