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Devil's Churn, Yachats

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Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
Devils Churn is a narrow inlet of the Pacific Ocean in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States, south of Yachats. It is located in the Siuslaw National Forest and is accessible via the Restless Waters trail from the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area visitor's center or the U.S. Route 101 overlook. Access to the trail requires a United States Forest Service pass.

The inlet developed over many thousands of years as wave action carved into the basalt shoreline, first forming a deep sea cave whose roof eventually collapsed. As the tide comes in it can throw spray several hundred feet into the air when the waves reach the end of the churn. Visitors are urged to be cautious when visiting the churn, as it can be dangerous.
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  • This is an amazing water sight, a phenomenal creation of nature that helps define what the ild Oregon Coast is all about. Mesmerizing to watch, an easy hike down and worth the time to stop.  more »
  • This is not as spectacular as the collection at Cook's Chasm, and COVID had everything closed down here.  more »
  • Parking lot was closed but park at next overlook and it is an easy hike back to this inlet to watch the waves crash into the inlet  more »
  • Really beautiful place!
  • Great place to visit, especially at high tide and during storms. There's a wonderful trail that leads down near the Churn itself. With a branch that leads to a near by beach.
  • Best time to go to Devil's churn is at high tide. Totally amazing
  • Breathtakingly beautiful hike! This is truly the Oregon Coast for you! I recommend this hike in the autumn....less people!
  • Visiting this place truly inspired awe. There's a natural allure to the dangerous, beauty. It's rugged, rough, yet beautiful. Will visit again.

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