If to think, Cape Blanco State Park is one of my favorite places on Oregon Coast. First of all, it has a lighthouse. Second, the coastline is beautiful. Third, the area has nasty character, and I love it!
You will say: what do you mean “nasty character”? The westernmost point in the state, state park tends to have strong almost dangerous winds most of the time.
Two years ago, when I naively planned to complete our all-Oregon coast lighthouses trip, we stopped there only to be scared by the strong gusts that didn’t allow me to open the car door.
I cannot say that the wind was milder during our Memorial Day trip. Okay, maybe a bit. But at the same time, I came prepared. I read everything that I could find about the place. I googled the weather forecast that told me that the wind will be stronger closer to the end of the day.
Of course, that trip was almost photo-less for me. I was lazy to shoot in the golden hour, or sunset, or sunrise. The weather was not comfortable for me (that’s one of the primary excuses for my laziness): son was bright, the wind was cold and strong, and there was no fog at all 🙁 And I love Oregonian coast covered with grayish clouds and fog…
We drove midday from one place to another, I tried to get few decent shots. We hiked a bit. But mostly drove.
Cape Blanco was our last stop of the day. And we were almost close to the golden hour (I’m lying, it was two hours before it). Though, as nearly everywhere in Oregon trail was surrounded with wildflowers. The wind almost blew camera out of my head. And I practiced “power-pose” trying to be at least for a few seconds stable.
We were too early for the golden hour but too late for the lighthouse tours. Photos showed the spiral staircase insight of the building, and working Fresnel lens on top of the tower.
But being late for the tours allowed us to be almost alone in the entire place.
We parked before the gate (closed) and walked to the lighthouse grounds.
On a short path, you will see the Gull Rock on the right, and the famous Needle Rock on the left.
There is a trail that follows the south bluff and eventually leads down to the beach to Needle Rock. Or it’s possible to drive almost down to the beach and walk it. There is also a campground nearby.
Cape Blanco State Park location
Official park website: link
Lighthouse tours: April-Oct. 31, Wednesday – Monday, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Last tour ticket sold at 3:15 p.m. Gates close at 3:30 p.m. (Closed Tuesdays)