Adventures in Oregon: Views from Ecola Point

 


Map of Indian Beach and Ecoloa Point
Map of Indian Beach and Ecoloa Point

While we were exploring Indian Beach at Ecola State Park, we noticed a sign pointing to additional viewpoints. The weather continued to be dreary. A few years ago, we hiked a week in the rain in the Grand Tetons so we weren’t going to shy away from exploring on this day either.

I can’t tell you the exact road, but it led us to a point further south of Indian Beach and there were quite a few other cars in the parking area. The overlook brought us to a place where we could see Cannon Beach and the famed Haystack Rock with the summer’s growth fading in the foreground.

NOTE – Apparently this is near Ecola Point and Crescent Beach (see map above). If all else fails, look for those landmaarks.


Cannon beach through the grassland
Cannon beach seen through the grassland

The sky would lighten and darken at times adding even more dramatic views.


The sky turned stormy at times
The sky turned stormy at times


A closer view of the massive ocean rocks
A closer view of the massive ocean rocks


Haystack Rock is the iconic feature of Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock is the iconic feature of Cannon Beach

This was not the only scene available at this stop. Sea Lion Rock could be seen off the coast and even on a grey day, it loomed large in the distance. Apparently native wildlife can often be seen in and around this protrusion, but not during our visit.


Sea Lion Rock awaits around the bend
Sea Lion Rock awaits around the bend


Craggy beauty surrounds the cove
Craggy beauty surrounds the cove

Surprisingly, we caught a glimpse of the Tillamook Rock Light in the distance.


Tillamook Rock Light way in the distance
Tillamook Rock Light way in the distance

We tried to find this during our hike of the Clatsop Loop Trail with no success, but then the fog had lifted a bit and there it was in the distance.


Tillamook Rock Light - the best shot I could manage
Tillamook Rock Light – the best shot I could manage

Although the rain held off and the sky had periods of brightness, we were ready to leave, but I needed to capture one or two more shots of Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock.


Parting shots of Cannon Beach and the Haystack
Parting shots of Cannon Beach and the Haystack


Parting shots of Cannon Beach and the Haystack

NOTE – I would like to point out that Oregon has a very enlightened approach to their shoreline. Most areas of the coast are open to the public and with the purchase of a yearly parking pass at $30 +/- visitors and residents alike can enter the state parks and enjoy the beauty of the state. We so enjoyed having this pass which gave us entré to all the areas we had earmarked. I highly recommend it.


Oregon State Parks parking permit
Oregon State Parks parking permit

You can find more information about this resource HERE.

Read More about Ecola State Parkore


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Read previous posts about our adventures hiking and exploring in Oregon:

Exploring Astoria, Oregon – Part 1

Exploring Astoria, Oregon – Part 2

Exploring Astoria, Oregon – Part 3

Adventures in Oregon: Warrenton to Seaside

Adventures in Oregon: Hiking at Indian Beach

 

Read more Hiking and Exploration posts HERE


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