Backwashing along the coast

Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
Trip End Mar 05, 2010

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

I passed Cape Perpetua on my way to stay in Tidewater, so we went back down the coast today to do some hiking.  We didn't get to go crazy as we had some toddlers with us, but having them along for the ride evened out the interest quality anyway!  We started out around midday at the Whispering Spruce trail along the top where there is the best views and a rock house that seems to have markings from every youth along the Oregon coast in the past 50 years.  Apparently my Aunt made her mark at that very spot, but I couldn't find it.  You can even see where the recent generations have become lazy and started using a felt pen instead of carving.

After that trail, we went down the cliff to find the Giant Spruce trail.  After getting lost, we finally made our way down to where we started and began the ascent with a picnic lunch and two toddlers in tow.  The trail was fairly easy, but it was about 2.5 miles round trip and it was overlapping with nap time so it took longer than expected.  There is a really cool campground there, however, that would be great during the summer.

At the end of the Giant Spruce trail, where you see some progressively larger trees all the way to full fledged old growth trees.  The 'Monarch' as the forest service puts it, is 500 years old and was 225 feet tall until a wind storm blew off the top 35 feet.  It's bottom has a cool cave that kids can run through and it even has another younger tree growing at it's base.  

There is also a visitors center just a 1/4 mile south of the entrance for day use at Cape Perpetua that has information about wildlife in the area, dates along the rings of an old growth tree, historical timeline of the area, a viewpoint and binoculars to spot whales, coloring and puzzle station for kids and a movie center that plays movies about the area.  A cool spot to stop and get some info before the hike.
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Shelly on

Cape Perpetua is a traditional "field trip" location for several of the elementary schools in nearby towns. It has a trail to the beach area where several layers of clam shells were left by the native americans of years ago. The Rock House was also used as a look out during WWII.

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