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.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,256 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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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.

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3 months ago

*yellow jackets* This is an awesome hike that we do each time we visit! It's a wonderful loop with some of the most incredible old growth Spruce and Doug Fir trees. There's also hemlock and cedars along the creek....just a gorgeous hike that's also a nice workout. We saw the previous post warning about bees and also ran into them today... No warning, but luckily we only got stung once apiece. We ran like crazy people though! We hiked the loop clockwise from the visitor center and they were maybe a half mile up from the bottom of Gwynn Creek (up from where the Coast Trail meets Gwynn Creek). We also let the visitor center know...still no signs or notices out, so proceed with caution. Otherwise, this hike is seriously a gem and you'll barely see anyone else.

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3 months ago

*Warning* many yellow jacket ground nests on trail last couple of miles! We hiked there this morning and must have accidentally disturbed one of the nests. We had a group of 4 leave with a combined 20+ stings (with only 1 of the group who did not get stung at all). We were about 2 or so miles from the end when we were stung and came across quite a few more nests (thankfully no more angry swarms) We let the visitor center know, and they thankfully had some benadryl to give us, I don't know if part of maintaining trails means they try to clear out nests or not, so I'd be very cautious if you do hike this! But other than that I loved the trail, it was beautiful! I would like to do it again at some point, probably in late fall or winter so I don't have anxiety about being swarmed again.

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3 months ago

Beautiful juxtaposition from a young forest to old growth. Great diversity of plants, beautiful ferns, and really huge trees. The cooks ridge section, 2.4 miles, has some moderately steep sections though I found the entire trail very enjoyable.

3 months ago

Great hike with good variety.

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4 months 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.

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4 months 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.

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5 months 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

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10 months ago

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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.

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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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