Hike the Cooks Ridge Trail at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area Campground - Search Nearby - Added by Dan Moe

Coastal old growth. Scenic beach. Secluded trails. Nearby campground. 6.5 mile loop hike with ~1500' elevation gain.

If you've set up camp at Perpetua Campground, head out toward the Cape Perpetua Visitors Center, head east along the Cooks Ridge Trail. After 3.75 miles and 1500ft elevation gain, head south and then west along the Cummins Creek Trail, eventually ending up at the ocean along Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint. Head back to the Visitor Center via the Oregon Coast Trail, which was once a wagon trail for early settlers. Along the way, discover old growth forests and soak in the morning's coastal fog. Herds of elk love to graze in the creek beds early in the day.


6.5 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1500 ft Gain




Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Picnic Area

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Oregon's Coastal Range At It's Finest

Many trails and loops for the beginner to someone who loves hiking. Travel from paved trails along tide pools to mountain ridge lines.

Worth It

I've hiked and ran this loop several times. There are actually several miles (I believe a total of 20+) in this area and that link into the loop. You will be treated by views of the ocean and some old growth forest. Definitely worth the trip.

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