Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Views Taken to Dizzying Heights Along Oregon Coast

Published 03/10/22 at 4:45 AM PST
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Views Taken to Dizzying Heights Along Oregon Coast

(Oregon Coast) – The beaches may reign supreme along the Oregon coast but it's the tall places that can really make an impression. Literally, the views are taken to dizzying heights at times along Highway 101. (Above: near Heceta Head)

Here's three examples:

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; major specials now that winter is here
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
major specials for winter
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Winter's enticing specials now
In Lincoln City:
Major winter specials now
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
major specials this season
In Newport:
Look for many specials
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials and tempting prices now
In Yachats, Florence
Big deals available; lodgings not listed anywhere else
Southern Oregon Coast Hotels / Lodgings
Reedsport to Brookings, places to stay; winter deals

Miles of Breathtaking Views Near Florence. A few miles north of Florence, and just south of the glorious Heceta Head Lighthouse, the highway becomes a non-stop attention grabber. More of this road is winding and twisting after the Sea Lion Caves, sometimes dotted with various viewpoints and small waterfalls tumbling off the basalt rocks on the landward side of the highway. Careful as you zig zag along, however: it's easy to get taken in by the sights and start swerving where it's the worst thing you can possibly do. Thus, the pullovers come in handy.

The main viewpoints here are bordered by black rock walls which give them a slight Gothic castle vibe – especially if you stop by on a stormy night. Below them can be spotted various kinds of wildlife, from birds to sea lions. But mostly they provide eye-popping views of the Heceta Head Lighthouse, which help make it among the most photographed lighthouses in the world.

Plenty more viewpoints lurk along the side of the road farther south, allowing you dramatic views of the ocean – and eventually a great aerial shot of the expanse of Baker Beach (Look for MP 181).

Views Taken to Dizzying Heights Along Oregon Coast  - Humbug
Courtesy  Manuela Durson - see Manuela Durson Fine Arts for more

Humbug Mountain. To call it soaring would be an understatement. Humbug Mountain and Humbug Mountain State Park on the south Oregon coast skyrocket up to 1700 feet above the ocean, making it the tallest such promontory directly overlooking this shoreline.

To get to the top is no easy feat: some 5.5 miles of a hike. But you can be well satisfied with some of the pullouts nearby and higher vantage points a ways up, where stunning views are practically de rigueur on the mountain's part.

There's bundles of camping here, reserved through Oregon State Parks. The campground and other parts of this forested wonderland are cloistered from the winds, and when combined with the south Oregon coast's penchant for warmer weather you get some of the hottest temps around the region. See Humbug Mountain and State Park on South Oregon Coast: Varied, Intricate Attractions

Cape Foulweather's Soaring Delights. Between Depoe Bay and Newport sits Cape Foulweather. Here, you won't need to bring your binoculars - just bring a buck or two worth of quarters. They've got those coin-operated thing-a-ma-bobs up there, allowing you to zoom in on whales sailing by or some of the nearby cliffs from this 500-foot-high vantage point.

In the photo above, looking to the south, you can check out the ragged, rocky shoreline that zigzags around sea stacks and large cliffs, creating secret beaches with black sands that are shut off from human touch. Above them, lies the sprawling Inn at Otter Crest complex, and just south of that you can see the brilliant sandstone of the angry Devil's Punchbowl.

To the north, there's high cliffs covered by patches of grass and untouched forest which are perfect for the coin-op binoculars. They are nothing short of mesmerizing, especially as waves crash headlong into these.

There's also a gift shop on top of Cape Foulweather and plenty of parking.

This spot is not only wondrous during the day or during storms, but on a clear night with a full moon it's like entering some enchanted netherworld.

Oregon Coast Hotels in this area - South Coast Hotels - Where to eat - Maps - Virtual Tours


More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

Coastal Spotlight

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Fiery Scottish / Irish Christmas Show Comes to South Oregon Coast's Coos Bay
A sizzling blend of Celtic cultures in music happens Dec 16. South coast events
Central Oregon Coast's Florence Holiday Festival Expands, with Gnomes, Lighte...
December 3: new additions to the festival, one starts Black Friday. Florence events
Spectacular Geminid Meteor Showers Coming to Oregon Coast, Washington Coast
Perfect conditions may yield as many as 120 fireballs per hour
South Oregon Coast's Hughes House Christmas Returns to Port Orford
Christmas Tea on Dec 17, 18 - Tours Dec 22, 23 and 26. South coast events
Recreational Crabbing Banned on South Oregon Coast; Commercial Season Delayed
The marine toxin domoic acid is high in crab. Weather
Small Quake Rattles Off South Oregon Coast, 112 Miles from Bandon
It struck off Friday morning, clocking in at a magnitude 4.5. Geology
Get Ready for Wild(ish?) King Tides on Oregon Coast, Washington Coast
First round starts November 24 - 26, and it may or not be big. Weather
Two Little Ghost Towns on S. Oregon Coast Near Bandon: History of Prosper, Ra...
At one time, they were bustling ports, filled with workers, ships

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted