COVID-19 UPDATE: Park trails and viewpoint are open for limited daytime use. Please pack out trash.
Cape Sebastian ... the very name invokes images of early Spanish explorers and long journeys. The cape was named in honor of Saint Sebastian in 1603 by the Spanish navigator Sebastian Vizcaino. The most striking feature of this park is the panoramic view, both parking lots are over 200 feet above sea level. At the south parking vista, you can see up to 43 miles to the north with Humbug Mountain filling the view. Looking south, you can see nearly 50 miles toward Crescent City, California and Point St. George Lighthouse.
A deep forest of Sitka spruce covers most of the park and a 1.5 mile walking trail takes you out to the lower levels of the cape. If you're lucky, the trail will give you a chance to enjoy awe-inspiring views of the gray whales on their bi-annual migrations.
The park was acquired between 1925 and 1963 by purchase from several owners. Trail and road improvements were started by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s which have been maintained to the present. In about 1942, so the story goes, 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. The caretaker retreated and told his story to the Coast Guard.