Cape Sebastian

After our slow, bumpy drive to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness on Tuesday, Wednesdays hike was only about five minutes from our hotel in Gold Beach. We would be following a section of the Oregon Coast Trail through Cape Sebastian State Park. We began our hike at a gravel parking lot just off Highway 101 along Bellview Lane. A gate and sign for the Oregon Coast Trail were located just across Bellview Lane from the parking area.
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The trail was a grass and flower covered roadbed with some of the best salmonberries ever along the sides.
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This section of the Oregon Coast Trail was well signed (we would discover later in the week this wasn’t the case for other sections).
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This side path led 1.1 miles to a beach that we would visit on our way back.
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At the 2.3 mile mark a sign directed us to our first viewpoint.
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Beyond the viewpoint the Oregon Coast Trail climbed for .8 miles through the trees to a parking lot in Cape Sebastian State Park.
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A 0.4 mile trail connected this parking lot with an upper parking lot with a better view, although we arrived just as a cloud was passing over. There was a small patch of poison oak marked with a stake along this stretch.
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From this second viewpoint the trail passed through a windswept meadow then into a forest following an interesting ridge that ran parallel to the Pacific Ocean.
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There was a viewpoint along they way with lichen covered rocks.
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After .6 miles the trail began to descend through more open woods where a good number of flowers were blooming. Along with the flowers came a fair amount of poison oak.
Wild iris
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Bridges’ brodiaea and poison oak
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Paintbrush
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Blueblossom
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Columbian lily
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Another lily
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More Bridges’ brodiaea
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There were also some nice views along this 1.3 mile section of the trail.
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The trail eventually arrived at Hunters Beach but the final drop down to the actual beach was down a steep slope. Much of it had been worn away by the elements and a rope had been set up for assistance. To complicate the descent there was poison oak on both sides of the trail.
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We made it down to the sandy beach where we joined a pair of deer, some birds, lizards, and a millipede.
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Hunters Island dominated the view from the beach.
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We returned the way we’d come being careful to avoid the poison oak retracting our steps all the way to the 1.1 mile side trail to a beach just a half mile from Bellview Lane. This path was along another old road that led down to an overgrown meadow.
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A faint path led through the vegetation to a post on the beach.
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On this beach we found several new types of flowers.
yellow sand-verbena
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silky beach pea
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beach morning-glory
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It was pretty windy and there wasn’t much cover to be found so after a brief stay we headed back up to Bellview Lane and our car. We picked this as our evening to find a local restaurant to try and picked the Barnacle Bistro in Gold Beach. The food was great and we each enjoyed a beer from Arch Rock Brewing Company.  I had the Pistol River Pale while Heather tried the State of Jefferson Porter. It was a great cap to the day. Happy Trails!

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9319235@N02/sets/72157666235841743

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3 thoughts on “Cape Sebastian”

  1. Thank you for the photos. In your hiking along the Cape Sebastian area, did you ever see any old concrete structures? I am looking for the WW2 Radar that was supposed to have been located somewhere near Cape Sebastian.

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