The Sunday I was at Fort Stevens State Park I headed down Highway 101 to do a bit of exploring of the very northern section of the Oregon Coast. Since this was a Sunday in the middle of summer, I wasn’t the only one with this idea. Despite the masses, I had a very pleasant day making stops at three different locations.
Seaside is a seaside town (in case you couldn’t tell by the name) that was built around a resort constructed in the 1870’s by a railroad magnate. Today it is a tourist destination know for its 1.5 mile promenade running along wide, sandy beaches and its Jersey Shore feel. And there is salt water taffy. Plenty of taffy shops in town to get the sticky bits of goodness. I bought a mixed bag (you fill up a bag with whatever varieties that strike your fancy) that lasted me for much of my stay in Oregon.
Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park is between Seaside and Cannon Beach and offers ocean viewing opportunities and the ability to walk where part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition travelled. A contingent from the expedition passed through here on 3-day journey to Cannon Beach, where they went to view a beached whale.
I hung out with the masses at Ecola Point, explored Indian Beach, and hiked the Clatsop Loop Trail to get a great view of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, located 1.2 miles offshore.
Clatsop Loop Trail
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Cannon Beach is another touristy town, but I wasn’t here to wander the streets shopping. I was in Cannon Beach to see Haystack Rock, a 235 foot tall sea stack that is accessible at low tide. My timing was perfect as the tide was low so I was able to explore the rock and view the surrounding tide pools. The US Fish and Wildlife Service had a crew (I believe they are volunteers) to close off the tide pools and make sure the crazy tourists don’t trample the sea life.