Linea on the trail

Linea on the trail

I’ve always loved camping, but cold temperatures and the task of setting up camp have made me a bit reticent to plan a trip. That is, until the sun poked through the Oregon clouds and my boyfriend and I scored a yurt reservation at Cape Lookout State Park on the Oregon Coast.

We started our adventure by gathering our minimal camping gear, including our much-needed sunglasses. We didn’t require a lot since the yurt we were staying in had heat and electricity; just some hiking boots, bedding, and gourmet accoutrements (of course we wanted to round out our glorious weekend the way so many campers in this state do—enjoying Oregon’s bountiful culinary delights under its star-encrusted canopy).

Inside of yurt

Inside of yurt

This was my first time staying in a yurt and it was amazing! We stayed in an exceedingly clean, 16′ yurt so close to the ocean that the tide rocked us to sleep…literally. Cape Lookout’s beach is covered in the most remarkable rocks—including agate! As the ocean ebbed and flowed, the rocks gently rolled over themselves and serenaded us to sleep.

The effortlessness of the ocean in lulling us to sleep was exponentially increased due to our hike to the edge of the country—we were worn out, not to mention full from our delicious camp-fire-cooked meal. We had taken the Cape Lookout Trail, which is 4.8 miles roundtrip. It leads trekkers through forests and mountain terrain with breathtaking glimpses of the sparkling ocean far below. Just make sure and bring suitable shoes; it can be muddy in spots. The park has three options for trail-blazers: the Cape Lookout trail we took; the South trail which winds 1.8 miles south to the beach below the trail head and the North Trail which leads 2.3 miles north to the day use area. Trail guides are available at the registration booth or from a park host.

Outside the yurt

Outside the yurt

Every aspect of this trip was perfect. Yurts? The best way to camp! Cape Lookout? Gorgeous. Oregon? Sunny and scenic.

For more information on hiking or places to stay near our sunny beaches, please visit our Oregon Coast section.

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  1. Cindy Gagliano says…

    Very nice Linea. What did you eat.

    Written on March 1st, 2008 / Flag this Comment
  2. christina galas says…

    Sounds like a great weekend trip… my boyfriend and I have been wanting to stay in a yurt for a while now…. thanks for the info.. One thing can you cook inside the yurt or only sleep?

    Written on April 8th, 2008 / Flag this Comment
  3. Melanie says…

    This was awesome…thanks so much for sharing Linea! I have been obsessed with yurts for a few years now, and it has been dream to camp and stay in one:0) My sister and I are planning a trip to Washington and Oregon this summer, so I will definitely check this place out! Thanks for the info!

    Written on April 9th, 2008 / Flag this Comment
  4. Linea Carlson says…

    In response to Christina’s question: No, you can’t cook in the yurt, but they have a great fire ring right outside. My boyfriend is uber-prepared for camping and has a handy Coleman stove we used outside. The yurt does have electricity, so you can read, play games, etc…just no cooking. I highly recommend going! It’s an amazing weekend getaway!

    Written on April 25th, 2008 / Flag this Comment
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  8. Johann says…

    If your YurtVenture needs some music to make it complete be sure to catch the Christmas Music performance at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort.

    On Sunday December 19, 2010 Karen Kitchen, vocalist for the Portland Oregon band “Border Crossing”, will be providing an international Christmas music show at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort South of Lincoln City in Gleneden Beach.

    Event Details
    Date: Sunday December 19, 2010
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    Admission: donation of canned food, pre-packaged foods or cash to benefit the Lincoln City Food Pantry
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    Languages: Karen Kitchen will be singing in English, French and Spanish
    Location: Salishan Spa & Golf Resort- 7760 Highway 101 North Gleneden Beach, OR 97388
    Phone: 1-800-452-2300
    Drive Time from Portland: 2 hours, 17 minutes
    Recommended Route: I-5 South to Highway 18 West

    Border Crossing Band Members
    - Karen Kitchen, vocals
    - Fred Hard, upright bass
    - Peter Dammann, guitar

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