Wednesday, June 24, 2015

DESTINATION: Ecola State Park, Oregon

Leaving Haystack Rock we headed north through the town of Cannon Beach to the entrance to Ecola State Park.  This park stretches along 9 miles of coastline and wraps around Tillamook Head. 

Near Ecola looking south towards Cannon
Beach.  Haystack rock is in the distance.

View of Tillamook Lighthouse from
near Indian Point

Captain William Clark and 12 members of the Corps of Discovery traveled through what is now the park in 1806 in search of a beached whale near present-day Cannon Beach (we mentioned this in our Cannon Beach post).  After scaling the north slope of Tillamook Head and reaching one of its viewpoints, Clarke described the vista as “… the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed…”



View from near Ecola Point to beach
Submarine Rock from near Ecola Point. 
Can you see the eroded tunnel
through the rock?

Canyon Creek flows down from Ecola
State Park, across
this sandy beach and to the Pacific

The entrance road meanders through a dense Sitka spruce forest, eventually opening up to a grassy bluff offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.   Sea stacks punctuate the long sweep of shoreline south, backed by the town of Cannon Beach and ridge of coastal mountains above.


If these park roads look familiar you may
have seen them in the bicycle
riding scene from the movie Goonies. 
Several scenes from the movie were
filmed here including the Lighting
House Lounge scenes and the
truck rally on Cannon Beach.

Park signs warn of cougars in the area
but this looks pretty "squatchy" to TK