Cape Lookout South Trail (Beach Switchback)

August 05, 2019

The summers are beautiful in Oregon so Christine, our two dogs, and I took advantage this past Saturday and went hiking on the coast at the Cape Lookout South Trail (map). The trails in the Cape Lookout State Park are dog-friendly and provide a few different options. There is a North trail and South trail. The South trail also has a switchback that goes from the trailhead, right off the highway, down to the ocean. That’s the route we chose and had a blast!

When you start down the South trail the switchback branches off pretty early. Overall it was just over 2 miles one-way from the trailhead to the beach and took us just under an hour. We spent another hour on the beach so, overall, spent about 4 hours there.

The trail is all downhill to the beach from the parking lot and all uphill on the way back with ~835 feet of elevation gain. The trail is fairly flat but does have a lot of tree roots and was narrow and overgrown in parts. I can imagine when the weather is wetter it can be quite muddy and slick as well. We also encountered a fallen tree but were able to get over it pretty easily.