Cape Sebastian, Gold Beach

Cape Sebastian, Gold Beach

by | Jan 8, 2019

Cape Sebastian is 6.7 miles (10.8 km) south of Gold Beach, and about 3 miles (4.8 km) north of the Pistol River, Oregon. The cape lies within the Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor.

Spanish navigators were the first to explore the North American Pacific Coast beginning just 50 years after Columbus discovered the continent for Spain. Sebastian Vizcaino saw this cape in 1603 and named it after the patron saint of the day of his discovery. The most striking feature of this headland for visitors is the panoramic view from Highway 101. A dense forest of Sitka spruce covers most of the park and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long walking trail provides access to lower elevations on the cape.

The park was acquired between 1925 and 1963 by purchases from several property owners. Trail and road improvements were started by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Local legend tells of an encounter in 1942 during the second world war when a caretaker was checking the trail to the cape when he heard voices below him. A brief break in the fog revealed a Japanese submarine on the surface recharging its batteries. This coincides with the aerial bombing of Brookings and the shelling of Fort Stevens. Read more here and here. Explore more of Cape Sebastian here:

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