Coast Hike: Gwynn Creek from Cape Perpetua Visitors Center

Summary: Author Bill Sullivan describes the area this way: "Some of the most spectacular old-growth Sitka spruce forests on the Coast drape the wild canyons south of Cape Perpetua."  This beautiful coastal hike offers big trees, some ocean views, and a good bit of exercise.  Note: there is a $5 parking fee at the Visitors Center.

Difficulty: Moderate+
Distance: 5.8 miles round-trip
Elevation Gain: 1100ft (plus some up-and-down)

Dogs: Up to 3 dogs (total) are welcome for this outing.

More Information: This is one of my favorite hikes.  It's about a 2-hour drive from Eugene, but well worth it.

Preparation: At the coast this time of year rain is always a possibility, so definitely prepare for that.  Bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, an extra layer of clothing, and water-resistant hiking boots.

Dogs: This is a designated dog outing.  Dogs must remain on-leash or under close voice control at all times.

About us: The Many Rivers Group is affiliated with State and National Sierra Club organizations.  The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grass-roots environmental organization in the country, with nearly a million members and supporters nationwide.  The Many Rivers Group is an all-volunteer organization that represents Sierra Club members in Douglas, Coos, and Lane counties.  Please let us know us if you would like to join our conservation and environmental protection efforts.  We also appreciate donations to support our outings and conservation programs.


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  • Darcy

    I thought this was a magnificent hike! It had everything Oregon - huge trees, babbling creeks, and ocean views. Plus the company was great. Thank you everyone for a very pleasant day.

    September 9, 2013

  • ARUN T.

    Nan and Richard and all
    I enjoyed it as well. Thanks to all the drivers and leaders. Enjoyed meeting you all.
    The only thing I could have wished for was getting my feet in the sand and water at the beach... I think even 10 or 15 mins. would have been plenty.
    PS: Nan you can send me your address so I can send you an issue of Skipping Stones by mail.

    September 9, 2013

  • Nan R.

    Really enjoyed myself. It was fun to have my dog, Amara with me and I very much enjoyed the other hikers and dogs. Am a little sore today. Thanks again Richard and Mike for the support.

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd say the hike was a 8 out of 10....very pretty...would of liked more variety through.

    September 8, 2013

  • Joe N.

    Hi Richard - I picked up a bug so I had better keep away from the group. I have done this hike many time. I consider it one of the best hikes on the Oregon Coast. When you are at the visitor center be sure to look down at the surf line. One time in May we saw Orca's feeding for sea lions by chasing them into shallow water. Luckily I had others with me who saw it also so I had my whale story that was verifiable.

    September 7, 2013

    • Richard

      Hi Joe. I'm sorry you couldn't join us, it was a really nice day of hiking.

      September 8, 2013

  • Howard S.

    Beautiful area and a very pleasant hike. Great group of fellow hikers.

    September 8, 2013

  • Kathy

    FANTASTIC group! Thank you!!

    September 8, 2013

  • Jyoti N.

    I may not be able to make it. My knees are killing me after yesterday's flash mob. I will decide tonight. Everyone have fun hiking

    September 7, 2013

  • Nan R.

    Is it possible to hook up in Veneta? I would love to bring my dog.

    August 31, 2013

    • Richard

      Yes, I think we can do that. Let's check-in later in the week about a specific plan.

      September 1, 2013

    • Nan R.

      Thanks, then count me in with Amara.

      September 1, 2013

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