Saint Perpetua Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Saint Perpetua Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yachats, OR that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.9 miles 715 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

river

views

wild flowers

A difficult to moderate 3 mile round trip which includes a 700 foot elevation gain. A beautiful hike which takes you through spruce woods carpeted with beautiful wild flowers and delivers you to a place where you are treated to 150 miles north-to-south panoramas of the awe inspiring Oregon Coast. This hike takes place at Cape Perpetua on the St Perpetua Trail behind the visitor center. Start out going down a beautiful trail which offers lush green flora. After a short walk down the trail there is a fork in the trail and you need to follow the St. Perpetua Trail which has you cross over Cape Creek and two paved roads. The first paved road takes you out to the camping area and the second paved road will have road traffic so be aware when crossing. After you cross the two roads you come to the St Perpetua/Whispering Spruce Trail which takes you up a set of switch backs, there are about 11 of them and it is a straight up hike - moderate to difficult- the hike gains 700 feet in elevation. You will be rewarded with wildflower meadows of beautiful Blue camas, red Indian paintbrush and lupine blowing in the wind. On a and clear day when you reach the top you will be treated to a fabulous view at 803 ft - 150 miles of north-to-south coastal panoramas - the beautiful Oregon Coast. Once at the top take the Trail of the Whispering Spruce and you will find the grounds of a former World War II Coast Guard lookout that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933. From the lookout you will be treated to a view of Cape Foulweather to the north and to the south Cape Blanco. The trail out to the lookout loops back around to the return trail. The walk back to the visitor center is all down hill. While this is a difficult trail on the way up it is well worth the trek, don't give up!

29 days ago

Great workout and beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely hike through the forest with spectacular views of the ocean. We were cautioned that it was a steep climb, but with the switchbacks it was very manageable.

3 months ago

Really easy hill. But after emerging at the top, I realized you could just drive up there.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Mainly switchback incline. Beautiful view at the top on a clear day.

4 months ago

Possibly the most incredible view on the entire Oregon Coast!!

4 months ago

This trail is so beautiful. You get to experience so many different aspects of beauty. Trees. Ocean, Forrest, tide pools. Worth your time!

4 months ago

8 months ago

The parking lot at the top was a bit of a buzz kill.

hiking
8 months ago

Lots of different trails to chose from in the area great short hikes able to do many in a day well taken care of trails

8 months ago

The trail is 2.2 roundtrip. Beautiful trail. Worth the leg burn.

1 year ago

Beautiful!

hiking
1 year ago

A nice walk except that the top is at a parking lot

hiking
1 year ago

One of the most beautiful hikes on the Oregon coast and a must do for fit people. It's a hard climb from the bottom, and your thighs will burn, but take it easy, annoy every moment, turn around every few minutes, ..... You will do that automatically because of the stunning views. Take a good substantial snack and lots of water, and check the weather forecast as you definitely want to do this on a clear sunny day..... Also, go early, this trail is very popular..... People come from all over the world.... I met Swedes, Germans, and Italians on our hike! Make sure your camera battery is fully charged, take a hat and sunscreen ! I started on the beach at the Devils Churn, and did the whole hike, but you can break it up

1 year ago

Nice hike. Amazing ocean views at the top on a sunny day!

hiking
1 year ago

Great Hike! You will definitely feel the burn on the ascent of this trail. Beautifully scenic. After we finished this hike, we explored the tide pools at sea level and were able to enjoy clear visibility of colorful sea creatures within. Visitor center guides were also very helpful/informative.

1 year ago

A beautiful and satisfying hike through mature spruce woods with the sound of the surf consistently present and breath taking views of the coast. It's all up hill on the way out and no drinking water available at the top so be sure to carry a drink. We went up in January and the trail was muddy. Will definitely do it again!

hiking
2 years ago

Great trail with some of the most amazing views of the Oregon Coast that you can see.

hiking
2 years ago

Gorgeous trail with rewarding views. The whole park is worth exploring, it is a family favorite for sure. In the spring there is whale watching and wild flowers. The hike up the cape is steep but we'll worth it for the views are amazing.

hiking
4 years ago

Just finished our hike to the top of this trail and had a wonderful experience. The trail is a nice moderate trail with nice switch backed trail to some beautiful scenery. The entire trail was well maintained and not too crowded. Once you get to the top, there is a bench (only one) that allows you to experience one of the most picturesque areas of this wonderful Oregon coast. If you are leaving from the visitor center, be aware that the trail heads are not really all that well marked. If you are leaving from the visitor center, the path to the trail head is immediately to the right of the visitor center (as you are facing it). It is a .3 mile walk down this path to the start of the St. Perpetua Trail.