Clay D. on Cummins Creek Trail
Incredible hike. Kicked my 68 year old butt by going counter-clockwise. Would have been worse clockwise. Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL!
This trail absolutely kicked my butt. At an embarrassing 280 pounds I managed to complete it but it was really rough. Beautiful scenery, I loved ed climbing a staircase made out of tree roots. Bring lots of water and make sure you give yourself enough time! I was nearly out there in the dark.
This was a fun mountain biking trail for our family. Our kids are ages 11, 8 and 6 and they were all able to handle any of the gradual inclines. We stayed on the main trail (didn't do the trail on the right that leads closer to the creek). It is super fun riding down!! Would do this again if we are in the area again. We started around 9:30am and saw one hiker on the trail. Beautiful area.
The route described here combines St Perpetua, Oregon Coast trail, Cummins Creak and back via Cooks Ridge; total mileage about 13 miles. Parking at Cape Perpetua Lookout ($5) -- several other (free) options at the Visitors Center, off 101 or at the trail-head for Cummins Creek.
Starting at Cape Perpetua lookout offers a short warm up by way of the Whispering Spruce (.3 miles) trail and a few sweeping view of the coastline to the south and the west. It is then time to walk down the St Perpetua Trail (1.5m) through a series of short switchbacks. The trail crosses the lookout access road before bottoming at the Cape Perpetua campground. A couple hundred yards to the East (just past the campground office-trailer) the trail continues toward the Visitors Center, crossing Cape Creek over a wooden Bridge. Time for a quick gulp at the Visitors Center water fountain.
The next section of the (Oregon Coast – 1.5m) trail follows highway 101 and offers occasional view of the coastline and the ocean through the trees’ canopy; it is essentially flat and crosses Gwynn Creek before reaching Forest Road 1050. From there, it is about 0.2 miles to the Cummins Creek trailhead. Several spots on NFR1050 to park if you want to start your hike here.
Cummins Creek trail starts as a continuation of NRF1050, offering a wide and gently graded walk for the first 1.3 m, where and “Cummins Creek Loop” trail branches off to the left. Continuing to the right (another 1.5 miles), the trail still follows what is basically a forest road grade, but it is clear that vegetation is working persistently at reclaiming its portion of the former dirt road, leaving a narrow (but well maintained) trail. At the end of this section, another junction leads to a “Dead End” trail on the right and the continuation (last segment) of Cummins Creek trail on the left. Note: the CC trail does not provide access to the creek (except maybe at the very bottom) ; it is high above it, closer to the ridgeline.
The next .7 miles of Cummins Creek trail are noticeably steeper and more rocky. There are however nice birch stands, rocky formations and small meadows to divert from the exertion. At about .5 m up, the return trail of C.C Loop branches off on the left while little further up, a .2 m spur give access to the C.C Basin lookout (open views of the wooded ridges and ocean further away -- good place of a snack and a rest). Another .5m and CC trail connects with Cooks Ridge trail (tight hairpin left).
The CR trail (3.4 m) does follow the ridge line most of the way down and offers some of the best old growth scenery of the route. Overall, CR has more variety of features than the CC trail and could be a better choice for those wanting just an out-and-back of about 8 miles. The CR trail drops down from the ridge to the Visitors Center parking lot in about .7 m.
Time for a few stretches on wooden benches, another few gulps at the water fountain and then it is up another 1.5 m to the Cape Perpetua lookout.
Just did this hike with my wife yesterday, The hike was a very beautiful hike, from the trailhead we went counter-clockwise and it was a steady climb has a few ups and down but nothing too major to complain about. The climb from the Gwynn creek trail to the cooks ridge trail is about .7 of a mile up it steep but not too steep, and then you are on top of the mountain on the cooks ridge trail which was very nice. Now it did drizzle on us and it was windy good thing we brought some layers because we would have froze up there. My shirt was soaked and I'm glad I brought an extra shirt to change into other wise I would have been miserable. from there it is about 2.4 miles to the visitor center trail head it is basically a big circle that leads back to the center we went right and it was ok to walk on. from there we went the 1.25 miles back to our start point the last 1 mile of the hike takes you along the PCH above the highway and it was very beautiful windy and rainy otherwise a typical spring day on the coast. We will be doing this hike again, this is a great hike to do while at the coast.
Great trail! I hiked this trail as part of a multi-trail hike. Started at Cummins Creek Trailhead, then broke of at the Cooks Ridge jucture and took it till Cape Perpetua. I then took the Oregon Coast trail west back to the road that takes you to the Cummins Creek Trailhead, which was a short walk back to the car.