Explore the most popular nature trips 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
11 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 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.

Great trail with a view.

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!

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.

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 .

hiking
11 months ago

I take my 2 year old on this regularly. The elevation is slight up and down over the course and the payoff at the turn around is hooking up with three other trails, Cummins Ridge, cook or turn right at the bridge for the beach. Views of the ocean most of the trail and decent trail conditions.

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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easy and crowded but one you don't want to miss at low tide

Nice hike with forest and ocean views. Also not crowded once you get away from the visitors center.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Steep climb but the views are awesome. There's a rock house at the top. Wildflowers and some history signs along the way.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Definitely an experience you don't want to miss! This is an easy trail for all skill levels. For the best view of Thor's Well, arrive as the tide is receding but not at low tide. At high tide the well is not visible and at low tide it looks like a hole with splashing waters. Don't forget to catch the horn at around high tide. Timing is everything on this trail.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

This was an absolutely gorgeous hike! the trail was well marked with many signs along the way. the first half of the cooks ridge trail is quite a climb in elevation so be prepared to do some serious hiking! there is an amazing view at the halfway point and we sat down and ate lunch there. worth the climb!

walking
Monday, December 26, 2016

Nice easy stroll. Go when the tide is on its way out for the best view of Thor's Well (low tide it's just a hole and high tide it is buried!), high tide for the horn and really anytime for Devil's Churn! Absolutely gorgeous views, allow yourself at least half the day to explore the beaches, and more time if you plan to do some of the hikes.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Great workout and beautiful views

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