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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