Cooks Ridge Trail #1372

Area Status: Open

Looking for an energetic loop hike in the old-growth spruce forests of the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area? The Cook's Ridge Trail, which begins in the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center uppermost parking lot connects four different trails - the Discovery Loop TrailCummins Creek Trail, Gwynn Creek and Oregon Coast Trail to create a 6 mile hiking loop.

To access this trail, follow the Discovery Loop Trail, to its junction with the Cook’s Ridge Trail. 

  • 6 mile loop trail
  • Moderate to difficult


At a Glance

Current Conditions: 3/22/2024: Trail is open. Some logs reported down with winter storm debris.
Water: None
Restroom: None
Passes: Recreation pass or fee required at trailhead
Information Center: Central Coast Ranger District - Cape Perpetua Visitor Center

General Information


11 miles south of Waldport on Highway 101 at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. The trail may also be accessed from  the northeast by taking FS Road # 55, just north of the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. 


 Trail Map (Geospatial PDF ~ 1.9 mb)

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General Notes:

Close to:


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Difficult


Siuslaw NF does not have multiday backpacking opportunities due to relatively short lengths of the trail system.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.3 miles

  Elevation : 
160 to 1,500 feet