Staying left at the junction, cross the creek and head into the Cape Perpetua Campground. This popular campground is, sadly, only open during the summer season. Sites are tucked near Cape Creek well off of Highway 101 and near everything the Cape Scenic Area has to offer. There is room for most RVs, but accommodations are simple, with no hookups available.
Cross the paved campground road and find the trail, which immediately begins to climb Cape Perpetua in a series of switchbacks. Occasional breaks in the forest wall reveal ever-more-spectacular views, giving ample reason to stop to rest and take photos. Note the changing plant life as you ascend the rocky face, finally bursting from the dim forest onto a south-facing, flower-covered slope. Continue among the grasses and flowers to the top, where you will find a paved overlook. Unless coastal fog has rolled in, plan to spend quite a bit of time taking pictures here. This is also an excellent picnic spot, well-furnished with tables and benches.
Next, follow the short Whispering Spruce Trail along the cliff's edge to a stone shelter built in the 1930s by the CCC. Plan to take more pictures here, then return the way you came.
As for the parking lot...if you are not up to the climb, Cape Perpetua's breathtaking views are still accessible to you. Just north of the Visitor Center, turn toward the campground and then turn left to drive up Cape Perpetua. A short, paved trail from the parking area leads to the overlook. The Whispering Spruce Trail to the stone shelter is a quarter-mile loop; click here for accessibility details.
On your next drive along 101, take time to enjoy Cape Perpetua's spectacular views. This is one parking lot we can highly recommend.
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