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Cummins Creek

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 3.6 (17) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A 'must-do' ride on the central Oregon coast.


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6.1

Miles

9.9

KM

100%

Singletrack

1,252' 382 m

High

113' 34 m

Low

1,164' 355 m

Up

1,162' 354 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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Overview

With the trailhead just a quarter mile off Hwy 101, there's no reason not to enjoy this ride if you're traveling along the Oregon coast. These hills around Cape Perpetua often rise above the coastal fog. Old-growth forest, ferns, a variety of trail surfaces, and a fun downhill make this short loop a memorable one.

Need to Know

Most trails in the area of Cape Perpetua are closed to mountain bikes, but this ride is the exception. Be aware that this trail is also popular with hikers.
The beach across the highway at Neptune state park is a good place to cool off, and you can find all manner of good refreshments in the nearby village of Yachats.

Description

Heading up the Cummins Creek trail, it is smooth and wide for the first 1.3 miles as it ascends gradually to a junction where the Cummins Creek Loop trail comes in on the left. Keeping to the right, the trail continues on a similar grade along the old road bed, but becomes much narrower for another mile and a half.

At this point, 2.8 miles and 675' above the trailhead, the trail abruptly begins climbing at a much steeper and rougher grade, gaining 500' in the next half mile, before reaching the upper junction with the Cummins Creek Loop trail.

Here you can add some more climbing, nearly 2 miles of out-and-back, and a longer descent by staying to the right and going out to where the Cummins Creek trail ends on NF Road 55, then returning to this junction.

Otherwise, lower your saddle and head down the Cummins Creek Loop trail. the descent gets right down to business with a tough rocky section before zooming across a clearing with views out over the Cummins drainage. Re-entering the forest, the trail follows a ridge down to rejoin the Cummins Creek trail. Along the way, there are many big roots, a few rocks, lots of tight turns, and even one short steep climb.

Finish up with the smooth ride down to the car, while watching for pedestrians!

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Shared By:

Peter Carse

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  3.6 from 17 votes

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Heading down the ridge on Cummins Creek Loop trail
Aug 9, 2014 near Waldport, OR
Bumpy climbing up the Cummins Creek trail
Aug 8, 2014 near Waldport, OR
Roots and rocks along the Cummins Creek Loop trail
Aug 9, 2014 near Waldport, OR
Cummins Creek Loop trail
Aug 9, 2014 near Waldport, OR
Trail gets narrower before the steep climb
Aug 8, 2014 near Waldport, OR
About 2 miles up Cummins Creek trail
Aug 8, 2014 near Waldport, OR

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Jun 21, 2020
Tim Kaufman
Jul 4, 2019
Christopher Hawkins
Aug 21, 2018
Charlie Riou
Mar 25, 2018
Juan Ramos
Easy beginning uphill. Tough second part of uphill at 20% grade. Super fun downhill! 6.1mi
Mar 11, 2018
Andy Arnsberg
Yup, like everyone else says: it gets really steep about half way through. Fun trail if you're in the area. Popular with hikers, too. 6.7mi — 1h 25m
Aug 29, 2017
MJ Johnson
Difficult climb. 7.4mi
Aug 19, 2017
Krista Stearns
Trial dry and in good condition; last push up to top will require a hike-a-bike for most riders.