Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

hiking
7 days ago

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.

hiking
2 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.

Gorgeous look out. Not very muddy in the winter, pretty steep but not too long and a good workout. Beautiful old growth trees.

hiking
4 months ago

Short little hike, more of a short walk, views from the cape out into the ocean prior to heading into forest with tons of trees.

on Devil's Churn Loop

hiking
4 months ago

Short(er) hike. Loved seeing people of all ages doing it! Slippery, obviously, so wear good shoes. Great views.

Great trail with a view.

hiking
4 months ago

I started at Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint. I found the forest around Gwynn Creek trail to be the best section.

the views! worth the trip.

I start this loop from Hwy 101 at Neptune, which is a wonderful beach with sandstone cliffs and eroded basalt. . Terrific Sitka Spruce old growth forest flanks the hills along Gwynn creek. A brief switchback climbs to Cooks Ridge trail which eventually descends to Cape Perpetua Visitor center. Bald Eagles nest atop Cooks ridge, Kingfishers along Gwynn Creek. I have seen Chanterelles along this trail as early as mid July

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike! The Trail has Switch backs on the way up and maintained well. Wasn't crowded for a Sunday afternoon. We went on a clear day which allowed us to see down the coast and catch some whale watching at the top. The view makes the hike extremely worth it! Not too challenging as an experienced hiker.

backpacking
8 months ago

Absolutely a beautiful scenic trail with jaw dropping views!

Spectacular sunset

Fantastic we loved it

hiking
9 months ago

When you walk down the stairs, you have to walk near the «churn» not to see, but to hear the sounds of water in the churn.

We went the other way. Coast trail to Gwynn Creek to Cook's Ridge and Discovery loop back the three visitor center. This is a much more gradual 3.5 mile hike up to the highest point. It's a great trail and we only encountered 6-8 other groups on our Monday afternoon hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Check weather first.

Really rocky area of the Oregon coast, but lots to see and explore. Thor's Well was really cool. Will go again when the tide is higher. Great spot to stop and explore.

hiking
10 months ago

What a great view of Cape Perpetua! We saw two small whales off the cove spouting away. The kids really enjoyed it.

walking
10 months ago

Short and easy paved trail. Park at the Cape Perpetua visitor center and start the hike at the trailhead there. You have the option to do Cooks Chasm, Devil's Churn (not fully paved), or both.

From the Cooks Chasm trail you can walk down along tide pools, check out the Sprouting Horn, and/or see Thor's Well.

walking
10 months ago

Not a bad walk, but not terribly impressive. The parking lot for Devil's Chasm was too full for us to park there (very small!) but you can park at the Cape Perpetua visitor center and hike over. The trail from the visitor center isn't fully paved and does include a brief bit along Highway 101, but there was more parking and the option to include the Captain Cook trail as well.

There are stairs down from the trail to get you closer to the chasm but there isn't a lot to see.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice hike. Super short . Really pretty view . But if your looking for a longer hike just walk past the ruins and there is a connection to the Amanda Trail .

Saturday, May 20, 2017

So beautiful.

hiking
Friday, May 05, 2017

Great short hike. Fairly steep, but amazing views. Would rate higher but you can drive to the top and see the same view, which makes it not as rewarding. I actually went to the top on accident so I hiked down and then back up.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This trail would be incredible if I hadn't driven to the top about a millions times prior to hiking it. The hike is steep and the view at the top is worth it.

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