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by Mary Dickinson
June 9, 2003
When we arrived at the parking lot we felt somewhat safer because it was big enough to accommodate many cars. Circular by design, tarred and nicely landscaped it lead to a big Interpretive Kiosk. The sun reminded us it was getting late in the day and we better see the lighthouse and get out of the mountains. The wide paved and landscaped path, one quarter of a mile in length, obviously led to the lighthouse. On each side of the path, 200 foot Sitka spruce and western hemlock trees rose majestically skyward. Those protected blocks of trees are from the old growth forest. The path to the light house is straight as an arrow through a long narrow headland and soon we could see the cage surrounding the first order Fresnel lens, the lighthouse's light.
A side path led to an unbelievable view of 200 foot cliffs dropping right down to the ocean. It took my breath away but the birds gliding here and there seemed quite at home. This area is home for federally threatened birds, including northern spotted owls, bald eagles and marbled murrelets. Forcing ourselves to get back on the path we finally arrived at the lighthouse and to our surprise it has a short stubby tower and is only 38 feet to the top. The 200 foot cliff provides adequate height for the light to project more than twenty miles out to sea. To our disappointment it was closed. It opens daily from 11-4 from April to October. It was shortly after 4pm. The 1890 lighthouse and workers room (now an interpretive store) is really photogenic. You can stand on the incoming path and get just the light or circle around to the side and get the whole thing.
From journal Lighthouses on the Oregon Coast
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
August 28, 2001
It's easy to get to by walking along the downhill paved path from the parking lot. Along the way, there are look out spots where you'll get great views of large rock formations that are home to various sea birds. The waves really pound this whole area so you can see why the lighthouse was so necessary.
Another difference with Cape Meares is that the glass lens or beacon is red and if you climb to the top you definitely can see the world through rose colored glass. Since the lighthouse is so short, it's equivalent to only a few flights of stairs so it's a pretty easy climb. There isn't a lot of room on the enclosed observation deck but it's worth the visit since there is a volunteer in residence to talk about the history of the lighthouse.
On the main floor, a cute little gift shop offers all kinds of souvenirs, post cards, memorabilia, clothing, etc.
The lighthouse, as well as the park, is open year round. There are some nice walking trails nearby.
From journal Lighting Up the Coast