Cape Perpetua

September 1, 2001

This hike achieved regional press recognition, before it even happened. The Eugene Weekly featured it as one of several great alternatives to watching that weekend's big Oregon Ducks' football game. Actually, though I'm totally ignorant of even the basic rules of football, I appreciate how big football games tend to keep the roads and trails quieter for my favorite hikes. I call this hike "Cape Perpetua", but actually we hiked and visited everything in the Cape Perpetua area, except the Cape Perpetua lookout itself. We started with a quick hike out to the tide-pools near the visitor center. Then we hiked out the Oregon Coast trail to the Cummins Creek Trail. On the upper part of this trail, a few of us caught brief glimpses of elk. At the top of the trail,we lunched. It was a partly cloudy day, so the ocean views were somewhat limited. Then we hiked down the Cook's Ridge Trail (named after Capt. Cook). The beautiful Sitka spruce forest was a hit with all the hikers. Then we stepped into the Visitor Center for a few minutes and then drove and hiked down to the Devil's Churn. There we saw more tidepools and some very hardy starfish clinging to the sides of the Churn chasm. Then we stopped at AlphaBits in Mapleton for some great soup and bread. Hikers were Beki Ries-Montgomery, Nancy Sharrard, Max Brown, Karen Myers, Jim Fritz, Janet Jacobsen, Anne Dhu McLucas, Arlene Deyo, Ellen Johnson, Lori Brown and Bill Montgomery, leader. Sorry, Ducks, didn't mean to steal so many loyal fans away ...

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