Gwynn Creek

February 20, 1994

A visit to one of Oregon’s best areas representing a temperate rain forest was the destination of three hikers looking for a unique outing. The 60-minute drive to the Cummins Creek Wilderness near Yachats rewarded us with groves of massive spruce and Douglas fir trees along with other species common to western Oregon. Recent rains swelled valleys with runoff where days earlier no water could be seen. Groups of birds including Kinglits and varied thrushes could be seen through the flora above while winter vixens played around on the forest floor. While hiking through the most stately grove the sun shone through the giants as a breeze played with the large sword ferns scattered along the moss lined trail. After dropping down to the coast from the Cummins Creek Valley, the last mile afforded us great views of the Pacific. It was at this time that the clouds parted again as we enjoyed a bright blue sea covered with white caps. The forested hills at Cape Perpetua are such a pleasant place to visit I wonder if the Heceta Banks just off the coast can match in beauty and life. The outing was a nice respite from tax preparation and the Tonya Harding story. And while we saw some rain that day I’m sure it beats being in Philadelphia. Kevin Clark (trip leader) thanks Gary Marx and Dorothy Krapes for the great company.


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