Cape Perpetua is about 2 miles south of Yachats along Hwy 101. Drive up to the parking lot (or park below and hike up) to find a series of interconnected trails with established lookout areas. You'll be 800 feet above sea level, on the side of a rugged bluff overlooking the ocean, so as you can imagine, the views are breathtaking. On a clear day, you could even see 30-40 miles of the Oregon coastline. Spend hours hiking the beautiful trails or just simply slow down and take in the views and do some picnicking. There's a great visitor's center nearby which has daily programs within the Cape Perpetua scenic area. It's a great stop for families since it's got natural history exhibits, a theater with nature films, and an interactive children's science area. There's also a Cape Perpetua campground nearby. Cape Perpetua scenic area is a must see! The pictures don't quite do it justice, you just have to experience it yourself!
The coastal town of Yachats is the perfect place to stay for a relaxing retreat! A little over 3 hours from Portland, this quaint town on the central Oregon coast has a lot to offer. It's perfectly nestled between forested mountains and the sparkling pacific ocean. It's definitely got a laid back, unhurried, 'coast vibe' to it. For being a small village, it's got a handful of great restaurants (fresh seafood!), coffee shops, bars, art galleries, and various other shops to check out. There are 5 State Parks very close by, with great hiking and scenic points. The beach here is beautiful, and a great place to stroll around, look for washed up treasures, ride a beach cruiser, go horseback riding, go crabbing, clamming, picnicking, kite flying, boogie-boarding, anything your heart desires! There are so many activities to take part in, so many nearby attractions, and so much good food to try in this cute coastal town. It's definitely a gem of the Oregon Coast!
To do this fun little hike, start at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, and follow the paved trail through the historic Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, down to the rugged tide pools to see several unique natural features. Thor's well and Spouting Horn are both naturally formed holes in the rocky surface that cause geyser-like spectacles when waves hit in certain ways. Thor's wall is more immense (20 feet deep!), while spouting horn is smaller and spraying fountain-esque. High tide is the best time to see them if you can time it right. Be on guard of huge waves splashing in, though. Low tide is also a fun time to check out the area to see all the tide pool creatures. After you explore the tide pools, and take in the scenery surrounding the area, you can loop back up to the visitor center. The hike is a little under a mile; so it's easy- but allow time to explore the natural formations of this magnificent spot on the Oregon coast.
To get here we have to cross the busy 101, take a flight of stairs descending through the forest, and walk across rocks and a creek to the sand. There must be hundreds of cars an hour crossing overhead on 101, but we can't hear any of them -- not even the ridiculous motorcycles -- and there's only one other family on this beach. And what a beach it is -- narrow, sandy, with pounding surf and plunging mountainsides all around. Cooper and I dig roads into the beachy sand and drive his toy cars while Laura holds up behind driftwood to read. It's crisp and sunny, cool but warm out of the wind, and boy does that water look good -- but it's just too cold for me to jump in there and leave this warmth. Good times.