Saint Perpetua Trail

This trail ascends to the top of Cape Perpetua through coastal forest, while offering vast ocean views.


Length: 1.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Nature Trail
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: Waldport, OR., In Suislaw National Forest 10 mi. S of Waldport at Cape Perpetua.
State(s): Oregon
Counties: Lincoln
Longitude: -124.10828
Latitude: 44.28664

Driving Directions

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.


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.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed rock, compacted
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 6%
Maximum Grade: 8%
Elevation Low Point: 20
Elevation High Point: 800
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information contact:
Waldport Ranger District
1049 SW Pacific Hwy
PO Box 400
Waldport, OR 97339
(541) 563-3211

Margie Pace
US Forest Service
855 Hwy. 101
Reedsport, OR 97467
(541) 271-6072
[email protected]



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