Discovery Loop Trail #1387

Area Status: Open

Learn about what is going on with this section a forest in transition from four interpretive signs.

We’ve partnered with Agents of Discovery to make a fun mobile app for the trail that gets kids out exploring the forest by solving fun challenges. If you’re visiting Cape Perpetua, this free app will help you and your kids experience the forest in a whole new way.

  • 1.4 miles round trip from the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center uppermost parking lot.
  • Moderate

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 3/22/2024: Trail is open. Expect storm debris on trails during Spring months. Trail tread damaged has been repaired.
Water: None
Restroom: Yes
Passes: Recreation pass or fee required at trailhead
Information Center: Central Coast Ranger District - Cape Perpetua Visitor Center or Waldport Office

General Information


Access to this trail is at the Cape Perpetua Trailhead


 Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.9 mb)

To use your mobile device's GPS to track your location on the map: Download the geospatial PDF (geoPDF), download and install an app, such as The Avenza Maps app, that reads geoPDFs. Learn more about geospatial PDFs and mobile apps here.

General Notes:

Close to:


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Viewing Scenery

Special Feature Scenic coastal forest & views of the Pacific Ocean

Interpretive Areas

Self guided interpretive trail of the forest

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.0 mile loop

  Elevation : 
100 to 500 feet