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Best trails in Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

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Looking for a great trail in Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, Oregon? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Cape Perpetua Scenic Area ranging from 0.6 to 1.9 miles and from 91 to 813 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Captain Cook Trail and Thor's Well
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 18 m
#2 - Saint Perpetua Trail
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
A moderate 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! Show more
#3 - Devil's Churn, Trail of the Restless Way, Captain Cook Loop
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 48 m
#4 - Whispering Spruce Trail
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 12 m
A short but beautiful walk through a forest to a cliffside overlook of Cape Perpetua below. This is a short hike through the woods to a stone structure with amazing views of Cape Perpetua below. There are two main viewpoints from the cliffs and a pretty cool grove of trees to walk through. You'll be able to see Haceta Head Lighthouse from the top as well on a clear day. You'll also pass by a massive spruce tree!Show more
#5 - Cook's Ridge and Gwynn Creek Loop Trail
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 26 m
Exploring the Cape Perpetua region's trails. This is a fun loop hike rich in natural history information of the Oregon Coast region. You'll pass through spruce forests with views towards the Pacific then ascend Gwynn Creek and return via Cook's Ridge. There will be a plenty of interpretive signs to read along the way.Show more
#6 - Giant Spruce Trail
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 55 m
A short trail to a very BIG spruce tree. This quick trail leads you to one of the biggest spruce trees in the state. You can even crawl into the root system for a fun photo.Show more
#7 - Saint Perpetua and Giant Spruce Trail
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
Note: As of June 2020, a portion of this trail is closed, however this trail is still accessible.Show more
#8 - Amanda's Trail
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
#9 - Restless Waters Trail
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 12 m
#10 - Cooks Ridge Trail via Discovery Loop Trail
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
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