Trail difficulty
Black diamond
Elevation Gain
1,300.00 ft (396.24 m)
Trail type
8.60 mi (13.84 km)
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Cummins Creek and Cummins Loop Trails are the only trails in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area that are open to mountain bikes. They offer a great opportunity to experience the unspoiled beauty of this forested coastal headland as well as a technically and physically demanding ride. The trail starts out innocuously enough, climbing gently up an abandoned road bed. Eventually the trail narrows to true singletrack and climbs steeply up the side of the ridge. This climb is steep, long and rocky. Once the trail gains the ridge it takes on a more gently rolling character until it reaches the upper trailhead on Forest Road 55. Ascending on this road is a good option for those who wish to avoid the steep climb. On the way back, turn off onto Cummins Loop Trail, which immediately plunges precipitously down the narrow spine of the ridge. There are many steep, rooted sections that will test the limits of your bike handling skills. Be sure to take in the view of the Cummins Creek drainage from the few open meadows on the way down. Keep an eye out for hikers on both these trails.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Old-growth coastal forest. Fun, technical singletrack.


Rocky climb.

Pets allowed


Trailhead Elevation

100.00 ft (30.48 m)


Big vistas
Old-growth forest

Suitable for




I had a good time here. It is a lush coastal forest that you hardly see outside of. The views are limited. Seems like good mountain biking and mushroom picking for sure. I only saw two groups of people at the very beginning. Here is a video of my experience on the trail:
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