- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

DEPOE BAY, Ore. (AP) - Cape Foulweather. Appropriately named, I thought as I ventured out to a steep viewpoint against heavy winds and sideways rain. Massive waves collided with jagged rocks below, spraying water high above the ocean.

I sought shelter from the downpour under a crooked tree, likely misshapen from years of wind damage. I hunkered down there and waited impatiently for the rain to let up.

Eventually, the rain turned to a drizzle and the clouds parted, revealing blue skies. I was free to explore once again. I noticed the remains of a campfire and a handful of lavender wildflowers still in bloom. In the distance, I spotted the Lookout, nestled atop a 500-foot cliff.

To access this short hike, look for a narrow path along an unmarked turnout on Otter Crest Loop Road. It dips down into a wooded area and then emerges at a windswept cliff top, with majestic views of the central Oregon coastline.

If you’re not up for a hike but want to enjoy the view, continue on Otter Crest Loop Road until you reach the Lookout Observatory and Gift Shop.

An historical marker, placed by the Lincoln County Historical Society, says Cape Foulweather was discovered in 1778 by English explorer Captain James Cook. “The weather was particularly stormy on the day of his discovery (winds of 100 miles per hour at the cape are not unusual).”

If you go

Directions (from Salem): Take Highway 22 west to Highway 18. Continue south on Highway 101, pass through Depoe Bay and turn right onto Otter Crest Loop Road. Look for trailhead at unmarked turnout or continue on to the Lookout.

Travel time: About an hour and a half.

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The original story can be found on the Statesman Journal’s website: http://stjr.nl/1sA02ZS

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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