Explore the Peter Iredale Shipwreck, Fort Stevens SP

Peter Iredale Parking Area - Search Nearby - 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.

Distance

0.5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

0 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Peter Iredale and Fort Stevens

If you want to walk up and around the wreck make sure you go at a low tide or the you’ll only be able to see it from the beach. Super cool to see though! I also highly recommend checking out Fort Stevens nearby. My boyfriend and I stumbled upon it while visiting the Peter Iredale on a trip and it was a crazy place to walk around and explore the old abandoned military batteries.

Beautiful and hauting

I've now visited this place in the summer and winter, and both times I was blown away. There is something just so magical about a shipwreck.

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.

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