Directions: From Tillamook get onto Bayocean Road and follow it for a little over 5 miles. You’ll see a big sign at the junction for Cape Meares Lighthouse. Follow the road up the hill and you will soon come to the big parking area.
This hike includes the Lighthouse and Octopus tree.
From the parking area follow marked paved path for the Octopus Tree. This is Oregon’s largest Sitka Spruce! The trail leads you uphill past some bathrooms until you reach the giant Octopus Tree, just past the tree is a great viewpoint.
After you’ve visited the tree head back down to the parking area. There are two viewpoints at the parking area that are worth taking a look at. To get to the lighthouse follow the marked and paved path. Once you reach the lighthouse (it’s the Oregon coasts shortest!) it’s a short switchback down to the base. There is seasonal gift shop here as well. This is a loop so head back up the switchback and take the return trail that offers great views of the ocean below.
There are other areas to check out around the parking area if you have the time.
Distance: 1 mile (easy)
Elevation: 150 feet (easy)
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: None