Oregon Coast Trail #1308

Area Status: Open

The majesty of Oregon's coastline unfolds around every bend along the 382-mile Coast Trail. Hikers cross sandy beaches, meander through forest-shaded corridors and traverse majestic headlands. The section of trail through the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area overlooks the rocky shoreline and ties into the Gwynn Creek and Cummins Creek Loop Trails. Learn more about the trail from Oregon State Parks at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PARKS/Pages/OCT_main.aspx and at the Hiking the Oregon Coast Trail blog at http://hikingtheoct.blogspot.com/.

  • 2.6 miles round trip from the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center (section through Cape Perpetua Scenic Area only - entire trail length is 382 miles)
  • Moderate

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No bikes allowed. Snowy Plover restrictions in place March 15 - September 15
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 Cape Perpetua Trailhead


 Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.9 mb)

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General Notes:


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Viewing Scenery

Special Feature Scenic coastal forest & views of the Pacific Ocean

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles one way

  Elevation : 
160 to 100 feet