Despite the reliance of the Oregon Coast on timber, and the resulting conversion of the state and national forests to large scale commercial forests, there are a few rare scattered trees that are remains of what the forests here used to look like.These trees are especially rare on the very edge of the Oregon coast, as winds chop of the tops of...more
Cape Meares was suggested to us for our trip , so we tried our best to accomodate it---very much recommended if possible---a great drive around beautiful beaches, cliffs, and many sights along the coastal corner of Oregon. The lighthouse is spectacular and the trails lead to great views.more
Unfortunately, in January of 2010 several thugs visited the Cape Meares Lighthouse and shot out most of the windows as well as doing significant damage to the landscaping around the lighthouse. The First Order Fresnel Lens was severely damaged, but significant portions were able to be saved. As of October of 2011, the exterior windows have been...more
Just north of the little town of Cape Meares and the Cape Meares State Park, you will find a long, thin peninsula that divides Tillamook Bay from the Pacific Ocean. This is the Bayocean Peninsula.Around 1912, a bunch of resort developers decided that this peninsula would be a great place to construct an ocean resort town. Unfortunately, when...more
The Lighthouse at Cape Meares is the shortest lighthouse in all of Oregon. It sits atop a 217 foot (66 m) tall cliff so it does not need to be tall.It was built in 1890 for a cost of 2,900$ using bricks that were made at the same location. The Lighthouse was decommissioned in 1963 and serves now as more of a park than an actual working...more
It is not known exactly what forces caused this Sitka Spruce to form in such an unusual shape for an evergreen tree. However, it has become a fairly well known tree, and though from a distance is blends in fairly well with the rest of the forest, as the height isn't extreme, the huge diamater at the base among the many trunks make it seem very...more
There are several viewpoints on the southern side of Cape Meares, and in fact there is an entire paved trail that runs along the edge of the cliff that provides a number of good views, including several benches you could use as picnic spots overlooking the ocean.From the parking lot, go directly south to the wooden platform viewpoint that looks...more
There are several viewpoints along the edge of the cliff at Cape Meares.Looking west, you can see the Pacific Ocean and the rugged beauty of the rocks that stick out of the ocean and made this a good place to put a lighthouse in the first place. The largest of these two rocks are Pillar Rock and Pyramid Rock. In the summer these are "nesting"...more
This is a nice 1890 lighthouse in a beautiful location. It is the shortest one in Oregon--It didn't need to be tall because it was already high up on a cliff.It has a Fresnel lens that was made in Paris, shipped around Cape Horn to Cape Meares and then hauled up the cliff. The lens made one revolution every 4 minutes. It produced about 30 seconds...more
The Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge is hope to more than 100,000 nesting common murre. It was the first National Wildlife Refuge west of the Mississippi. The park is located about 1/2 mile of shore it totals 15 acres and is composed of 3 large rock islands and 6 smaller ones. The species found on the rocks include Common Murre, Leach's...more
Located inside the Cape Meares Lighthouse, you will find a small store that raises money to keep the facility open by selling various memorabilia. Much of this is oriented around lighthouses in general and the Cape Meares Lighthouse in particular, but there are also more generic Oregon Coast post cards, a small selection of toys, and local artworks.
There is also a small selection of food items.
Please note that the number of items sold on their web site is only a very small selection of the wide variety that is in their store.
There really is a huge variety of items crammed into this little room at the back of the light house, so it is hard to list it all. There are children's binoculars, light house socks, Oregon Coast and lighthouse refrigerator magnets, and countless others in here.
What to buy: Concentrate on the very localized memorabilia and art works that you will probably not find anywhere else.
Though, it is hard to imagine anyone else selling the lighthouse socks, and a few of the other lighthouse specific items you will find here.
On the way to Cape Meares you will have to travel along the Cape Meares loop. The road is extremely bad. large dips and bumps as well as several spots where the road goes from pavement to dirt make the travel very rough. The speed limit on the road changes to slow your speed, usually i figure you can go a little over that and still be fine. In this case i would probably try and keep to it to make your ride more comfortable.
You will see pastureland with cows grazing on lush grass on the drive to and from Tillamook and Cape Meares.
It's quite rural and very pleasant and unhurried. A stop at the Cheese Factory is a must. Here you can see the delicious and famous Tillamook cheese being made and get some samples.
We enjoyed purchasing some cheese to keep with us for snacking on our trip.
They also had smoked salmon which was very good.
The Tillamook County Creamery Association is located on Highway 101 two miles north of Tillamook, Oregon.