Saint Perpetua Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews
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Saint Perpetua Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yachats, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.7 miles
715 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers

A difficult to moderate 3 mile 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!

12 days 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.

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

Great trail with a view.

6 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.

7 months ago

Check weather first.

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

Friday, November 04, 2016

Great workout and beautiful views

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lovely hike through the forest with spectacular views of the ocean. We were cautioned that it was a steep climb, but with the switchbacks it was very manageable.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Really easy hill. But after emerging at the top, I realized you could just drive up there.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Mainly switchback incline. Beautiful view at the top on a clear day.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Possibly the most incredible view on the entire Oregon Coast!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This trail is so beautiful. You get to experience so many different aspects of beauty. Trees. Ocean, Forrest, tide pools. Worth your time!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The parking lot at the top was a bit of a buzz kill.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Lots of different trails to chose from in the area great short hikes able to do many in a day well taken care of trails

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The trail is 2.2 roundtrip. Beautiful trail. Worth the leg burn.

Sunday, October 25, 2015


Saturday, August 22, 2015

A nice walk except that the top is at a parking lot

Friday, August 14, 2015

One of the most beautiful hikes on the Oregon coast and a must do for fit people. It's a hard climb from the bottom, and your thighs will burn, but take it easy, annoy every moment, turn around every few minutes, ..... You will do that automatically because of the stunning views. Take a good substantial snack and lots of water, and check the weather forecast as you definitely want to do this on a clear sunny day..... Also, go early, this trail is very popular..... People come from all over the world.... I met Swedes, Germans, and Italians on our hike! Make sure your camera battery is fully charged, take a hat and sunscreen ! I started on the beach at the Devils Churn, and did the whole hike, but you can break it up

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Nice hike. Amazing ocean views at the top on a sunny day!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Great Hike! You will definitely feel the burn on the ascent of this trail. Beautifully scenic. After we finished this hike, we explored the tide pools at sea level and were able to enjoy clear visibility of colorful sea creatures within. Visitor center guides were also very helpful/informative.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A beautiful and satisfying hike through mature spruce woods with the sound of the surf consistently present and breath taking views of the coast. It's all up hill on the way out and no drinking water available at the top so be sure to carry a drink. We went up in January and the trail was muddy. Will definitely do it again!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Great trail with some of the most amazing views of the Oregon Coast that you can see.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Gorgeous trail with rewarding views. The whole park is worth exploring, it is a family favorite for sure. In the spring there is whale watching and wild flowers. The hike up the cape is steep but we'll worth it for the views are amazing.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Just finished our hike to the top of this trail and had a wonderful experience. The trail is a nice moderate trail with nice switch backed trail to some beautiful scenery. The entire trail was well maintained and not too crowded. Once you get to the top, there is a bench (only one) that allows you to experience one of the most picturesque areas of this wonderful Oregon coast. If you are leaving from the visitor center, be aware that the trail heads are not really all that well marked. If you are leaving from the visitor center, the path to the trail head is immediately to the right of the visitor center (as you are facing it). It is a .3 mile walk down this path to the start of the St. Perpetua Trail.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Simply beautiful....will go again

Friday, June 29, 2012

What a beautiful day to head out on a hike at Cape Perpetua with the ninja's. I would highly recommend the St. Perpetua Trail to get to the top of the cape, but be aware, it is steep! My tiny toy ninja's and I persevered through the 11 switchbacks that led to the top. We were treated to amazing spruce woods, brilliant wildflowers, and blazing blues skies. Once at the top the views made the up hill hike well worth the struggle - we were treated to amazing views which included the Spouting Horn and Devil's Churn. Many people drove to the top to take in the view, I can't even imagine why as the beauty was in the trail. This is a difficult hike on the way up, but don't give up it is well worth it when you get there and the trek back home is all down hill!

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