Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
Where the forest meets the sea!

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Oregon's Central Coast

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Area Hiking Trails

1. Captain Cook Trail (to tidepools) - 0.6-mile loop from the Interpretive Center, under Highway 101, through wind-sculpted vegetation, past an old CCC camp, Indian shell middens and tide pools. At high tide the Spouting Horn can be observed across Cook's Chasm. Paved, easy walk.

2. Cape Cove Trail (to beach) - 0.3-mile trail past Cape Cove Beach connecting the Captain Cook Trail to the Trail of Restless Waters. Paved, easy walk.

3. Trail of Restless Waters (to Devil's Churn) 0.4-mile loop from the Devil's Churn parking area, past Devil's Churn along the lava rocks and tide pools to join the Cape Cove Trail 0.7-mile from the Interpretive Center. Watch for sneaker waves. Wheelchair accessible to ocean overlook. Paved, but steep trail.

4. Giant Spruce Trail - 2.0 miles round trip from the Interpretive Center to the 500 year-old "Giant Spruce". The trail parallels Cape Creek and goes through old growth forest with lush ferns, skunk cabbage, and the sound of birds. Easy walk.

5. St. Perpetua Trail (to the viewpoint) - 2.6 miles round trip from the Interpretive Center to the viewpoint. The switch-backed trail climbs the south face of Cape Perpetua and affords some excellent views of the Pacific Ocean. A 600-foot change in elevation occurs from the trails' lowest point to the top of the Cape. Moderate to difficult hike.

6. Whispering Spruce Trail - 0.25-mile loop from the Viewpoint Road (Rd. 5553) parking lot, which is a 2.25-mile drive from the Interpretive Center. Great ocean views from the highest point on the Oregon Coast. Trail goes to CCC-built stone promontory and West Shelter. Easy walk.

7. Oregon Coast Trail (ocean views) - 2.6 miles round trip from the Interpretive Center. This trail overlooks the rocky shoreline and ties into the Gwynn Creek and Cummins Creek Loop trails. Moderate walk.

8. Cook's Ridge/Gwynn Creek Loop Trail (old growth) - 6.4-mile loop opportunity from the Interpretive Center through old growth forest, and has several ocean views. The trail begins at the top of the upper parking lot and goes around the Discovery Loop. Moderate hike.

9. Discovery Loop Trail (dense forest) - 1.0-mile loop from the Interpretive Center on the Cook's Ridge Trail. Travels through a variety of forest stages. Moderate hike.

10. Cummins Creek Loop Trail (old growth) - 10-mile loop from the Interpretive Center up Cook's Ridge Trail to Cummins Creek Trail, down to the Oregon Coast Trail and back to the Interpretive Center. The trail has ocean views and goes through old growth and open meadows. Moderate to difficult hike.

The Cummins Creek Trail also loops back on itself to provide an alternative opportunity (6.25 miles) for mountain bikers and hikers.