• Cape Foulweather, Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint - Otter Rock, Oregon

      Cape Foulweather
      Photo by Peter Thody
      This rugged promontory received its wonderfully evocative name on March 7th 1778 when the expedition led by English navigator Captain James Cook caught its first sight of North America's Pacific North West Coast. As the name suggests, a huge storm was raging at the time but the explorers were sufficiently impressed to publish positive accounts of the region's potential, and the fur trade soon followed.

      If you go:
      As the sign at the lookout advises, 100 mph winds are still not unusual but when the weather permits you're likely to spot sea lions below; you may even be lucky enough to spot whales further out to sea.


      Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint
      Highway 101
      Otter Rock, Oregon 97369 USA

      Mailing address:
      Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
      State Parks
      725 Summer Street NE, Suite C
      Salem, OR 97301 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Oregon State Parks and Recreation
      +1 (800) 551-6949

      Comments 2 Comments
      1. Eris's Avatar
        Eris -
        Big fan of Capt Cook and his exploits. Below is a photo of a board at Cape Foulweather. I was lucky and visited on a glorious sunny day.

        PS. Peter I hope that is not a pint of Tetleys you are holding as it is now made out of Yorkshire. I drove past the old Tetley brewery the other day and it was a sad sight to see all the piles of bricks. What is the country coming to – breweries being flattened. Support John Smith’s beer as he was a Yorkshire lad from way back and the beer is still brewed at Tadcaster in Yorkshire.
      1. Mark Sedenquist's Avatar
        Mark Sedenquist -

        Thanks for the nice addition to this post!