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Cape Perpetua Stone Shelter

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The stone shelter, Cape Perpetua (bobcat)
Common camas (Camassia quamash), Cape Perpetua (bobcat)


The CCC-constructed West Shelter sits atop the 45 million-year-old oceanic shield volcano of Cape Perpetua. On a clear day, the shelter offers a 70-mile view up and down the central Oregon coast and the horizon sits 40 miles out on the Pacific Ocean. With binoculars, you can experience gray whale migrations in season and the meadows at the top of the Cape offer a dazzling variety of wildflowers in spring and early summer.

The Civilian Conservation Corps established a camp at Cape Perpetua in 1933: this was in the area of the current Visitors Center. The West Shelter was used as an observation post during World War II and a coastal defense gun was installed here. The shelter is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Visitors can drive to the top of Cape Perpetua. The shelter can also be reached from the Visitors Center and campground via the St. Perpetua and Whispering Spruce Trails.

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