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Oregon Wild Hikes: Gwynn Creek and Cummins Creek

Spectacular old-growth along the Oregon Coast, near Cape Perpetua

Wilderness Passport StampGwynn Creek and Cummins Creek

Siuslaw National Forest

Difficulty: Moderate
Multiple options, recommended is a 5.5 to 6 mile loop
Elevation Gain:
Year round.
See Siuslaw National Forest

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About the Hike

There are several loops that you can do in the Gwynn Creek – Cummins Creek area. Recommended here is the 5.5 mile loop that takes in the Gwynn Creek trail, Cook’s Ridge trail, and discovery loop just east of the Cape Perpetua visitor center. The Gwynn Creek drainage, just north of and adjacent to the Cummins Creek Wilderness, is home to massive old-growth Sitka spruce, Douglas-fir, and Western hemlock. Some of the last remaining old-growth forests of the Oregon Coast Range are found on this loop hike that takes in valleys, ridgetops, and tidepools. From the parking area, head north on the coGwynn Creek Trail - smallastal trail to a junction with the Gwynn Creek trail (just over the creek) and turn right. The first 2.5 miles is a gradual uphill to the ridgetop. Once up there, turn left for a gradual descent from Cook’s Ridge down to Cook’s Discovery Loop (go either way, both take you to the visitor center). Take in the tidepools on the shore before completing the loop on a little over a mile of the Oregon Coast Trail back to your car. Moderate, 5.5 to 6 mile loop.

The Dirt

Hikes in the Gwynn Creek and Cummins Creek area offer a glimpse of old-growth coastal rain forest--a unique environment that is now extremely rare in Oregon due to reckless logging practices.  These trails are located in Siuslaw National Forest, which is today among the most progressive forests in Oregon when it comes to protecting old-growth and roadless wild areas.  The Siuslaw does not log in these sensitive environments, and has worked with Oregon Wild to develop a conservation-based thinning program that focuses on areas that have already been impacted by past logging.

Getting There

Parking is off of Highway 101, north of Florence just a mile or two south of Yachats. For free parking and to do the loop as described above, turn right just north of Neptune State Park at a sign that says “Cummins Creek Trailhaed ¼ mile”. Park at the closest trailhead and head north. Or, do the loop backwards by parking at the Cape Perpetua visitor center where there are restrooms but a $5 day use fee.


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