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Backpacker Magazine – September 2012

From the Field: West

Our trail scouts' top local hikes

by: Sarah L. Stewart

Point Reyes (AGE Fotostock)
Point Reyes (AGE Fotostock)
Yovimpa POint, Bryce Canyon (Catherine Brooks)
Yovimpa POint, Bryce Canyon (Catherine Brooks)

Cape Lookout Point, Cape Lookout SP, OR
Pete Marvin, Tillamook, OR

Walk among 200-foot-tall Sitka spruce and lush temperate rainforest at the tail end of the dry season on this five-mile out-and-back to a Pacific promontory. At mile .6, look for a plaque marking where a B-17 crashed during a military training mission in the ’40s. Continue descending gradually for periodic ocean views through the forest, though none matching the final panorama at the tip of the point. “Bring binoculars to look for seals and sea lions swimming 400 feet below,” Marvin says. Trip ID 406908

“Keep an eye out for gray whales spouting off the point.”




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