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Cummins Creek Wilderness

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A close up of several Sitka Spruce trees that are covered in light green moss in the Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon.
Library image #2555: Sitka spruce, Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Cummins Creek Wilderness (map) in 1984 and it now has a total of 9,443 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Oregon and is managed by the Forest Service.

Description

The Cummins Creek Wilderness (9,173 acres) is one of three small wilderness areas established on the Siuslaw National Forest by Act of Congress in 1984. Cummins Creek Wilderness is located in the Oregon Coast Range south of Waldport and north of Florence, Oregon. It features the only old-growth Sitka Spruce forest in the Oregon wilderness system. A special forest order prohibits stock use due to fragile soils.

Overhung with alder and maple, Cummins and Bob Creeks drain west through this dense rainforest Wilderness, where Sitka spruce sometimes reach nine feet in diameter. Both creeks spill into the Pacific Ocean, whose salty water almost reaches the western Wilderness boundary. Salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout spawn in the cool creek waters. Spruce-covered Cummins Ridge, which peaks at almost 2,000 feet, splits the rain forest in two. Yellow monkey flower, purple aster, white candy flower, and red foxglove brighten summer days, which otherwise tend toward the wet and foggy. Winters never see snow.

The Cummins Ridge Trail (approximately 6.5 miles) bisects and is the only trail within the wilderness area.

Planning to Visit the Cummins Creek Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Cummins Creek Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.



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