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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.

We will meet at the northeast parking lot of South Eugene High School at 8:00 AM on Sunday, August 10, and leave by no later than 8:30 AM for the trailhead.   We strongly encourage you to participate in a carpool from SEHS to the hike location.  The trailhead is approximately 1.5 hours from Eugene.  The trail starts from the Cape Perpetua Visitors’ Center that is about 25 miles north of Florence on US Highway 101.  The estimated return time back to Eugene is 4 PM.

Difficulty: Moderate+
Distance: 6 mile loop
Elevation Gain: 1100ft (plus some up-and-down)

Dogs: Up to 3 dogs (total) are welcome for this outing, and must be on leash or under voice control at all times.

Preparation:  Participants should pack a lunch, snacks, and at least 2 quarts (liters) of water.  It is possible that it will rain so it is advised to bring rain gear, and wear waterproof boots and quick drying clothing.

A $3 suggested donation to help support our outings program would be greatly appreciated.

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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  • Ariel

    Hi, I'm on the waiting list to come on this hike. When would I know if I am able come or not? I would want to carpool for such a long distance, and I have a large dog. My truck does not get good gas milage and could only take one other person, so it's not a great carpool vehicle unfortunately.

    August 6, 2014

    • Ariel

      Well, I got invited to the Scandinavian Fest tomorrow and I have never been, so I will skip this walk for now. I definitely want to do this walk at some point. Thank you for hosting this event and this group. Hope to participate soon!

      August 9, 2014

  • Marissa

    Sorry folks, but I was just in the Yachats area yesterday, and the drive is so long I don't want to do it again. I know it will be fun, so next time!

    August 9, 2014

  • Stephanie L.

    Hi everyone. I've also had to bow out (darn!) So now there are two spots. :)

    August 8, 2014

  • Pam M.

    I'm not going to be able to go on this hike after all, so that opens a position in the wait list. Sorry to miss it--It's going to be a good one!

    August 7, 2014

  • Marissa

    Looking forward to this hike.

    August 4, 2014

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