Explore the most popular birding trails in Cape Perpetua Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

18 days ago

Started from the Cape Perpetua Visitor's Center. It is challenging in that it is a lot of elevation gain over a relatively short distance (got my heart rate up for sure), but I made it to the top by taking it slow. The shady forest and glimpses of ocean are beautiful along the way and the views from the top are worth it. There's a quick, easy walk to the rock shelter from the top parking lot, and a toilet ;).

The best - jaw dropping view.

What a great trail just outside of Yachats. We used the day use parking at the top. Hiking down to the visitor center then back up. The views of the Oregon coast are amazing.

Delightful paved stroll down to the basalt shoreline where Thor’s Well thrills immediately before and after high tide. Use caution! The spout it also fun, as the surf churns up the channel and pounds the rocks concussively.

on Oregon Coast Trail

1 month ago

Mostly uphill. Every step is worth all the amazing coastal views. Very Beautiful!

Amazing views!! Just need to be careful with sneaky waves and watch your steps.

*yellow jackets* This is an awesome hike that we do each time we visit! It's a wonderful loop with some of the most incredible old growth Spruce and Doug Fir trees. There's also hemlock and cedars along the creek....just a gorgeous hike that's also a nice workout. We saw the previous post warning about bees and also ran into them today... No warning, but luckily we only got stung once apiece. We ran like crazy people though! We hiked the loop clockwise from the visitor center and they were maybe a half mile up from the bottom of Gwynn Creek (up from where the Coast Trail meets Gwynn Creek). We also let the visitor center know...still no signs or notices out, so proceed with caution. Otherwise, this hike is seriously a gem and you'll barely see anyone else.

*Warning* many yellow jacket ground nests on trail last couple of miles! We hiked there this morning and must have accidentally disturbed one of the nests. We had a group of 4 leave with a combined 20+ stings (with only 1 of the group who did not get stung at all). We were about 2 or so miles from the end when we were stung and came across quite a few more nests (thankfully no more angry swarms) We let the visitor center know, and they thankfully had some benadryl to give us, I don't know if part of maintaining trails means they try to clear out nests or not, so I'd be very cautious if you do hike this! But other than that I loved the trail, it was beautiful! I would like to do it again at some point, probably in late fall or winter so I don't have anxiety about being swarmed again.

Beautiful juxtaposition from a young forest to old growth. Great diversity of plants, beautiful ferns, and really huge trees. The cooks ridge section, 2.4 miles, has some moderately steep sections though I found the entire trail very enjoyable.

Great hike with good variety.

So cool. A must see!

Hiking along Gwynn Creek, crossed 12 small creeks, some over bridges, others stepping on rocks. So one can call this portion "The trail of dozen creeklets." Four stars because of no scenic views.

Did the trail anti-clockwise so the climb to the ridge is much more gradual. This entire hike is through mostly old growth forest. Beautiful forest but no views at all. If you do the trail anti-clockwise, keep in mind that there are no benches or other options to sit down for a break until you get to the last section of the trail that is an interpretive loop.

3 months ago

Short steep hike through the forest with amazing views along the way and on top! Hehe, feels so much more rewarding walking up when you see the folks that came by car

Great photo ops on this hike.

Nice short trail lots of stairs we left from the visitors center and there was a tunnel under the highway almost all blackout very beautiful.

Did this loop today counter clockwise. Beautiful day high mid 60’s and clear. Wonderful trail through ferns and old growth Sitka Spruce. Not too steep and well maintained trail. Not sure why its rated hard except maybe the length. We had just over 7 miles total. We saw two other people , both within 1 mile of Visitor Center

Easy hike worth the trip for the view.

Great hike and beautiful views.

4 months ago

Super easy hike but well worth the view!

Best to go at lower tide! Maybe just the season, but there was no one there and we got an awesome show. Short hike, a little confusing but just head down at either point by the bridge (there are two parking lots along the hwy). Gotta get out over the rocks but be careful with the tide, some waves come in big.

Love this! Super easy and nice for all ages. Very pretty views!

Short and simple. Amazing view on sunny days.

I do this trail when I want an easy walk with a pretty view.

I enjoy this going down the hill. Up hill can be kinda rough with how steep it is. Check the weather before going as mud can make it harder. I feel this trail is more uneven from rocks and roots on the ground. I dont find it an issue but some may.

this is a nice climb and short - combine it with the Amanda trail for a longer stretch and more elevation. I did that to condition for Yosemite.

7 months ago

Beautiful, moderately traveled trail with many switchbacks up the side of a hill. Spectacular views of the ocean and lots of wildflowers in the Spring. At the top is a parking lot with bathrooms and a shelter overlooking the ocean. Amanda Trail ends up at the same parking lot from the other direction.

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