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.
Directions: From Tillamook get onto Bayocean Road, and follow it for 5 miles until you reach a two level, unmarked gravel road. Make sure you take the LOWER gravel road (they are one-way roads) and follow it for about a mile until you reach the parking area.
This is one of those hikes that you can do as much or little as you want and it will still be packed full of stuff to see. You can make this an out-and-back beach walk or a loop that takes you to Kincheloe Point. It’s great!
From the parking area take the marked trail (it’s a sand trail) through the dunes that are lined with beach grass and scots broom. You’ll soon come to an opening where you can see a complete view of the dunes. Head uphill through a tall wall of grass where you will finally reach the beach. There is a trail marker here covered in beach junk. If you just want to walk the beach and come back, this marker is very helpful in finding the trail from the beach.
If you are doing the loop head north on the beach and follow it to the end of the spit at Kincheloe Point. Only climb the jetty if you are sure footed. Follow the jetty east to an old access road which takes you back to the parking area.