Cape Meares – Tillamook Oregon
Amidst the beauty that can be found at Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint and National Wildlife Refuge, visitors will find a tiny wonder known as Cape Meares Lighthouse. This truly unique lighthouse was built in 1889 and proudly bears the title of the shortest lighthouse in Oregon. At only 38-feet-tall, Cape Meares Lighthouse may not be colossal in size, but it is a delightful sight to see nonetheless. Visitors and especially lighthouse collectors will find it impossibly difficult to pass up the interpretive gift shop that adjoins Cape Meares Lighthouse. Admission to the lighthouse is free and it is handicap accessible, although visitors should be advised that the trail up from the lighthouse is moderately steep. The lighthouse is open to visitors from April 1 thru October 31 (weather permitting).
Before leaving the park, take the short trail that leads to the enormous Sitka spruce known as the Octopus Tree. The 50-foot base of this peculiar shaped tree branches upward and has taken on tentacle like qualities. Once serving as an Indian ceremonial tree, the giant Sitka spruce is believed to have been purposely shaped this way during its formative years. As one of the great wonders of the world, the Octopus Tree is a must-see historical site. The tree is located approximately 600 feet from the circular parking area.
The ‘Big Spruce’, Oregon’s largest Sitka spruce, is located in Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge. The trail to the Big Spruce begins at the small parking area at the entrance to Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint. Visitors will find a sign at the parking area directing them to the Big Spruce. The Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge is open daily from 7am-dusk.