Whispering Spruce Trail #1305


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. Accessibility for people using wheelchairs is moderate to difficult due to steep grades. 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, trail grades range from 8% to 12% for 300 feet, with rest areas provided every 50 feet.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: open
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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Inspiring views of the coast from 800 feet directly above the Pacific Ocean
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