Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is the best destination near Yachats, located in the Siuslaw National Forest. It is 2,700 acres of old growth forests that extend along the coast. The name derives from the English explorer Captain Cook's when he sighted off the promontory on St. Perpetua's Day (March 7, 1778). Cape Perpetua Scenic Area provides excellent opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing, picnicking, and outdoor photography.
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center provides an introduction to the region. Here there are the exhibits relating to the local history, forestry, and marine life. Visitor Center open daily from 10 am to 4 pm.
Cape Perpetua Shelter
A unique landmark, Cape Perpetua Shelter was built by the Forest Service in the early 1930-s. The shelter towers 800 feet (240 m) above sea level offering a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. Cape Perpetua Shelter is the best spot to see 70 miles of coastline and 37 miles out to sea on a clear day.
Cape Perpetua Natural Wonders
Devil's Churn is a narrow shoreline channel. Over long periods of time, tides and power waves created a deep fissure in a basalt shoreline.
The best time to see these spectacular sites is a period of time between one hour before and an hour after high tide during winter storms.
Cape Perpetua Trails
There are miles of hiking trails through the pristine coastal forest.
Whispering Spruce Trail
The 0.3-mile loop, from the summit point. On a clear day, you can see up to 70 miles of Oregon's coast. The West Shelter is a great viewpoint to watch for whales.
Giant Spruce Trail
The 2.1-mile trail of easy difficulty, from the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center and back, leads to the second largest in Oregon Sitka spruce, known as the "Giant Spruce". The tree is nearly 600 years old and more than 185 feet tall, 40 feet in circumference.
Cook’s Chasm Trail
The 0.75-mile trail, easy hike to the Spouting Horn. While hiking, you can find fascinating tide pools creatures at low tide, mountains of mussel shells left by generations of Alsea Indians who harvested them hundreds of years ago, remains of a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps camp, and the spectacular Spouting Horn.
Trail of the Restless Waters
The 0.5-mile loop of moderate difficulty to Devils Churn. The trail runs along the coastline, tide pools at low tide and the spouting horns at high tide.
Oregon Coast Trail
The 2.5-mile round trip of moderate difficulty. There are volcanic fascinated natural wonders below Cape Perpetua along the coastline.
Region: Central Oregon Coast, U.S.
Access allowed: Year-round from dawn to dusk
Service: Visitor center, cafe, guided hikes, picnicking, restrooms.
Fees (Devils Churn Site): $5 per vehicle or Interagency Senior/Access/Military Passes
Fees (Cook's Chasm Site): Free
Driving Directions to the Cape Perpetua Shelter
Follow 2.5 miles south of Yachats via Highway 101, turn left toward Cape Perpetua Campground. Turn left onto Forest Road 55 and again turn left onto Forest Road 5553.