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Coast Beach Spots The Locals Want Hidden From You
– Hitting Oregon’s beaches is a multi-layered experience.
It’s not just about the clam chowder, settling in with a book
at your favorite lodging, or heading to the same spot each time.
for the Oregon traveler to actually explore this coast. It’s
time to find the hidden spots, the unusual aspects to beaches you
may know well - and it's time to discover other beach secrets.
It's time for
the visitor to discover another side to coastal tourism.
coves near South Beach
Spot South of Newport
the South Beach area, it’s a host of winding, twisting spots
on the road and residential areas with no beach accesses.
But a set of
truly hidden crescent-shaped dents in the cliffs lie near a hidden
beach access about eight miles south of Newport.
Look for the Solace by the Sea Bed and Breakfast near MP 146, and
less than a quarter mile south of that you'll see an unmarked beach
access with a gravel patch by the side of the road.
Once on this
unnamed beach, you'll find a pleasant stream and a lot of striking
sandstone cliffs. But head maybe a quarter of a mile to the south
and there's a couple of these rounded-out areas in the cliffs, one
of which has a tiny waterfall. There is a tiny stretch of climbable
spots above the cliffs next to the beach access.
Rocks At Depoe Bay
for Vista St. along the northern part of Depoe Bay, just south of
the massive complex of condoos, and this will lead you down to a
charming, weather-beaten neighborhood and an amazing span of puffy,
bubble-like basalt cliffs.
find an area which delivers astounding, dizzying views of wild stuff
you won't be able to witness any other way. To the north, weird
coves and hidden caves become apparent. Straight out to sea, you're
high above the crushing, crashing waves and a captive audience member
to some amazing oceanic power.
This spot is
actually known as Depoe View Park, although there are no signs designating
it as such.
entire section, large and small crevices, perches and an endless
amount of craggy boulders make for incredible climbing and exploring
fun. All of it sits about 50 ft. above where the roaring, rather
frightening surf pounds onto the cliffs below. You can sometimes
even feel the waves hitting the rocks as their power resonates through
Then, at the
area's southern end you can see Depoe Bay, and if you peep around
the corner, you can catch close up glimpses of unusual rock structures.
at the southern end, a large formation juts out into the sea, sometimes
allowing you to climb up and walk out even farther out over the
ocean. However, much of the time its access point is so soaked by
seawater it's not a good idea to go ambling up these rocks. A spectacular
sight here is the ocean spraying this section with either small
waves or a constant stream of thick, salt-water mist.
A small trail
meanders between these cliffs and the private residences above,
and there's even a picnic table for those hungry for grub as well
as astounding views.
This area can
be found by heading down Vista St. to its end, carefully parking
without imposing on one of the private homes here, then follow the
sign that says ``To the rocks.''
Rivermouth, at low tide
North Promenade Beach Access
Head west down 12th St., across the Necanicum River, and you’ll
end up at the northernmost end of the Seaside
To the north,
there are sizable dunes at the vegetation line, plenty of Seaside’s
typically sandy beaches at the tide line and an estuary trail. This
beach has its interesting secrets. The river mouth sits about a
quarter mile from this access, and it’s usually fairly unpopulated
if not completely deserted. Along the way, it’s possible to
find thousands of sand dollars – many of them unbroken. It’s
a treasure hunters’ paradise, if whole sand dollars are your
trail is accessible from the parking lot at 12th Avenue. It winds
on for about a mile as you enter more and more unspoiled territory,
eventually winding up at a slightly rocky area near the bay mouth.
Spit and Its Ghost Town
The Bayocean Spit and the neighboring community of Meares could
be the answer if you’re searching for solitude. Bayocean is
the spit that encompasses Tillamook Bay, and the entrance to it
lies next to the tiny, fairly hidden Meares - which sits about a
half mile from Cape Meares.
Try the beach
accesses at Meares for a little getaway: wander towards the enormous
cliffs to check out the nesting wildlife above and maybe you'll
get lucky and find the tide low enough to find the hidden cove.
Or keep walking
north to the spit - or take the road a mile into the spit - and
hike Bayocean's big, fluffy dunes. This deliciously silent place,
where an entire resort once stood, takes a round trip hike of about
3.9 miles if you walk through the sandy draw near the middle and
come back around. Or you can hike the entire thing in an eight-mile
a weird remnant of history. There was once a large resort town here,
bustling with two hotels, a natatorium, a dance hall of sorts and
five miles of roads. Some 4000 lots were created for homes, with
perhaps 1600 actually being sold.
All this happened
around the 1910’s, with 1913 probably finding the place at
its height. But heavy erosion in the area, failed business deals
and finally the Great Depression ended the life of what was to be
the “Atlantic City of the West.”
By 1952 - when
the spit was breached by a really bad winter – its streets
were broken and crumbled and the place was a ghost town. A few years
later, the government burned and bulldozed the majority of the buildings
left. By 1971, the last of the remaining buildings had fallen into
sandy bluffs are all that’s left and you see no trace of the
former resort. Although some locals say you can spot remnants of
some parts of the community at extremely low tides – or even
leftovers of foundations in shallow parts of the bay and nearby
Creek Campground and Roosevelt Beach
The Forest Service operates this one, accessible by turning inland
on 101, between Florence and Yachats – just south of the Lane
County/Lincoln County border. 16 campsites are nestled in the forest
the real discovery is the beach. If you’re not camping here,
you can find this gem by looking for a couple of unmarked dusty
patches on the side of the road immediately south of a small bridge
– and just the other side from the headland at Ocean Beach.
You’ll find a long stretch of bluffs which allow you access
to Roosevelt Beach at various points.
find this charming creek spilling into the ocean, and the other
side of that headland from Ocean Beach looks strangely identical
with a very similar indentation in it. The strand wanders on for
a while and disappears out of sight beyond the sandstone bluffs,
meanwhile dotted with intriguing rock structures and covered half
in stones and half in sand.
fascinating and enchanting spot, made more so by the fact it’s
largely hidden and very unpopulated.