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Covering 160 miles of Oregon coast:
Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi,
Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport,
Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
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Travel Secrets: Coastal Sea Stacks
- They stand like enormous sentinels just offshore, as if guarding
the beaches or headlands they've stood in front of for eons. Dark,
brooding and even a little spooky when you stare at them long enough,
their size is a little intimidating. It's not hard to imagine them
coming to life - becoming animated - and causing a frightening amount
of damage. Godzilla would have nothing on them.
they are is ancient - and incredibly resilient. They've been around
for millions of years. But for the last 100 or so years of Oregon's
coastal tourism history, they, and the areas around them, have served
as major attractions and sources of fun and awe.
As obvious and
as imposing as they are, they have their hidden sides and aspects.
And so do the areas in which they reside.
Twin Rocks looming offshore pop into view briefly in the Twin Rocks
section of Rockaway, at its southern end. As you drive past Minnehaha
St. on 101, you'll catch a brief glimpse as the dunes dip ever so
swiftly, and the two sea stacks appear as two giants peeking out
from the beach accesses. They don't appear again until you're in
the middle of town or on the beach. At the access at Minnehaha St.,
they are at their closest to the beach. Once you get up onto the
main beach parking lot by the trolley, the Twin Rocks are in the
distance, but they show another side. This angle allows the arch
to become more pronounced and obvious. It doesn't look as thick
from this angle as it does at the southern end.
This beach goes
on for seven miles, and is still one of the coast's more pristine,
in spite of it being so well known. It's like a hidden tourist resort,
existing well on those contradictions in terms for years. Numerous
hotels, a few eateries and several "touristy" shops inhabit
this lengthy town, yet it never becomes bogged down in that commercial
feel, no matter how hard it tries.
sea stack, with its arm-like structure hanging at its side, is one
of two on the North Coast that share the name Haystack Rock. Being
a monolith, it stands alone just a ways from the golden, wind carved
cliffs of Pacific City's Cape Kiwanda. Sometimes, you'll see fishing
boats wandering somewhat close to the giant basalt structure - and
you'll feel a little jealous. "Why can't I inspect it at such
close quarters?" you ask yourself.
to catch dozens of amazing views and structures you won't see anywhere
on the coast. From weirdly colored, pockmarked landscapes that look
like an alien world, a giant bowl of basalt and sand with surprise
geysers of sea water to incredible craggy cliffs of varied shapes
to the brilliant gold of the cape that seems to catch fire when
the sun hits it right.
sits the other Haystack Rock with its much-photographed "needles"
- the smaller stacks which jut upwards near the main monolith. Haystack,
seen here in the distance, allows you to climb it a little bit and
ogle the tide pools at lower tides.
Then, a ways
to the north, you can catch loads of other sea stacks from Ecola
State Park (the view in this photograph). At the very northern end
of the town's beaches, the tide and a set of stacks guard the hidden
beach of Crescent Beach - only accessible by a mile and a half hike
from the road near the entrance to Ecola State Park. At those rare
extreme low tides, you can walk into the beach (briefly, however,
as the tide closes things back up soon).
Also from Ecola,
you can catch the best and closest view of distant, mysterious Tillamook
Rock and its legendary lighthouse - about a mile offshore.
this varied and fun-filled beach near Florence, two sea stacks cap
the headland which sports the Heceta Head Lighthouse and a labyrinth
of amazing trails that show off unforgettable views. On the beach
below, numerous sea caves line the cliffs here and provide tons
of amusement possibilities.
story about the closest sea stack is that it was actually much more
connected to the headland. However, tourists in the earlier part
of the century spent so much time getting stranded or in trouble
on the rocky bluffs that state authorities blasted the accessible
chunks of rock away to keep folks from getting up there.
Now, the lighthouse
allows visitors and tours, and the keeper's quarters is a B&B.
The beach is a mix of tide pools, caves, sand, cobblestones and
various birds that like to feast or just hang out.