Captain Cook Trail #1364.2

Area Status: Open

From forest to tidepools, and back again, this one-mile round trip hike starts at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. The paved trail leads you past an old Civilian Conservation Corps camp, through wind sculpted vegetation, around Native American shell middens and down to the tidepools. At high tide the Spouting Horn and Thor's Well can be observed from Cook’s Chasm.                

Always use caution on the beach. Watch for large, sudden, dangerours waves, called sneaker waves, that can sweep you off the rocky shores. know the tide schedule and stay away from logs in the surf or on wet sand. Look out for deep water and strong currents.

  • 0.8 mile round trip from the Visitor Center
  • Easy
  • Accessibility: Moderate to difficult. Start at Cook’s Chasm

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Expect limited or no services and be prepared to pack out all waste.
Water: No
Restroom: No
Information Center: Central Coast Ranger District - Cape Perpetua Visitor Center

General Information


Access this trail from the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.

General Notes:

 Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.9 mb)

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Trail Accessibility: Moderate to difficult. Start at Cook’s Chasm

More information about accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests



Access to spectacular tide pools. Look for minus tides for best viewing. Never turn your back to the ocean!

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Wildlife

Species ocean seabirds

Viewing Scenery

Special Feature Scenic coastal forest & views of the Pacific Ocean

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  Area/Length : 
0.6 mile one way

  Elevation : 
Sea level