After our visit to Brandon, we stopped for one more lighthouse on the drive back. We hit the jackpot with this one, it is located in a breathtakingly beautiful area. Cape Blanco is located about 9 miles north of Port Orford along a mountainous stretch of Oregon coastline. Jutting out a mile and a half into the Pacific, it is a large and fairly level promontory about 200 feet above sea level, with white, chalky cliffs that face the ocean (hence its name) and jagged, rocky formations extending from its northern end. The Sixes River flows into the Pacific Ocean at the northern border of Cape Blanco State Park, and a short 2-mile hike along the Oregon Coast Trail leads south from the park to the mouth of the wild and scenic Elk River.
The cape’s two most notable landmarks are the Cape Blanco Lighthouse and Hughes House. The lighthouse went online in 1870 and is still in service today. It is open to the public from April through October, and the view of the coastline from the lens room is absolutely spectacular. The Hughes ranch house was built in 1898 and has been completely restored. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and is now operated as a historic house museum. There is also a nearby pioneer cemetery. We didn’t have time to visit it today, maybe on the next drive. ;-) Check back later for more Oregon adventures.