What is Thor’s Well, Oregon, USA?

What is Thor’s Well, Oregon, USA?

Thor's Well, in Oregon, USA is a natural hole that seems to be draining the ocean. Located on the Oregon coast, this apparent bottomless hole swallows the water around it at high tide. Although not really bottomless, it is definitively dangerous. 

The truth is that the well is only about 20 feet deep. This is a dangerous depth and definitively a dangerous place should you accidentally fall in. But still, the hole creates a picture that is simply mesmerizing to look at, although very scary, especially for the faint of heart.

The exact location of this "gate to hell" is in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area just three miles south of Yachats. Experts believe that the formation of this hole occurred when the roof of a sea cave collapsed leaving behind a gaping hole with an opening at the bottom through which the ocean sprays. 

The truth is that the hole is not dangerous during low tide. When the tide begins to rise, the waves rise underneath the collapsed cave producing a violent wave that surges toward the surface and sprays heavenward. 

Some tourists have been injured by not realizing stronger waves can occur and cause them to be hit by ‘sneaker waves’ while looking at the site.  Some have suffered bruises and minor injuries but luckily they were not sucked in. After all, it is not the hole that is scary but the entire ocean as well. 

To get to Thor's Well in Oregon, you need to walk a 0.3-mile track south of Cape Perpetua Visiting Center.

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