Saturday, October 18, 2014

31 Days in Oregon: Cape Meares

• thirty-one day challenge •
{DAY 18} 
Northern Beaches

Located west of Tillamook, right along the Pacific Ocean, is Oregon's shortest lighthouse. The Cape Meares Lighthouse may be small, but is a lovely place to visit. The short walk to the lighthouse is gorgeous with views of rugged cliffs and ocean waves. There is no charge to climb to the top of the lighthouse and we learn something new each time we visit.

In the Parking Area
Cape Meares is a State Park, as well as a National Wildlife Refuge.

During one visit, there were telescopes set up at a viewing deck in the parking lot. We got to peek at a nesting Peregrine Falcon with chicks in the rocks.

Walking to the Lighthouse
The view walking to the lighthouse. Look closely and you will see many birds and maybe even a sea lion or two.

Cape Meares Lighthouse
Years ago, when Capt. N was so little.

The lighthouse was built in 1889 and decommissioned in 1963.

Lighthouse lenses

Lighthouse lenses

Lighthouse lenses

Lighthouse lenses
Notice the reflection in the clear lens is turning the objects upside down.

Views of Pillar Rock & Pyramid Rock, from the top of the lighthouse.

Many sea birds nest on the rocks.

Lighthouse stairway

Walking Back to the Parking Area
It's a short walk to and from the lighthouse on a paved trail among the old growth forest.

Octopus Tree
The Octopus Tree is a short walk from the parking lot. It is a 250-300 year old Sitka Spruce and considered an Oregon Heritage Tree. It was once a ceremonial site for a Native American tribe.

Oregon Coast Trail
Continue past the Octopus Tree and follow the Oregon Coast Trail.

Gorgeous views

Turkey Vultures

Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge

Beautiful spring wildflowers

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