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Cape Meares Lighthouse

Northern Oregon Coast, Oregon

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  • - Cape Meares Lighthouse
  • View from the wildlife observation deck.- Cape Meares Lighthouse
  • One of several interpretive signs that are well worth some extra time.- Cape Meares Lighthouse
  • Cape Meares Lighthouse.- Cape Meares Lighthouse
  • The restored bulls-eye lenses.- Cape Meares Lighthouse
  • Cape Meares Lighthouse.- Cape Meares Lighthouse
  • Cape Meares Lighthouse.- Cape Meares Lighthouse
  • View south toward Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge.- Cape Meares Lighthouse
  • The sun behind Cape Meares lighthouse lights up the Fresnel lens.- Cape Meares Lighthouse
  • View toward Three Arch Rocks to the south from along the trail.- Cape Meares Lighthouse
  • Old-growth Sitka spruce along the south trail.- Cape Meares Lighthouse
  • View toward Three Arch Rocks to the south from along the trail.- Cape Meares Lighthouse
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Pros: 
Great views. Historic lighthouse. Interpretive signs. Wildlife.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Northern Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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The sturdy and humble Cape Meares Lighthouse has been sitting on its headland 200 feet above the ocean since 1890, enduring innumerable storms, technological obsolescence and the indignities of vandalism. Active until 1963, the Coast Guard actually had plans to demolish the building at one point but was dissuaded by public input. In its time, the little lighthouse beamed 21 miles out to sea, which ties the distance mark that Heceta Head Lighthouse currently holds. Since 1980 the lighthouse has been open to the public, and tours are available April through October.

The views from this park are incredible; dramatic cliffs stir a little vertigo, and to the south you can see Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge. Information stations are abundant, so come with a bit of extra time and an appetite to learn about the local wildlife and the history of the lighthouse itself. And don’t forget the short walk up to the Octopus Tree, a uniquely shaped Sitka spruce, just above the parking area. If you have the time and energy once you’ve finished taking it all in, check out the Big Spruce and Beach Trail near the park entrance.
 

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