North Cape Trail (Cape Blanco State Park)

Length: 1.5 mile (round trip) 

Difficulty: Easy
              Surface: Dirt

Access:

From Coos Bay, drive 45 miles south on US 101.  Turn right onto Cape Blanco Highway.  Continue on,approximately 5 miles, until you see a sign for Cape Blanco State Park Campground.  The trailhead is located on the opposite side of the road from this sign.  Pull off to the right side of the road and park.

Setting and Attractions:

This trail offers spectacular vistas starting with the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, including views of the coastline along the way, and ending with mouth of the Sixes River glistening in the distance.  The name Cape “Blanco” (“white”) is said to come from Spanish sailors because cliffs of fossilized shells gave a whitish appearance.  This cape is the farthest point west in Oregon.

Trail Description:

At the beginning of the trail is a view of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. This is the oldest and tallest light on the coast, built in 1870.  The first part of the trail goes in an open area with view of ocean.  Further down is a forested section with several side trails and loops for ocean viewpoints. Towards the end, the trail goes down a hill and into an open area with a view of the mouth of the Sixes River.  The last section of trail goes through a cow pasture, ending at a boat ramp.

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