Cape Perpetua Scenic Area – Oregon Coast

Cape Perpetua

Cape Perpetua

Cape Perpetua

Cape Perpetua

Cape perpetua

Cape Perpetua

Spouting Horn

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

Spouting Horn Spouting Horn and Thor's Well at Cook's Chasm are seawater fountains, driven by the ocean power, and acting like geysers.

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.

Cape PerpetuaSaint Perpetua Trail
The 2.2-mile trail of moderate difficulty, gaining 700 feet in elevation, from the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center to the Cape Perpetua Shelter, offers thrilling ocean views.

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.

Cape PerpetuaCape Cove Trail
The 0.3-mile easy walk to the quiet sandy beach. 

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.

General Description

Region: Central Oregon Coast • USA
County: Lincoln
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
GPS coordinates: 44.2779388,-124.1131421
Highest Point: 800 feet (240 m)
Acreage: 2,700

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.
Address: 2400 Highway 101 N, Yachats, OR 97498
541-547-3289, 877-444-6777 (for reservation)
Camping: 38 sites for tents, trailers from May to September.
Online Reservation

Nearby Points of Interest

YachatsThe city of Yachats is a little coastal community found in Lincoln County.

Spouting HornSpouting Horn & Thor's Well is a playful coastal anomaly, an “ocean geyser”, driven by the ocean power

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