Blacklock Point Loop (Oregon Coast) 07-Dec-2017

Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon

Having been granted a foul weather reprieve for one more dry visit to the Oregon Coast this year, we headed there to walk on the beach and enjoy a few short hikes. The third and last of these was a loop (5.5 miles roundtrip; 300 feet of elevation gain) – on a section of the Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) – from a trailhead at Cape Blanco State Airport to Blackrock Point  in the Floras Lake State Natural Area.  The viewless walk through the enveloping coastal forest was rewarded by expansive views from the Point and also from other viewpoints along the loop on yet another  bluebird day!  What a way to wrap-up our imprompu, but spectacular, visit to the coast in winter.

Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
The trail is an old road through the thick coastal woodland
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
Reflections on very still waters
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
No wildflowers, but lots of wet mushrooms
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
The forest started to thin
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
And then we broke out of the trees on to the Point
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
Cape Blanco Lighthouse from Blacklock Point
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
Blacklock Point
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
Tower Rock
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
Tower Rock from further north on the trail
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
View from the cliffs
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
Looking north
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
An amazing day at the coast
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
A shadow selfie with a view
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
Heading back
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
Sunset over Table Rock at Bandon, Oregon
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
Sunset from Bandon South Jetty Park
Blacklock Point Floras Lake State Natural Area Oregon
Sunset over the mouth of the Coquille River

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