Captain Cook Trail #1364.2

Area Status: Open
This area is 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: Report any trail issues or concerns to Trail Coordinator 541-997-2562
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

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  Area/Length : 
0.6 mile one way

  Elevation : 
Sea level