Near an incredibly scenic section of the Oregon Coast Highway, there is a bottomless pit. It looks bottomless, anyway. Thor’s Well is a giant chasm where seawater disappears into endless depths. It’s incredible to look at, but be wary about getting too close.
A Bottomless Illusion
Thor’s Well is located in Cape Perpetua, a section of the Siuslaw National Forest. If you take a stroll down Captain Cook Trail, you’ll discover 6,000-year-old evidence of the aboriginal people that called the area home before European arrival, including piles of discarded mussel shells.
Despite its appearance, Thor’s Well is actually only around 20 feet (6 meters) deep. It only looks bottomless because, well, you can’t see the bottom—it is filled with seawater, after all. The waves crash in and out to create a bottomless pit effect that seems to defy all logic.
However, bottom or no bottom, waves are dangerous. Visitors should definitely keep a safe distance. If a wave were to push you inside, there would be no escape with the incessant onslaught of powerful waves pushing you under. Still, photographers and thrill seekers get up close and personal, even during raging squalls. It can be a relatively safe endeavor during low tide, but seeing it from a safe distance during high tide is the golden ticket, if you ask us.
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