Cape Ferrelo (Oregon Coast) 05-Dec-2017

Cape Ferrelo Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Oregon

When the first waves of winter wet arrived in November, we thought we’d missed our chance for one more dry visit to the Oregon Coast this year. But then high pressure took control ( a somewhat unusual occurrence) and the coastal forecast came up with 10+ days of clear, sunny, and mild conditions. So we headed to the coast to walk on the beach and enjoy a few short hikes. The first of these was an out-and-back (3.6 miles roundtrip; 800 feet of elevation gain) from the House Rock Viewpoint to Cape Ferrelo on a section of the Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) in the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor.  This proved to be a wonderful hike through stands of old growth spruce and red alder to the grassy top of the cape for breathtaking views of the rugged coastline on the most bluebird of days!

Cape Ferrelo Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Oregon
The Samuel H. Boardman (Oregon Parks first superintendent) memorial at House Rock Viewpoint
Cape Ferrelo Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Oregon
On the OCT through dense coastal forest toward the cape
Cape Ferrelo Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Oregon
House and Barnacle Rocks (upper left) from the OCT
Cape Ferrelo Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Oregon
Tall trees and sun along the OCT
Cape Ferrelo Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Oregon
Another view from the OCT
Cape Ferrelo Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Oregon
Crossing the grasslands on the cape
Cape Ferrelo Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Oregon
On the cape
Cape Ferrelo Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Oregon
Looking north from Cape Ferrelo
Cape Ferrelo Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Oregon
The rocky tip of Cape Ferrelo; House and Barnacle Rocks beyond
Cape Ferrelo Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Oregon
Looking south from Cape Ferrelo
Cape Ferrelo Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Oregon
Heading back from Cape Ferrelo
Cape Ferrelo Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor Oregon
Sunset with surfer at Brookings, Oregon

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