Cummins Creek Wilderness (photo by Marielle Cowdin)

Gwynn Creek & Cook's Ridge Loop Hike (Winter)

With ocean views and stands of old growth Spruce and Fir, this loop along the edge of the Cummins Creek Wilderness is moderate, but has some short steep stretches as well as long moderate climbs. This hike will be a rain or shine hike, be prepared for some muddy spots and wet weather.

Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Distance: 6.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Leader: Jason Gonzales
Location: Central Oregon Coast Range, Siuslaw National Forest (carpools depart from Eugene)

This hike combines multiple trails in the Cape Perpetua and Cummins Creek Wilderness areas into one beautiful loop starting at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, which does charge $5 (or requires a pass) for parking. We will spend a mile on the Oregon Coast Trail, lined with giant old-growth Sitka Spruce, enjoy a canopy of huge Douglas Firs near the cool clean water of Gwynn Creek, and look for ocean views as we stroll along Cook’s Ridge. This hike is listed as moderate, but has some major elevation gain in short bursts of steep climbing.

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Photo by Marielle Cowdin.

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