Four Oregon Coast Places of Wild, Hypnotizing Drama

Published 02/15/2015


(Oregon Coast) – Some spots along the Oregon coast will take you by surprise at times. Some hide the unexpected wonders of wild and wide-eyed sights that are thoroughly engaging – to the point of being downright hypnotic. Even frightening at times, as well.

Here's a look at four places along this shoreline that host especially crazed and chaotic crashing waves, the kind of oceanic fireworks that belie the laws of gravity as you know it, at least fairly often. At least one you won't know about, while the others have aspects you likely haven't heard of. See the links for maps and more about those spots.


Rodea Point, Depoe Bay. While the Depoe Bay area is well known for its oceanic monsters, one spot just south of town is especially incendiary. Rodea Point, under the right conditions, can create tall, towering waves that crash with startling intensity – not just visually, but the booming noises this place makes is even a bit frightful. It is probably the unsung hero of wild wave-watching spots on the Oregon coast – rather unknown.

They can reach a good 50 feet high, soaring over you.

At night, they are a thrill ride to watch. Here is a vivid quote from a 2009 article on Rodea Point at night from Oregon Coast Beach Connection:

“Enormous swells rumbled into existence less than 100 feet from the edge of the rocks. They would rise in an ominous fashion to an imposing height, making that slightly thunderous noise – and they hadn’t even hit anything yet. These were monsters. Seriously.

Then suddenly they would get frothy on top, and that line of foam would slither forward as the rumbling decreased, giving way to a tinier sound as the waves folded over on themselves, forming big curls.”


Yaquina Head, Newport. A looming lighthouse and a giant former quarry are not all the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area have to offer. Indeed, there's bundles of basalt fun to be had here, along with hiking trails, a surreal beach full of “magic rocks” and plenty of birding.

Some of the biggest thrills are the gargantuan waves that come crashing in from a distance. In these deeper waters, they haven't yet lost all of their power and those equally-massive basalt structures straight out to sea get slammed with ferocity on a regular basis. The resulting oceanic explosions can tower over the rocks they hit.

It's even a bit alarming to watch at times.

Hit the north face of the parking lot and you'll find viewpoint of bird-stained basalt structures and vast stretches of ocean and beach. This is a birding hotspot, and a funky little cove that also creates drama.


Yachats 804 Trail. The vast majority of Yachats is one jaw-dropping moment after another, really. But the 804 Trail and Smelt Sands never ceases to amaze, plus they give you a front row seat to savage sights – quite literally.

A little over half the time the tides are manic and wild here, creating some awe-inspiring spouting horn action. Sometimes, it's not too wild and you can get surprisingly close to these otherwise very dangerous watery pryotechnics. But mostly, you want to keep your distance.

You will be rewarded, however, with not just with spouting horns that fire water into the air but rocky shelves that make for constant battering ram target practice from the tides, which then can turn upwards into mesmerizing combinations and shapes.

A stunning secret: the very southern edge of Yachats, on the other side of the bay, hosts a mini-cove of incredibly powerful tidal displays as well.

Columbia River South Jetty. Part of Warrenton's Fort Stevens State Park, it's the only manmade structure on the Oregon coast that gets battered this hard. Stretching out to sea a good quarter of a mile, these boulders make for anger-inducing barriers for the waves, which then respond with soaring feats of watery tantrums. These can be 20 or 30 feet more in height at times.

It's also not a place you should be wandering, even though there's nothing to keep you from hopping onto the jetty. That's what the viewing platform is for. And one heck of a view you will get – almost guaranteed.

Also notable are the long stretches of ancient railroads that sit raised high in the air, a little bit inland. This is how the massive boulders were delivered to their places in the jetty during its construction decades ago.

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

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

A famous little family eatery where the seafood practically gets shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth. Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, including cioppino, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads. Fish 'n' chips come w/ various fish. Seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers. Dinners like pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, saut�ed scallops.
Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss
Pacific City, Oregon

 


Breathtaking high panoramic beach views from oceanfront rooms, spacious family suites & fully equipped cottages.  Known for gracious hospitality, the sparkling clean Sea Horse features a heated indoor pool, dramatic oceanfront spa, great whale watching, free deluxe continental breakfast, conference room, free casino shuttle & HBO.  Fireplaces, private decks and spas are available in select rooms.  Close to shops, golf, fishing & restaurants.  Pets are welcome in select rooms.  Senior discounts.  Kids 18 and under stay free in their parent's room.  Very attractive rates.
Lincoln City’s only resort hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine in penthouse restaurant and bar, for casual meal or candlelight dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other Northwest favorites, including decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range from bedrooms to studios to 1-bedroom suites with microwaves and refrigerators to full kitchens. Also, wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise room and year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love the game room and easy beach access. Full-service conference/meeting rooms for that inspirational retreat; extensive wedding possibilities.

 

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Nehalem Bay Lodgings; Wheeler, Nehalem, Motels, Hotels
Updated weekly: lodgings in Nehalem Bay, Wheeler, lodging, motels, inns, lodging deals
Cannon Beach Hotels, Lodging, Motels - N. Oregon Coast
Updated weekly: hotels in Cannon Beach, Arch Cape, lodging, motels, inns, lodging deals
Seaside Oregon Coast Hotels, Lodging
Updated weekly: hotels in Seaside, lodging, motels, inns, lodging deals
Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals, Vacation Homes
Astoria rentals, Gearhart rentals, Seaside rentals, Cannon Beach rentals, Manzanita rentals, Rockaway Beach rentals, Bay City rentals, Oceanside rentals, Pacific City rentals, Neskowin rentals, Lincoln City rentals, Gleneden Beach rentals, Depoe Bay rentals, Newport rentals, Waldport rentals, Yachats rentals
Comprehensive Oregon Coast Lodging Guide - Large List
Large list of lodgings w/ photos from Oceanside, Pacific City, Yachats, Newport, Lincoln City, Rockaway Beach, Manzanita, Wheeler, Arch Cape, Depoe Bay, Seaside, Cannon Beach
Oregon Coast Virtual Tours
Deep details of Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Bay City, Oceanside, Pacific City, Netarts, Neskowin, Lincoln City, Gleneden Beach, Depoe Bay, Newport, South Beach, Waldport, Seal Rock, Yachats, Florence
Oregon Coast Shipwrecks Exhibit Starts Off with Mystery in Cannon Beach
The mysterious beeswax, the offshore lighthouse, more. Cannon Beach events, history
A Trippy Oregon Coast Sight: Small Filament-like Finds on Beaches
It turns out they are a tad alien after all. Or at least not like most lifeforms we're familiar with. Sciences, Seaside Aquarium

Back to Oregon Coast

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

 

 

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details