Castle Rock Trail (Cape Blanco State Park)

Length: 0.34 mile (round trip)

Difficulty: Easy
          
Surface:
Dirt

Access: 

From Coos Bay, drive 45 miles south on US 101.  Turn right on Cape Blanco Highway.  Continue west  until you see a  Cape Blanco State Park sign pointing with an arrow going straight ahead and another going to the right.  Take a right, keeping to the right past the Hughes House until you get to the boat ramp.  Park and walk to the left end through a little gate to the cow pasture for a quarter mile.  There you will see a sign for the trailhead.

Setting and Attractions: 

Patrick and Jane Hughes were pioneers who settled here with a group of fellow Irish immigrants, establishing a dairy and Catholic parish among other things.  The Hughes House has undergone restoration and tours are available.  This trail has splendid views of the Sixes River and ends with a view of Castle Rock.  Another great area to gaze at the beautiful Oregon coast with many offshore islands.  

Trail Description: 

The first part of the trail goes through cow pasture.  It opens out onto a grassy field where you can see views of the Sixes River. At the end of the trail is Castle Rock with great opportunities for bird watchers.  Eagles may be spotted along the trail.  Bring your binoculars!

For more information, trail conditions and maps contact: Humbug Mountain State Park at (541)332-6774 or visit the Oregon State Park web site at www.prd.state.or.us