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2016-08-04  
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St Perpetua TrailNorth Coast, OR
North Coast, OR
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2016
black_toes
Hiking2.88 Miles 759 AEG
Hiking2.88 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   2.40 mph
759 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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This short trail rises steeply almost 800 feet through dense forest to an overlook of the central Oregon coast three miles south of the smart little beach town of Yachats. But how could MJ and I vouch for the view? It was so foggy that only snatches could be seen below of US 101, the smashing ocean surf of Devil's Churn or the Cape Perpetua Visitors Center at the start of the trail. But the weather was cool, in the upper 50s, making Arizona, the inferno I left behind several days ago, a distant memory. And the forest protected us from the piercing north wind that has plagued this part of the coast for two days now. The clouds and the swirling fog had a beauty of their own, and it proved an immensely satisfying jaunt.

The overlook rests behind a small stone wall atop a steep drop-off with an unobstructed view west to the Pacific. Truth is you don't need to hike up to this point. We noticed several people drove up on Overlook Road. The upper trail opens up into a meadow with wildflowers, some prolific like Queen Anne's lace mixed in with a few lupine and Indian paintbrush. Five switchbacks running east and west begin about half-way up and offer vistas at their west ends of increasing quality as you ascend. The path is dirt but with lots of lava rock and exposed tree roots to keep you honest. Passed six people, all young women, one hiking alone in sandals.
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