Explore the Peter Iredale Shipwreck, Fort Stevens SP
Oregon › Peter Iredale Parking Area
Added by Michael Gabbert
An easily accessible 100+ year old shipwreck along the Pacific coast. A brief walk from the parking lot to the wreckage along with an additional 3 miles of Pacific coast to hike and explore.
At the northwestern-most point of Oregon sits Fort Stevens State Park. Located 3 ½ hrs from Seattle and 2 hrs from Portland, the park sits closest to the city of Astoria. The park itself has over 4300 acres to explore, with day use and camping open year round. However, the most well-known and most visited section of the park resides on its southern shore.
It is on the southern shore where the remnants of a shipwreck from 1906 still lie - the wreck of the Peter Iredale. The rusted bow is the most prominent of the wreckage with several masts sticking up through the sand along the coast. It's a sight to be seen and hard to imagine the wreckage being 100+ years old.
As you exit Hwy 101 towards the park, there are plenty of routes you can go within Fort Stevens State Park. To get to the wreck of the Peter Iredale, get onto NW Ridge Road within the park. You’ll then take a left onto Peter Iredale Road. Along with the obvious road names, the signage in and around the park are straightforward so its tough to get off course. Take Peter Iredale Road 1 mile to get to the parking lot. The hike from here is short; a mere hundred yards from the lot to ocean shore and wreckage.
From the wreckage, you can enjoy another 3 miles of hiking heading north along the Pacific coast. With its wind-swept reeds and rolling dunes to your right and the crashing ocean waves to your left, it's an easy yet stunning hike.
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Cool History Stop
The shipwreck is pretty cool to see old photos, read about the event and then see how mother nature has reclaimed the wreckage today. If you plan on taking some unique shots of the wreck, you can definitely get some, but I recommend going during the middle of the week if you can. If you go during the weekend, it can be difficult to get a shot without someone in it.
Decent Photography Opportunity
The State park is a lot of fun and the ship wreck, although not very impressive, is still quite interesting from a historical point of view. It was a fun visit but I doubt I would return just for the ship wreck alone. I would suggest going at low tide, so be sure to check the surf times before you go.
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