Exploring Cape Lookout, Oregon

Cape Lookout trail
Viewing the Oregon coast from the Cape Lookout Trail!

Looking for a new place to explore while visiting the Oregon coast this summer? Why not head out to Cape Lookout, just north of Pacific City and south of Netarts! This hike is easy and beautiful but requires hiking boots after a big storm or a couple days of straight, unrelenting rain on the coast. Otherwise, normal tennis shoes are just fine.

Small children are not recommended for this hike as there are no railings and several areas of steep cliff overlooking the Pacific. If they are young enough to be carried on your back, please feel free to do so! Of course, this is up to your best judgment! Dogs are more than welcome to go on this hike with you but must be leashed at all times.

Cape Lookout trail
You can even see Netarts from this hike!

There are three hikes that can be found here at Cape Lookout. The South Trail, the North Trail, and the Cape Lookout Trail. The hike out to Cape Lookout is 2.4 miles long, 5 miles round trip, and can take between 1 and 2 hours to reach. The path is fairly narrow, with tree roots covering a majority of the pathway. The ground is moderately level, but has periods of incline and decline.

Cape Lookout trail
The end of the road at Cape Lookout!

You’ll know you’ve reached the end when you hit sea, a bench to relax on, and nowhere else to go but the way you came! Congratulations! You just walked 2.4 miles and gained 930 feet in elevation! Feel free to bring a small lunch or snack to enjoy at Cape Lookout before heading back.

Cape Lookout Trail
Be careful when looking over the side of these steep cliffs!

Please note that there are no restrooms on the trail or at the end of trail. There is a port-a-potty at the beginning of the trail in the parking lot. Additional parking for this trail can be found off of the main road, on the shoulders.

Cape Lookout is a very popular trail, so expect to see lots of other people, with breathtaking views of the coastline, the Pacific, and Haystack Rock in Pacific City! You might even catch a glimpse of some migrating whales, or other sea life!

Cape Lookout trail
Enjoy the hike and the gorgeous views that come with it!

Here’s how to get there:

Travel to Pacific City if you’re coming from down south. From here, turn left from Brooten Road at the stop sign onto Pacific Aveune, then right onto Cape Kiwanda Drive at the stop sign. Continue along this road until you reach a 3 way intersection. Continue straight. At the next 3 way intersection, turn left onto Cape Lookout Road. Continue on this road until you see the sign for Cape Lookout. Park in the parking lot or along the shoulder.

If you’re coming from the north, travel south along Highway 101 until you hit Sandlake Road. Continue straight until you reach a 3 way intersection. Continue straight until you reach the sign for Cape Lookout. Park in the parking lot or along the road on the shoulders.

You can also travel south from Tillamook by taking 3rd Street and turning left onto Netarts Highway West, then left onto Whiskey Creek Road which turns into Cape Lookout Road West. Look for the Cape Lookout sign and park in the parking lot or on the shoulder.

If you’re in Oceanside or Netarts, travel down 131 to Netarts Bay Drive until it turns into Cape Lookout Road West. Look for the Cape Lookout sign and park in the parking lot or on the shoulder.

Handicap Accessible Homes from Oregon Beach Vacations

We currently have 9 vacation homes with handicap accessibility here at Oregon Beach Vacations! Choose your favorite, and book today!

Oregon coast handicap vacation rental
Heron’s View at Bridgeport in Seaside, Oregon

Heron’s View at Bridgeport – Seaside, Condo, riverfront, sleeps 6 with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths – This modern and ocean themed handicap condo is perfect for guests who want to be near the river and near the fun! You’ll find that you and your 5 guests will have plenty of space to move around in this luxury condo located in Seaside! And if you’re coming down from Washington, your drive will be that much shorter! There is also a fitness room located at this vacation rental for all of our guests to enjoy!

Oregon coast handicap vacation rental
Michael’s Beach Place @ Shoreline Ridge in Newport, Oregon

Michael’s Beach Place @ Shoreline Ridge – Newport, condo, oceanfront, sleeps 7 with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths – This beautiful oceanfront condo is handicap accessible and located on the 2nd floor of Shoreline Ridge in Newport. Newly renovated with all modern appliances, you and your 6 guests can enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean in style and comfort! You’ll even have grand views of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Cape Foulweather! Whether you’re into storm watching during the winter, or sunset gazing during the long summer nights, you and your family will love Michael’s Beach Place @ Shoreline Ridge!

Oregon coast handicap vacation rental
The Oceanfront Overlook in Newport, Oregon

The Oceanfront Overlook – Newport, condo, oceanfront, sleeps 4 with 2 bedrooms and 3 baths – This handicap condo offers breathtaking views of Yaquina Head Lighthouse and is only a few blocks north of the timeless Nye Beach area of Newport! You’ll be able to access not only the beach, but wonderful shops and restaurants in a less than 10 minute walk. Enjoy this beautiful view in both the summer and winter months!

Oregon coast handicap vacation rental
Om Home in Gleneden Beach, Oregon

Om Home – Gleneden Beach, house, oceanfront, sleeps 8 with 3 bedroom and 2 baths, pet friendly – This gorgeous 3 story handicap home offers a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean! It even comes with a built in elevator for guest use, making this home perfect for wheelchairs! Enter the home on the bottom floor and head to the elevator for easier access! You’ll find 2 bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor, while the kitchen, living, and another bedroom and bathroom are located on the top floor. You’ll also have a deck right outside the dining room to watch the sunset from, or head back down to the second floor to play in the backyard with the puppies and kids!

Oregon coast handicap vacation rental
Promenade Deck in Depoe Bay, Oregon

Promenade Deck – Depoe Bay, condo, oceanfront, sleeps 6 with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths – This oceanfront handicap condo is so close to the shoreline, you won’t know where land ends and the sea begins from this beautiful rental! With an elevator to get you to your room safely and easily, you and your 5 guests will love the views from this beautiful condo on the Oregon coast! Whether you’re into storm watching or would rather catch a beautiful sunset, you’ll be able to see it all from this condo!

Oregon coast handicap vacation rental
Sand Dollar in Seaside, Oregon

Sand Dollar – Seaside, house, ocean view, sleeps 12 with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, pet friendly – The promenade in Seaside is just a house away from this beautiful handicap home, while Aquarium and downtown Seaside are just a few blocks away. You’ll have a beautiful ocean view from this home to share not only with your 11 other guests, but your pups as well!

Oregon coast Handicap vacation rental
Steve’s Getaway in Seaside, Oregon

Steve’s Getaway – Seaside, house, beach access, sleeps 10 with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths – With a wheelchair accessible ramp, this home can easily get your handicapped loved ones through the front door and into a beautiful and large vacation rental! You’ll also be a short ten minutes away from downtown Seaside, where food, shops, and fun await! If you’re coming down from Washington, you’ll find the drive shorter and more relaxing!

Oregon coast handicap vacation rental
The Tides Inn in Lincoln City, Oregon

The Tides Inn – Lincoln City, house, beach access, sleeps 14 with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths – This gorgeous, specially built home in Lincoln City offers a beautiful ocean view from the top deck of this home! With 3 floors, you and your family will have plenty of space to call your own on your vacation. You’ll even have your own private sauna on the bottom floor. A wheelchair accessible bedroom is located on the main floor with a fully accessible bathroom adjoined! You’ll love the beautiful setup of the unique home. It even has a pipe running through the center of the house acting as a laundry shoot, so guests on the top and middle floors can simply drop their laundry into the laundry room with ease!

Oregon coast handicap vacation rental
Waters Edge 407 in Lincoln City, Oregon

Waters Edge 407 – Lincoln City, Condo, bay front, sleeps 6 with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath – This top floor condo at the Waters Edge Complex sports a fantastic view of the Siletz Bay to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west! Waters Edge has an elevator for guests to reach this floor and it also offers a handicap friendly layout in room 407. Go out on the deck and watch as high tide fills up the bay. Check back later as you watch the water return to the Pacific. You’ll have plenty of restaurants to eat out at and things to do while staying down here in the Taft district!

4 Places to Fall in Love with in Newport

Devil's Punch Bowl
Devil’s Punch Bowl

If you’re vacationing in Newport this fall, there are four places that you have to check out. Bonus? They’re all inexpensive or free! If you and your family love spending time outdoors and exploring what the natural Oregon coast has to offer, come check out the following attractions: The Hatfield Marine Science Center, Donald A. Davis Park, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and Devil’s Punch Bowl State Park. All of these places are within minutes of your vacation rental in Newport, South Beach, and even fairly close to Depoe Bay.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center is the perfect place for young scientists to explore and learn about the natural life surrounding the ocean and the animals that inhabit it’s deep watery recesses. The people at the Hatfield Marine Science Center will help you learn all about sustainable fishing, tidal pools, erosion, and much more. Outside of the center, look for whales and other marine animals, or watch the sunset as it settles over the Pacific. Located at 2030 SE Marine Science Dr in Newport, Oregon, you can walk down to the beautiful Yaquina Bay Bridge and take amazing photos of the waterfront or get food and drinks at Rogue Ale’s Brewery while you’re waiting for your group to exit the center.

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Solar Eclipse – Oregon – August 2017

Government Point - Depoe Bay
Government Point – Depoe Bay

The total solar eclipse, happening on Monday, August 21st 2017, has been a topic of interest for many years. It’s presumed to be the most viewed eclipse ever, in part due to blogs like this. It’s also happening during the summer, with optimal viewing areas from many large cities across the United States. The best part about this upcoming eclipse? It’s going to be starting right here in Oregon, just two minutes north of Depoe Bay at the Boiler Bay Scenic Viewpoint Area, also known as Government Point.

At precisely 10:15:56.5 AM PDT, you’ll want to be in this exact location to watch the solar eclipse begin. Bring some snacks and cold drinks while you wait, along with sunscreen. Seeing as it will be August, summer will be in full swing and you’ll be thankful for the refreshments. Look around you before the solar eclipse is set to happen. In the sky surrounding you, you’ll be able to witness a sunset in every direction, because that is essentially what’s happening with the solar eclipse. If you are prone to light sensitivity, see about picking up some Mylar eclipse glasses or a #14 welder’s glass to witness this amazing event with comfort. Also, and maybe this goes without saying, but hit the restroom before the big event so you’re sure to catch the entire thing!

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