Cape Lookout south face
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Conditions:Sunny, 60 degree F, winds to 15 MPH from the N. Swell 4 ft. with some large waves against the N side of the cape. Many waterfalls spilling into the ocean from recent rains, many wispy strands of gentle white spray.Observations:dingModerate use of Cape Lookout State Park, but nobody else on the water. General impression of healthy ecosystem. The N side of the cape looked good as usual. No problems noted. The tip of the cape was dominated by pelicans and cormarants and unusually I saw no sea mammals. Rounding to the S side, my mile, I was shocked to see waves of murre's, both from the cliffs and from large floating colonies. They looked fat and energetic. I have seen good years and disasterous years, but never a year such as this! The rest of the S side seemed normal with some bull kelp towards shore, no garbage spotted, no significant slides and no dead birds. I stayed away from the cliffs due to nesting birds, so I had no close look of the tidal area or the many sea caves that I like to explore. Note: Two park rangers seperately told me that the reason so many murres are now here is that eagles are disrupting larger nesting areas at Cape Meares.
Other Mile 270 Reports (9)


July 22, 2020 - EJD
This is a very beautiful mile of coast. I was able to walk the whole mile along the shore at low tide. There are enormous boulders all over the shore and major cracks in the cliffs. Some small sea...


November 12, 2018 - yakinsea
No slides/erosion noted. Few birds though many gulls, a few cormorants, a few western and horned grebes, surf scoters, pigeon guillemots.  I saw a smattering of brown jellyfish and ochre sea stars....


October 6, 2015 - yakinsea
It's been quite a while since I visited here, and it felt like visiting an old friend. After unsuccessfully trying to get other paddlers here, I ended up going solo again, which gives a much more...


August 29, 2013 - yakinsea
August 28, 2013 - yakinsea
I am combining three mile segments North, Tip, and South since I typically paddle the whole thing and no other reports are being filed currently. It was unusually warm, overcast with a warm, light...


October 17, 2010 - yakinsea
This was a very beautiful day at a stunning spot that few see up close. The North side of Cape Lookout was rough with waves shooting white-water up 30ft in places. The South side, my mile, was so...
June 26, 2010 - yakinsea
Though my section is on the S. side, I paddled around from the N., starting at Cape Lookout State Park. The Cape looked in its normal, unspoiled condition. The bird life looked great this year, but...


May 29, 2009 - yakinsea
Beautiful sunny day! This mile of coastline has unbroken basalt cliffs with bands of rock varying dramatically, including pillow tuft. Near the end of the cape, the rock is rich in voids, each...


June 14, 2008 - yakinsea
All looked well - particularly with seemingly more numerous and healthier looking birds. No erosion noted. Rough conditions and more birds kept our kayaking farther off Cape Lookout.
  • View looking at the South aspect of large shallow cave at the tip of Cape Lookout.
  • Near the end of the cape in its considerable wind shadow.