In the last year I have found the best way to get to know friends is to go hiking with them. There’s something about being out in nature, being “disconnected” from technology, school/work. I have been blessed to have met friends that love to hike and explore as much as me. Also, that have more experience in this area than I do. I’m a firm believer in swallowing your pride to be able to learn and explore in a area that you may not know. After all, that’s how you learn. Letting someone else show you somewhere they love, something they love to do and are passionate about. In this particular trip I had talked about wanting to do some more hiking with my friend Milan.
We both were dying for a beach trip and decided to trip out some hikes around the Oregon coast. She had heard about Cape Lookout and the scenic views, but had not done the hike. I was 100% in. She and Courtney, an acquaintance- but soon to be fast friend, picked me up and we headed to the trail head of Cape Lookout Trail. About 45 mins to an hour away from Portland. The hike was 5 miles round trip. We set off along the trail, but it didn’t take long for us to get off the beaten path. We found a cool partially down tree across the path and decided to see how far we could get up the tree.
We found partially dug out paths off the trail that lead to some cool hideaways made up of tree roots and branches. It was like exploring when your a kid and finding any cool hideaway or club house you could. We didn’t stray too far from the marked path. By far the coolest side path we found was what looked like a tunnel made out of vines and tree branches. We were curious as this almost manmade tunnel, but still looked as if it could have been a natural occurrence. I felt like Alice and Wonderland as we ventured into the tunnel within the brambles. after a short distance the “hidden path” opened up to a massive clearing overlooking the ocean! It was by far the best view of the Cape. We all took about 1,000 photos here and stopped to enjoy the quiet as we watched the waves and listened to the ocean. I could have stayed their forever.
We went back to the path and continued along the trail. We found an amazing down massive tree that had splintered and looked like a massive throne. So, naturally we had to stop and take photos in this tree throne we had found
We finally reached the first marked lookout viewpoint. In out true fashion for the day, we noticed a tree nearby that had the perfect branch for sitting. So we each took turns climbing the tree to get a better view over the lookout. A true birds eye view! We could see seals that were swimming in the water below.
After about half an hour of tree climbing and seal watching, we continued along the trail. The rest of the path went by fast. We made our way to the end and the official lookout point.
We ran back as we wanted to make much quicker work of the trail. We had stopped, seen and taken our share of photos by this point.
It was a surprisingly warm spring day, and were all craving a drink on the beach. We left the trailhead and made our way along the coast until we reached seaside. We grabbed a late lunch at Mo’s- a local seafood restaurant. Then went down and hangout at the beach while we waited for the sun to set. It was a beautiful end to a glorious day of hiking and adventures with my girls.