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Giant Spruce of Cape Perpetua

Posted on: September 24th, 2011 by Madeline MacGregor in Heritage Tree Details | 2 Comments

Picea sitchensis

Half a century before Christopher Columbus sailed to the America’s, a tiny Sitka spruce began its life nourished by a nurse log on the Oregon coast. Today, it is the largest and oldest tree in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area of the Siuslaw National Forest. Nearly 600 years old, it stands over 185 feet tall and has a circumference of 40 feet.

Nearby the tree, indigenous people dwelled at the mouth of Cape Creek for 1500 years and in the 1850’s the Coos and Lower Umpqua people were forcibly relocated here to the Coast Reservation. In the 1930’s the Civilian Conservation Corps established a camp here and built the first trail to the tree, probably opening up an ancient Indian trail.

Tree Facts

  • Approx. height: 185′
  • Age: Approx. 600 years
  • Circumference: 40′
  • Dedicated on: September 15, 2007

Visit this tree

The Giant Spruce is accessible from the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center by walking the one mile spruce Trail. Cape Perpetua is located three miles south of Yachats on US Highway 101.

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Comments:

Chris

- Comment left on: February 22nd, 2013 at 5:04 pm

And here I thought Cape Perpetua was just known so well because of Thor’s Well. Looks like there is plenty else to explore around the area too. How is the winter time camping there?

Madeline MacGregor

- Comment left on: February 25th, 2013 at 7:31 am

Hi Chris,
Thanks for your comment. Yes, there is plenty to do on the Oregon Coast near Yachats! Winters on the coast tend to be a bit milder than inland; however, December is usually both the wettest and the coldest month. If you plan on camping, I would suggest a tent at the very least! And some good rain and wind gear. But bring your camera, because the landscape is spectacular!

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