Friday, August 9, 2013

Adventuring: 40:40:2 Cape Perpetua

Cape Perpetua is full of history and beauty. It's location just two miles south of Yachats is easy to access from US 101. Just follow the signs. Once you drive up to the top you can choose to hike down the switch back path full of views of the cape to the visitors center, hike the moderate Amanda's Trail back towards Yachats, or walk to one of the perfectly situated benches to enjoy your view from the top!

If you plan on heading to the visitor's center plan on a steep trek back to the top. Once you get to the campground your connecting trail to the station is by the bathrooms. This is the most popular hike in the area with the most breathtaking views.
View looking down on the visitors center

Amanda's trail is in memory of a coastal Indian Amanda, who was forced to leave her daughter on the banks of the Coos River, and walk with other Coos and Lower Unpqua Tribes to Yachats for interment. This is a three and half mile one way trail.
Amanda's memorial- photo by Roger Scott

If you want to just enjoy the views from the top, they are spectacular! Short wheel-chair accessible walks wind through pines and other trees. A lookout built by the Civilian Conservation Corps is still present. This lookout was used in WWII as a watch station and had a large coastal defense gun temporarily installed.

Foggy morning on the Cape

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