Backwashing along the coast
Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
14Trip End Mar 05, 2010
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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
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.