Day 2 – Three Capes Scenic Loop
Unpack once and enjoy several days along the beautiful Oregon coast. Sandlake Country Inn is perfectly located to explore the northern Oregon coast. Located along the beautiful Three Capes Scenic Loop there are scenic outlooks, hiking trails, beautiful beaches and a lighthouse.
Our day 2 itinerary centers around the Three Capes Scenic Loop and is a fairly busy schedule. If you are the type who likes to give yourself some down time, consider doing it over 3 or 4 days.
Take a look at some of views you’ll see following our Three Capes Scenic Loop itinerary.
When you check-in to Sandlake Country Inn, we’ll provide you with turn-by-turn directions.
Starting at Sandlake Country Inn, you’ll head north along the coastal route called the Three Capes Scenic Route or Loop:
Cape Lookout Hike – one of the most beautiful hikes on the Oregon coast! There are actually 3 trails you can choose from. Most people choose the Cape Trail. This trail is approx 2 1/2 miles to the tip of Cape Lookout. Follow the trail through old growth forest along with stunning ocean views both north and south of Cape Lookout. The Cape Lookout Trail ends directly at the tip of Cape Lookout. It’s a great place to whale watch. The other 2 trails are South Trail which takes a steep path to the beach south of Cape Lookout and the North Trail which brings you up to Cape Lookout State Park.
A few minutes north of Cape Lookout Trail Head is the entrance to Cape Lookout State Park. A great place for camping. There is also a really nice Day Use Area here with beach access, picnic tables and a gazebo.
Whiskey Creek Fish Hatchery. You can take a little tour of the fish hatchery and feed the fish. Don’t miss the huge rainbow trout behind the hatchery. After leaving the fish hatchery continue north until there is a fork in the road. Choose the left fork. This takes you along Netarts Bay where there is great clamming and crabbing. You do need a license to clam and crab. If you need a license or equipment, you can stop in at the RV park and they can rent them to you.
At the stop sign in Netarts, turn left and continue along the Three Capes Scenic Route to Oceanside. Oceanside is a quaint little village with an amazing beach and 3 Arch Rocks which is a wildlife refuge. If you walk a little north on the beach you’ll see Maxwell Point. At very low tide you can actually walk around Maxwell Point (getting slightly wet) or you can take the tunnel that’s built into the point. On the other side of the tunnel is Tunnel Beach. This beach is beautiful and at very low tides you can walk quite a ways north and explore the tide pools and rock formations.
Short Beach – also known as ‘Secret Beach”. It’s a very special area and because we consider it a secret beach, we’ll tell you the secret of where it is when you stay with us!
Cape Meares, Cape Meares Lighthouse & the Octopus Tree. After exploring the Cape Meares area you’ll need to drive back the way you just came. Just stay on the main road and it will go to Tillamook. Unfortunately, the road has slid and you can no longer drive around Tillamook Bay to get to Tillamook.
Once you get to Tillamook, go north on #101. Stop at the Blue Heron French Cheese Company for wine tasting, food sampling and gourmet items.
Continue north to the famous Tillamook Cheese Factory. There is a self guided tour, shopping area for novelties, a cafe and you can’t leave without eating their wonderful ice cream!
Time to head back south on #101 back to Sandlake Country Inn. There’s one more stop along the way. It’s Munson Falls. Near milepost 73, you’ll turn left on Munson Creek Rd (small rd). Drive 0.7 miles and the road will turn into gravel. Follow signs to Munson Creek. The walking path is approx. 1/4 mile and you’ll experience moss covered trees and Munson Creek. Munson Creek is the highest waterfall in the Coast Range.
Continue south on #101 and take a right on Sandlake Rd. Drive 4 miles to the stop sign. Turn left. Drive 1 mile and turn right on Galloway. You’ve arrived back at our Oregon coast bed and breakfast, Sandlake Country Inn!