Boiler Bay

Cape Foulweather: not a foul view
by Halle Renn

Just south of Depoe Bay, Cape Foulweather rises 500 feet above the ocean, creating fantastic views of the Central Oregon coast. It is given the moniker “where Oregon began” as it is the first land formation seen by Captain Cook on that fateful voyage in 1778. While it was named for the terrible weather conditions Cook encountered here, this basalt headland is a true gem of Oregon’s natural beauty. Standing at the viewpoint on a calm and sunny summer day, you are more than likely to have unbeatable views of Gray whales cavorting and feeding in the abundant kelp beds below.
Cape Foulweather
Cape Foulweather, photo by Steve Griffiths

Cape Foulweather
Cape Foulweather, photo by Steve Griffiths

Looking south from the cape viewpoint you are treated to a stunning view of the famous Devil’s Punchbowl and the craggy beaches of Otter Rock. The Punchbowl is a spectacular and imposing cave that is inundated with water during high tide. During these tide events, the bowl churns and roils the ocean water angrily, creating fascinating and awe-inspiring viewing. Gulls and Cormorants are commonly seen as they move to and from Gull Rock in the distance.
On the other side lies a one-way road that winds its way up the north side of the cape. The Otter Crest Loop Road begins near Rocky Creek and Rodea Point and gives one spectacular view after another.
Cape Foulweather
Cape Foulweather, photo by Steve Griffiths

Cape Foulweather
Black Oystercatcher at Rocky Creek, photo by dawn v

Black Oystercatchers, Surfbirds, and Black Turnstones can be seen at the rocky viewpoints and as you drive higher towards the top of the Cape you may be lucky enough to view a Bald Eagle or two soaring between the cliffs.
The road up offers a nice respite from the traffic of Highway 101. Whether biking or driving, take in the ancient and dramatic forest scenery and enjoy those clifftop views.
Cape Foulweather
Otter Crest Loop view, photo by dawn v

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