Cape Perpetua rises to over 800 feet at its zenith and offers views of 70 miles of Oregon coastline and 37 miles out to sea on a clear day.
The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area offers 26 miles of trail, with many starting at the visitor center, which is wonderful but closed until further notice during the pandemic.
Trails feature old-growth forests, Native American shell middens, the Devil’s Churn, tidepools and stunning views.
Cape Perpetua Collaborative
The Cape Perpetua Collaborative is a group of organizations that came together with the goal in mind of working together to preserve the beauty of the area for future generations, and to help make the public aware of this treasure on the Oregon Coast.
Here are a few links the Collaborative makes available to get you started:
- An overview of Marine Reserve activities
- Highlights from recent ecological studies
- A guide to local and regional sea birds
- How to safely and respectfully navigate the area
- A coloring book featuring local wildlife
- The latest updates on their blog
- Beautiful photos from the Marine Reserve
Siuslaw National Forest
The Siuslaw National Forest includes more than 630,000 acres and a variety of ecosystems as it ranges from the ocean to the Oregon Coast Mountains.
Here are some links from the national forest that explain the area and available activities:
- A guide to local plants
- Scenic guidebook
- Understanding local wildlife
- About the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway
- Backpacking guide
- Day hiking in the forest
The Forest Service calls camping outside of developed campgrounds displaced camping. There are many places within the Siuslaw National Forest in the Yachats area that are open to displaced camping.
You will need a copy of the Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Map to locate the areas open for that type of camping. That information only appears on the Forest Service maps. You will not find it on your GPS or Google maps. It’s available as Hard Copy from District Offices, or down;load in geoPDF format. This video from the Forest Service offers more information.
The Siuslaw National Forest maps are in 3 sections. The Yachats area is covered by Map 1 & Map 2.