Three Capes Scenic Loop

Today we set out with a rough agenda in hand.  We wanted to take the 40+mi Three Capes Scenic Loop & we also managed to squeeze in another scenic country road called the Trask River Road.

Three Capes Scenic Loop

 

Three Capes Scenic Loop – Tillamook Bay

 

Three Capes Scenic Loop – Tillamook Bay

Our next stop was the Cape Meares Scenic Overlook & this is one of those places where there are no adequate words to describe the beauty.  We wandered around here for about an hour, including stopping to listen to the lighthouse history from one of the Parks volunteers.

Cape Meares Scenic Overlook

There is also an amazing Sitka Spruce here named the Octopus Tree that is a very short walk from the parking area.   Near the Octopus Tree the overlook includes some incredible views of both the cape & ocean.

Octopus Tree at Cape Meares

 

Cape Meares Scenic Overlook

After leaving Cape Meares, the road continued to climb towards Cape Lookout.   As we rounded a bend, we started seeing tons of cars parked along the cliff side  & we wondered what they knew that we didn’t.   Rounding the next curve – it became very clear – para-sailers jumping from the cliffs.   40-50 people either jumping, filming or watching.  We immediately parked the Jeep to go watch.

Parasailers at Cape Lookout

And man what a view they had once they jumped.

Parasailers’ View Jumping @ Cape Lookout

After taking in the excitement up here, we continued into Pacific City which is the end of the Three Cape Loop at Cape Kiwanda.  We stopped for lunch at the Pelican Pub & Brewery.   The fish & chips were very good!   We had window seating overlooking Haystack Rock & the beach.

After lunch we picked up the 101 & let our GPS lead us to the Trask River Road.   George found this searching maps in the area & it was an awesome country road full of dairy farms & tiny little towns along the way.  We stopped at a lot of pullouts along the river before making our way back to the campground.

Trask River Road

 

Trask River Road

 

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One Response to Three Capes Scenic Loop

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s an absolutely breathtaking area.