Thor’s Well: The Pacific Gateway to the Underworld

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Image: Miles Morgan

Thors Well, Oregon

Thor’s Well is part of Cape Perpetua, a typical Pacific Northwest headland – a forested area of land on the central Oregon Coast, surrounded by water on three sides. Thor’s Well is also often simply called the Spouting Horn. It is essentially a huge salt water fountain operated by the Pacific Ocean’s power.

This natural spectacle is at its best when it’s the most dangerous to watch – at high tide or during winter storms.


Image: Chris Mullins

Thor’s Well can be accessed from the north side of Cook’s Chasm but there are sharp rocks everywhere and the danger of a strong surge sweeping brave visitors right up is high.

For photographers, the area’s a delight, especially at sunset, yet not many know about the place or dare stay long enough to set up their tripod. We’ve found a few who did and who have come back with stunning results.

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Image: Darren White

Here’s what photographer Darren White has to say about the dangers of the place:

“The big waves come in like you see in the distance, they fill the hole with water and whoosh, it flies out of there… not every wave does this, it’s a matter of timing and wave size. I would guess this hole is about 20 feet deep and anyone who were to fall in would never EVER survive.”

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