West Shelter Viewpoint at Cape Perpetua

Turn east off Hwy 101 two miles south of town at the Cape Perpetua Campground exit. The road soon forks; follow the left fork up Overlook Road to the top of the mountain. This is the highest point that you can drive to on the Oregon coast. The Whispering Spruce Trail, a quarter-mile long, leaves the parking lot to the West Shelter viewpoint.

Constructed in the 1930s by stone masons of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the West Shelter viewpoint was used as a look out point during World War II. Today it provides an unsurpassed panoramic ocean view and an ideal location for whale watching. This trail is wheelchair accessible with some assistance recommended.