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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