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Cape Lookout is one of the most striking and scenic headlands on the Pacific Coast. The cape is a narrow headland about 2 miles long (3.2 km) made of basaltic lava with vertical sea cliffs 800 feet (244 m) high. Extending north from the headland for 6 miles (9.7 km) is Netarts Spit, a dune covered ridge of sand separating Netarts Bay from the open ocean.
The original acquisition for Cape Lookout State Park was a 1935 gift of 975 acres from the U. S. Lighthouse Service. The Cape Lookout Trail is a popular hiking trail, extending 2.5 miles (4.0 km) through Sitka spruce forest to the tip of the promontory. The cliff-top hiking trail offers views of Cape Kiwanda and Cascade Head to the south as well as Cape Meares, Three Arch Rocks, and Neahkahnie Mountain to the north. Migrating whales can be seen, generally from December through June, as they pass the end of the cape.
On August 1st, 1943, an Army Air Force B-17 bomber struck the cape while on a coastal patrol. The bomber was out of Pendleton, Oregon, with a mission to fly around the north Oregon coast and on to Cape Disappointment on the Washington coast. But the pilot lost his bearings and flew too low, crashing into the headland. It took a full day for search crews to reach the crash site and rescue one surviving member of the flight crew. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Cape Lookout.