South Cape Trail (Cape Blanco State Park)

Length: .75 mile (round trip)

Difficulty: Easy               Surface: Dirt


From Coos Bay, drive 45 miles south on US 101.  Turn right on Cape Blanco Highway.  Continue until you see a sign for Cape Blanco State Park Campground.  Turn left at sign and follow loop until you get to the halfway point where you’ll see a sign to the beach.  Turn left and park at the first grassy cleared area.

Setting and Attractions:

On a clear day hikers can see Humbug Mountain.  There is also a spectacular view of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse with coastal vistas on either side.  The name Cape “Blanco” (“white”) is said to have come from Spanish sailors because cliffs of fossilized shells gave a whitish appearance.  This cape is the farthest point west along the Oregon coast.

Trail Description:

Winding around the coastal bluffs, there are lookout points throughout the length of the trail. Toward the end of the trail is an open area with a view of the Cape Blanco lighthouse.  This is the oldest and tallest light on the coast, built in 1870.

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