"Three Capes Loop, which is..." Gleneden Beach Things to Do Tip by goingsolo
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Three Capes Loop, which is actually north of Gleneden Beach, is a slight diversion off the Pacific Coast Highway. The loop is a spectacular drive beginning through forest then winding along the coast and then past a sand dune before it rejoins the Pacific Coast Highway.
The loop passes Cape Mears, Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda. The first contains a lighthouse which is no longer in operational, but open to the public to climb to the top. At the second Cape, you'll find Cape Lookout State Park, which has a few trails which climb above the water level for a nice aerial view. Cape Kiwanda, last but not least, is the smallest of the three, but is the area where winds are at their strongest, causing pretty fierce waves to crash into the shoreline.
This is a great drive which I'd highly recommend it. But be aware that this is a narrow, winding road which curves pretty close to the edge. Its easy to become spellbound by the view, but don't let that happen while you're behind the wheel.
Address: Just south of Tillamook off of PCH 101
Directions: Heading south along Hwy 101, you'll see the sign leading to this scenic byway.