Stroll the historic 804 Trail right outside your room at The Fireside Motel. Explore Cape Perpetua, find hidden walking trails, tidepools, spouting horns and more. Or, discover Cook’s Chasm, Devil’s Churn, the Giant Spruce Tree and the viewpoint at the top of the cape. Any of the spectacular trails nearby are sure to satisfy your need for nature immersion. Whether intense or leisurely, you won’t go wrong with one of these local hikes near Yachats.
Here are links to a printable list and map of trails, and descriptions of more trails and attractions near Yachats and Cape Perpetua.
Oregon Coast Trail
The Oregon Coast trail features ocean views and a 2.6-mile in-and-out trail starting at the Cape Perpetua Visitor’s Center that goes through the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and meets up with Gwynn Creek and Cummins Creek Loop Trails. It’s a great hike to get a clear view of the Oregon Coastline.
Captain Cook Trail
A 1-mile loop that takes you from sea spray through the lush Oregon forests and back, the paved Captain Cook Trail leads you past an old Civilian Conservation Corps camp, through wind-sculpted vegetation, around Native American shell middens and down to the tidepools. At high tide the Spouting Horn and Thor’s Well can be observed from Cook’s Chasm.
Right across the street from the The Fireside Motel, the Ya’xaik Trail-Gerdemann Preserve Loop Hike is a gentle 2.1-mile hike through the beautiful coastal forest and the Gerdemann Botanical Preserve, a collection of both native and exotic plant species that are blooming this time of year. It’s perfect for those who want to explore the Oregon Coast’s diverse nature just steps from The Fireside Motel.
Devil’s Churn developed over many thousands of years as wave action carved into the basalt shoreline, first forming a deep sea cave where the roof eventually collapsed. As the tide comes in it can throw spray several hundred feet into the air when the waves reach the end of the churn. Visitors are urged to be cautious when visiting the churn as it can be dangerous, but it’s a must-see destination when visiting the Central Oregon Coast.
Historic 804 Trail
Step outside your room and head north on the Historic 804 Trail for a beautiful stroll along the rocky coastline to wake up to ocean spray and barking sea lions. If you go far enough, you will enjoy a walk in the sand along Tillicum Beach. It’s the perfect way to start your day here in Yachats.
Cooks Ridge Trail
Looking to get your heart rate up while exploring the beautiful old growth forest on the Oregon Coast? At 6.5 miles long, the Cook’s Ridge Trail begins in the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center uppermost parking lot and connects four different trails to complete the loop. It can be steep in places, so watch your footing, but Cooks Ridge Trail is a great hike near Yachats for those wanting to stretch their legs.
The United States Department Of Agriculture Forest Service has put together a list of their premier accessible sites.
You can read more on their website here.
Hebo Lake Campground & Hebo Lake Loop Trail
Sweet Creek Trail – from Homestead Trailhead
Holman Vista Trail & Viewpoint
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center
Cape Perpetua Day Use and Whispering Spruce Trail
Devil’s Churn Viewpoint & Restless Waters Trail
Cooks Chasm Overlook with Captain Cook Trail
Taylor Dune Trail
Umpqua Beach Viewing Platform
South Jetty Crab Dock
Oregon Dune Day Use & Dunes Loop Trail
Tahkenitch Landing at Tahkenitch Lake
Horsfall Beach Viewing Platform
Reedsport Visitor Center