Saint Perpetua National Recreation Trail #1306

Area Status: Open

From the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, this stunning National Recreation Trail leads to one of the best viewpoints on the Oregon Coast. Most people drive the road up to the viewpoint, but you can earn your views by hiking up this scenic footpath. The trail ascends and switchbacks through an old-growth forest lead you to an awe-inspiring overlook where on clear days views extend nearly 40 miles out to sea, and along 70 miles of coastline. From the overlook, you can continue along the Whispering Spruce Trail to a historic rock viewing shelter built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. 

  • 2.8 miles round trip from the Visitor Center
  • Difficult

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 3/19/2024: Trail is open. Expect storm debris on trails during Spring months.
Water: None
Restroom: Yes
Passes: Day Use Fee Area ($5 a vehicle) or valid Recreation Pass required.
Information Center: Central Coast Ranger District - Cape Perpetua Visitor Center or Waldport Office

General Information


Trailhead for this trail is at Cape Perpetua Day Use. This trail can be entered from the bottom starting 1/4 mile up forest road 55 or you can park at the Whispering Spruce trailhead and begin at the junction of the two trails and head down this a less difficult way.


 Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.9 mb)

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General Notes:

Close to:



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

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Viewing Scenery

Special Feature Scenic coastal forest & views of the Pacific Ocean

Related Information

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  Area/Length : 
1.3 miles one way

  Elevation : 
100 to 800 feet