Cape Meares Lighthouse is one of Oregon's most remote lighthouses, but it is quite accessible. It is one of the few lighthouses in the state that is not on Highway 101. This is also Oregon's shortest lighthouse. It is the location high up on the bluff that made its light effective. The lighthouse is located west of Tillamook on Three Capes Loop Scenic Highway. The road can be rough at times but is paved. I suggest inquiring in Tillamook or Oceanside for any travel advisories before you go as parts of the road can be closed. The trail down to the lighthouse from the parking lot is also paved (asphalt) but it could be a bit steep for some people. I think it could be wheelchair accessible with assistance, but there are accessible viewing platforms at the parking lot and picnic area. There are benches along the trail so you can take a rest break; and, there are several vista points where you can rest and/or enjoy the gorgeous view. There is an abundance of birds and other wildlife, and at certain times of the year you can also see wildflowers and whales. The lighthouse interior, with its small gift shop, is open seasonally with no admission charge. The trails and the view are open year-round. Be sure to take your camera and allow plenty of time to enjoy the views and the lighthouse and to return up the trail at your own pace. There is an alternate loop trail if you want to see a different view on the way back up the hill. If you have time, be sure to visit The Octopus Tree several hundred feet across the parking lot.
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