Cummins Creek Loop

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Leader: Mike Smith
Hike: 9.8 miles, 1400 ft (Moderate)

We had thirteen on this trip--10 in Eugene, one pick up in Florence and two from Corvallis, and we all got to the trailhead about the same time. It was a sunny, cool, somewhat windy day, as we did Cummins Creek Loop clockwise from Cape Perpetua. The trail climbs steadily until just before the Gwynn Creek turn, and then climbs again to the junction near the FS road. We had lunch on the overlook at the beginning of the long downhill stretch, then came back on the Oregon Coast Trail to the Visitor's Center. I always enjoy seeing the gradual decrease in Sitka Spruce and the rather sudden onset of Douglas firs as we go further from the ocean. On the way back, we got to see Spouting Horn, although we were in middle of the outgoing tide, and it was a neap tide (last quarter Moon) besides. There were few others on the trail, and I found as leader I could occasionally position myself where I heard nothing at all, or just the light wind and a few sounds from the woods. It is a delightful place!

Members: Smith, Mike, Jacobsen, Janet, James, Daphne, Meacham, Lynn, Steggell, Dorene, Carpenter, Kathie, Cooney, Marguerite, Lodeesen, David, Masin, Rachelle, Randall, Kathy, Rice, Cindy, Sojak, Darko. Nonmembers: Moritz, Jules.

Beautiful day at the Oregon coast.—photo by Darko Sojak
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