Cape Lookout Hiking the Cape Trail

There are three different trails that you can Hike at Cape Lookout. The first one I ever hiked, and the one I usually hike is called the Cape Trail. Now these aren't down at the state campground, they're a mile or so past it at the Cape Lookout Trailhead.

Three Trails at Cape Lookout

  • Cape Trail 
  • North Trail
  • South Trail

Until very recently, I thought that only one of the trails led to the beach, that's incorrect however, the Cape Trail also leads to a small section of pretty private beach. The first half of the trail is pretty doable. I weigh about 360 now, and have done the trail when I weighed 400+ pounds. I take a lot of breaks, and on the way back, which is uphill, I've used an inhaler. It's  workout let me tell ya! But keep in mind if you're interested in doing this hike, you don't have to do the whole hike the first time. Each time just try to go a little further than last time, and discover a little more than you did before. The views are totally worth it. In fact, this hike has spoiled me for so many others. I require a view or I am just not interested. 

So, we've covered that... I love this trail for it's amazing view! I've actually mapped out the first half for you on MapMyFitness So you can get an idea of the elevation and such. If your'e not familiar with MapMyFitness, it's an app you can get on Android or iPhone, it tracks where youve been, how many steps you took, the speed in which you walk a mile, a bunch of neato little stats. It's a battery sucker though, as are most apps that use your location. If I could just get a phone to stay alive while running MapMyFitnes, allowing me to film, and listen to Pandora via headphones at the same time, and Play Pokemon, all without dying.... If only such a phone exsisted, AND .. was water proof (I mean hey! I might as well go for waterproof while I'm dreaming over here right?!)

Anyway, I was saying... The views are amazing, and it's so darn peaceful! I've hiked this one with my teenage son, with my then infant, now toddler granddaughter and my adult children. It's not exactly a stroller friendly hike, but on the first half, we've done it. I absolutely recommend a child-harness (this one's in my cart at Amazon!) or some sort of safety device if you're taking toddlers, perhaps a toddler backpack that you can carry them in. There are some pretty steep unobstructed cliffs on this trail.  

 

Thankfully I had Malachai along, this last time, not the one in the video, but the trip right before that. My granddaughter Millie is 2, and she's usually such a good little hiker. She folds her little hands behind her back (that's her show of independence, they're back there to discourage hand-holding) and she tells everyone we pass "I'm on my walk".  But this time, again I say, thank you Jesus for my son Malachai because I am not yet in shape to be chasing this girl all over the mountains. I did  kind of jog with her down the trail at Kilchis Point Reserve though, that was lots of fun!

This normally afraid of heights and sweet walking and chatting granddaughter of mine took off like a crazy person, running down the trail, checking out the edge of cliffs, and throwing a fit if you tried to restrain her in anyway :O. Finally, I offered her her blanket, and my beautiful, sweet, wonderful granddaughter fell asleep in my arms. I carried her the mile back to the parking lot, and the hike was postponed. I did stop in the parking lot, while waiting to be picked up, and take a few selfies, I got a workout, guaranteed. 

 

This is me and Millie after she fell asleep in my arms.

Red Faced after carrying a sleeping Millie back from the trail

The sign at the beginning of the Cape Lookout Cape and South Trails

Anyway, once you arrive at the TrailHead, you're going to choose the Cape Trail. It's the most straight and obvious of the trails. There's signage there, so just follow that. Before you head off however, if you're not prepared to use the forest facilities, there are two porta-potties in the parking lot.  There will be no other man-made options on this hike. As with all public hiking places,  lock your cars, don't leave any valuables, etc. I suggest learning some basic stretches before you go on too many hikes. That's of course up to you, as I'm no expert, just a girl that tends to injure her achilles heel if she doesn't stretch it often and  a lot. 

The first part of the trail is pretty much a gentle downhill stroll.  You're walking through the forest, sort of out onto a peninsula, that is leading you out into the ocean, so eventually, you'll be able to stand i dunno, a hundred, 200, 300 feet above the ocean, and look back on the waves as they crash against the beach. The view is  as close to being in a boat on the ocean as you're going to be, without getting into a boat. ,

You will ooo and you will awww at the scenery, the old growth trees, some really neat looking weird trees here n there, and, I may have mentioned, that breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.

There are some great places on this hike to take some pretty neat'o selfies. You'll go downhill quite a bit, and then you'll go up a good sized hill. You can check most of that out between the MyMyFitness image above, and the video's though. All in all, it's a 5 mile hike.  I never think to bring much more than a pack full of water. However, a camelpack, or a backpack full of snacks and drinks isn't a terrible idea.  

 

There's also a little bit of history on this hike.  Today actually, as I'm writing this, on August 1st but in 1943, in the middle of World War II, B-17F flying fortress #42-30326 was  traveling north up the coast on a what was to be routine patrol flight. Having left Pendleton Field, near Pendleton Oregon, at 0900 the plane was to fly to Cape Disappointment which is also located on the Oregon Coast. They were then to fly 500 miles out to sea, followed by a direct flight back to Pendleton Field. It was the crew's last mission before a quick 2 week furlough, followed by deployment overseas.

The crew arrived at the coast and found the entire area hidden in the overcast which extended to an elevation of 8000 feet. The pilot decided try locating Cape Disappointment by flying beneath the overcast. The overcast proved to reach almost to the level of the sea. The plane was flying at about 50-150 feet above the waves. Deciding that the risk was too great the crew began to climb back up into the overcast. Unfortunately, the plane crashed into the side of Cape Lookout at about 900 feet in elevation. - Source: Oregon Hikers

Cape Lookout Crash Site Memorial

Cape Lookout Crash Site Memorial

Once you get to the part of the trail where you're looking at the ocean, and it seems like the end, there's actually kind of a U Turn. The trail gets REALLY rough from here, but don't take my word for it... watch the video and see what Malachai and I saw.  You'll see us fall, and hike to far in the dark, you'll see us bonding, and just being plain old silly. It's a lot of fun really! Let us know what you think, if it's positive. If you hate it, kindly zip up your lips and move on :). 

Big Family – Together at Evergreen Wings and Waves

The greatest day ever was had this day at Evergreen Wings and Waves in McMinnville Oregon! All of my five kids, their significant others, my sister, nephew and granddaughter were in the same place at the same time in the middle of summer having a blast!

Before I tell you all about our visit to Wings and Waves, I must say that this post was sponsored by Wings and Waves, my words thoughts and opinions however are still my own.

If you’re heading to the Oregon Coast on Highway 18 on your way to Spirit Mountain, Chinook Winds, Lincoln City, or anywhere else on the Central or Northern Coast you’re probably going to drive right past the Wings and Waves located at the Evergreen Aviation Air Museum there in McMinnville. I’ve been driving by it, meaning to stop for years. Trust me. Head to my booking engine, book a room in McMinnville, and spend the whole freaking day swimming at Evergreen Wings and Waves, and touring the aviation museum on the way. 

 

Address: 460 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128

Summer Hours: 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM ~ daily
Winter Hours: Click Here
Admission: $30 over 42″ tall, $25 under 42″ tall, $10 for non-swimmers, Free for 3 & under
Life Jackets: Provided free of charge
Food: For $8 you can buy a refillable beverage for the entire day. There’s also a cafe available with burgers/fries, and other usual cafe fare.
Towels: Bring your own
Bathrooms: Large, clean, plentiful.
Lockers: Available for about $5.
In & Out Privileges: You can come and go all day as you please with a wristband.


I’m a big girl. I’m a big big girl, and I had a BLAST at this waterpark! The slides also scared the bejeezus out of me, but the fear was worth the fun. See when you’re my size, you can’t ride most amusement park rides, so I’m not used to all these G-Forces! There are weight restrictions on the slides, but keep reading and I'll be sure to spell those out for you in plain English. Please check out the YouTube video's for each slide as well! The video's weren't created by Coastal Cathy, so please be sure to show them some love, like them, share them, and/or subscribe, because they are super helpful!

The Water Park itself has a 747 on the roof. Well it’s not actually ON the roof, because although it’s sitting there, right on the roof, you walk through it to get into signs, so it’s really just all intertwined and wrapped right into the water park!

There’s also the entire Evergreen Aviation Museum there on the same property, with neat planes to see both inside and out, in fact there were people climbing on tanks and taking photo’s. Even if you don’t opt for the entire waterpark experience, there’s something to be said for getting your picture taken atop a World War II tank right?

My family wandered about the grounds after our water-park adventure and had a blast during out little impromptu photo shoot, those photo’s, priceless. They’re memories that will last a lifetime, of the whole family as a family.

Back to that plane ON the building… That’s neat in and of itself right? But get this, as I mentioned above.. the water slides are actually IN the plane. So you climb up these steps that lead to the slide you want to visit, make it to the top, and you’re standing inside of a 747 with different slide shoots inside of it!

 

Life Needs Water - Evergreen Wings and Waves

At Evergreen Wings & Waves, children and adults will learn why “life needs water” through experience, inspiration and education.

The waterpark is next to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, one of the greatest collections of aircraft and space artifacts in the world.

Both the waterpark and the museum distinguish McMinnville as a premier location for learning about the power of science.

- Evergreen Wings and Waves

Evergreen Wings and Waves Fun Facts


The waterpark is a whopping   71,350-square-feet which is about the size of one and one quarter football fields! The pools kept at  84 degrees and is powered by six natural gas heaters did you know that that's enough power  to heat 794,000 bowls of soup! That's a lot of soup!

  • 10 waterslides equaling more than 2,000 feet of slide surface with four waterslides coming from the
    retired Evergreen International Airlines Boeing 747 aircraft positioned on the roof of the waterpark.
  • The Wave pool at Evergreen Wings and Waves holds more than 91,000 gallons of water.
  • Play structure that includes a 300 gallon splash bucket and helicopter.
  • Toddler area with bubblers, fountains and two slides.
  • Leisure pool with spa
  • Children’s museum designed to teach visitors about the
    philosophy, “H20: life needs water.”
  • “Starcade” gaming center for on-land fun.
  • Concession area to keep swimmers energized.
  • Private rooms available to reserve for birthday parties or other celebrations.
  • Family-style locker rooms.

Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterslides

The Yellow Water Slide: The Sonic Boom

The yellow slide is neat because you can see out of it, in most places the top of the slide is either transparent or open. Most of our group felt as though this was also the fastest slide. The water park’s website says it’s one of the slowest and best for beginners. Perhaps it feels faster because you can see outside?

The Blue Slide – The Tail Spin

This slide is known for fast drops and ‘figure eights’.

The Green Slide – The Nose Dive
This is totally my favorite. First, my breath was absolutely knocked out of me as I FLEW down the slide. OMG it was so fast. Then I was in this tub that the kids called the toilet bowl doing much slower circles, praying to God and catching my breath, and then… I swirled closer and closer to the drain.

Once down the drain I was at the bottom before you knew it, and ready for a stiff drink. This is if it’s not obvious the first slide I went down. My sister and daughter followed not to far behind me, and brought with them fabulous tales of my ultra-loud prayers and wails for help. What would I do without those giggling hyenas?

 

The Orange Slide – Mach 1

There are quite a few different slides. The orange slide is the only slide you go down without an inner tube, the inner tubes are free by the way, with the cost of admission. The weight limit on that slide is 300 lbs.

 

Tips for Traveling to Evergreen Wings and Waves

– – The earlier you visit the better. If you get there just as they open you might just have the place to yourself. Either way, the crowds are super small in the earlier open hours. Right around noon, the place starts filling up.

– – Bring cash for food, or bring lunch. With your bracelet you can come and go as you please, so it’s absolutely acceptable to have a picnic out on the lawns. If you decide to eat on site, just remember this is a tourist location and you’re going to be paying for tourist fare. A burger with fries is about $8 bucks. You can get a beverage with that, or just by an all-day refillable cup. I sprung for the cup, and I was glad that I did.

While I was googling today, I found another similar review. Interested: Click HERE. The author suggests a trip to the town of Carlton, complete with an outdoor pool. I will certainly have to look into adding that into our next year’s itinerary!