Devil's Churn, Trail of the Restless Way, Captain Cook Loop

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Devil's Churn, Trail of the Restless Way, Captain Cook Loop is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yachats, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 242 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



bird watching





Cape Perpetua is about a 30 minute drive south of Newport on HWY 101.

Paved for most of the trail. Go at high tide and see Spouting Horn for sure!!

29 days ago

Allows access to a nice, small beach and great views. Be careful near the churn. I went on a misty morning and the rocks were dangerously slippery.

1 month ago

beautiful scenery

1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes! You’re able to climb out on the rocks and get up and close to the churn...makes for some great videos! The rocks are (of course) a bit slippery so be careful once you’re out there as there’s nothing to grab onto if you fall. The hike down to the churn is mostly downhill from what I remember with a paved trail and guardrails. Gorgeous views...definitely a must see! It wasn’t too crowded when I went out there, maybe 3-4 people.

2 months ago

The crashing waves were just amazing. Could have watched them for hours.

Beautiful views. Wouldn’t call it hiking, this is more like a nice walk.

3 months ago


4 months ago

Easy hike with nice views.

4 months ago

Short, easy hike with coastal views.

5 months ago

We planned this one out to be the at high tide. I was disappointed. There just wasn't the action of water that you see at the other spots along the trail.

6 months ago

Short, easy walk with breathtaking ocean views

7 months ago

Easy walk to some amazing views. The water hitting the walls was so powerful and beautiful.

10 months ago

did this hike October 22, 2018. essentially a drive up destination. very short walk to the attraction. walking access from this trail to a variety of the other attractions along the coast.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Amazing views!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

So cool so worth it

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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.

scenic driving
Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday, May 28, 2018

Easy hike worth the trip for the view.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

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

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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

Monday, January 08, 2018

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Spectacular sunset

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fantastic we loved it

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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.

Monday, July 03, 2017

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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

So beautiful.

Friday, March 17, 2017

It was amazing! The trail was easy on the knees and the eyes. You can see Devil's Churn from the viewing area or from the lower levels of the trail. I highly recommend taking a stroll down the trail. It's worth it!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cool trail in St. Perpetua.

Monday, September 19, 2016


Monday, September 19, 2016

My wife and I stopped at Devil's Churn on our way back to Eugene after spending a day in Yachats. This is a rather short (less than 1 mile) loop from the parking lot, down to Devil's Churn and taking the loop to enjoy the view of the Southern shoreline. The Devil's churn itself is worth the stop; the narrow cut channels the waves for the most entertaining "crashing" effect if the ocean is in the mood. My wife even saw a whale breaching nearby as I was navigating the somewhat slippery rocks bordering the sluice. Just be careful and aware: large waves can really drench you... or possible worst. What an amazing place to enjoy and respect the forces of nature!

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