|#selfie. I really should get a lightweight tripod for hiking.|
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The five mile round trip hike is rated "easy" in my hiking book, so we expected it to be mostly flat. Curt and I were both a little surprised at the amount of up and down involved in getting to the top of the cape. I think we'd rate this hike at the "hard end of the easy" scale or the "low end of the moderate" scale.
The old growth forest we hiked through was stunning. There's even a hidden waterfall that was really fun to discover.
|old growth forest|
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|Oregon has the strangest trees.|
|hidden waterfall and creek leading down to the ocean|
The picnic spot at the top of the cape was sheltered from the wind by the brush and was incredibly beautiful and relaxing. We could have stayed there all day watching the sea lions (or were they seals?) playing in the water off the end of the cape.
|Can you see how muddy my shoes are?|
On the way back, we took a short detour down to the beach and had the dogs wash off in the water before loading their muddy selves into the back of Curt's car.
Cape Falcon was a relatively easy hike with clearly marked trails. I would recommend it in the summer when the chances of the trail being dried out are greater.
On our way home we drove straight into a fierce thunderstorm Midwest style. Dark, ominous clouds. Torrential downpour. Hail pounding the car. Roads flash flooding with no visibility. Then gorgeous, peaceful skies and calm after the storm. It was awesome!