ElevationAscent: 1,138' 347 m
Descent: -1,138' -347 m
High: 1,242' 379 m
Low: 118' 36 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“A "must-do" run on the central Oregon coast.”— Peter Carse
The beach across the highway at Neptune State Park is a good place to cool off, and you can find all manner of good refreshments in the nearby village of Yachats.
At this point, 2.8 miles and 675' above the trailhead, the trail abruptly begins climbing at a much steeper and rougher grade, gaining 500' in the next half mile, before reaching the upper junction with the Cummins Creek Loop Trail.
Here you can add some more climbing, nearly 2 miles of out-and-back, and a longer descent by staying to the right and going out to where the Cummins Creek Trail ends on NF Road 55, then returning to this junction.
Otherwise, prepare your knees and head down the Cummins Creek Loop Trail. The descent gets right down to business with a rugged, rocky section before opening up to a clearing with views out over the Cummins drainage. Re-entering the forest, the trail follows a ridge down to rejoin the Cummins Creek Trail.
Finish up with the easy-going run down to the car.
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