In the Area: Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint

The Salmonberry Trail has us all longing for the day when the first segment opens. Until then, there is much to experience in the area of the Salmonberry's route.

Our first recommendation is the Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint in Tillamook.

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is located on a headland 200 feet above the Pacific. From here, there are views of Oregon's largest colony of nesting common murres. Bald eagles have also been known to nest in the area.

Cape Meares has over three miles of hiking trails and a mile-long walking trail that meanders through the old-growth spruce trees. Be sure to visit the Octopus Tree!

In winter and spring, Cape Meares is a perfect location for viewing gray whale migrations. During summer, whales, seals and sea lions can be seen and heard from Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint.

The park also features lighthouse tours, the Sallie Jacobson Interpretive Kiosk, interpretive panels at key viewpoints as well as the largest Sitka spruce tree in the state of Oregon (144 feet tall, 48 feet in circumference, 15.5 feet in diameter).

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