Cook's Ridge and Gwynn Creek Loop Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Cook's Ridge and Gwynn Creek Loop Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yachats, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.4 miles
1,256 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


old growth

Exploring the Cape Perpetua region's trails. This is a fun loop hike rich in natural history information of the Oregon Coast region. You'll pass through spruce forests with views towards the Pacific then ascend Gwynn Creek and return via Cook's Ridge. There will be a plenty of interpretive signs to read along the way.

4 hours ago

Hiking along Gwynn Creek, crossed 12 small creeks, some over bridges, others stepping on rocks. So one can call this portion "The trail of dozen creeklets." Four stars because of no scenic views.

15 days ago

Did the trail anti-clockwise so the climb to the ridge is much more gradual. This entire hike is through mostly old growth forest. Beautiful forest but no views at all. If you do the trail anti-clockwise, keep in mind that there are no benches or other options to sit down for a break until you get to the last section of the trail that is an interpretive loop.

1 month ago

Did this loop today counter clockwise. Beautiful day high mid 60’s and clear. Wonderful trail through ferns and old growth Sitka Spruce. Not too steep and well maintained trail. Not sure why its rated hard except maybe the length. We had just over 7 miles total. We saw two other people , both within 1 mile of Visitor Center

6 months ago

I started at Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint. I found the forest around Gwynn Creek trail to be the best section.

8 months ago

I start this loop from Hwy 101 at Neptune, which is a wonderful beach with sandstone cliffs and eroded basalt. . Terrific Sitka Spruce old growth forest flanks the hills along Gwynn creek. A brief switchback climbs to Cooks Ridge trail which eventually descends to Cape Perpetua Visitor center. Bald Eagles nest atop Cooks ridge, Kingfishers along Gwynn Creek. I have seen Chanterelles along this trail as early as mid July

11 months ago

We went the other way. Coast trail to Gwynn Creek to Cook's Ridge and Discovery loop back the three visitor center. This is a much more gradual 3.5 mile hike up to the highest point. It's a great trail and we only encountered 6-8 other groups on our Monday afternoon hike.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Nice hike with forest and ocean views. Also not crowded once you get away from the visitors center.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

This was an absolutely gorgeous hike! the trail was well marked with many signs along the way. the first half of the cooks ridge trail is quite a climb in elevation so be prepared to do some serious hiking! there is an amazing view at the halfway point and we sat down and ate lunch there. worth the climb!

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