Whispering Spruce Trail #1305

Area Status: Open

Perched 800 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the Whispering Spruce Trail winds 750 feet to a historic rock viewing shelter built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Along the quarter mile loop from the parking area, this trail provides exceptional views of the Oregon coastline and forest. Relax on a bench and enjoy the dramatic views to the ocean below, just 100 feet from the parking area. From the bench, the trail winds through forest with coastal overlooks, From the Cape Perpetua Day Use hike there via the Saint Perpetua Trail or drive the two mile road to the top.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 3/19/2024: Trail is open. Expect storm debris on trails during Spring months.
Water: Potable water at Trailhead
Restroom: Toilet (1) at Trailhead
Passes: Day Use Fee Area ($5 a vehicle) or valid Recreation Pass required.
Information Center: Cape Perpetua Visitor Center

General Information


Access to this trail is at Cape Perpetua Day Use and Cape Perpetua Trailhead


 Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.9 mb)

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Trail Accessibility: Moderate to difficult due to steep grade. Trail grades range from 8% to 12% for 300 feet.

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Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Scenery

Inspiring views of the coast from 800 feet directly above the Pacific Ocean
Special Feature Pacific Ocean

Interpretive Areas

Related Information

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Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
0.5 mile loop

  Elevation : 
800 feet