Oregon Coast Virtual Tour: A Secret View of Cape Kiwanda
Three Capes Loop Virtual Tour, Oregon Coast: Oceanside, Netarts, Tierra Del Mar, Pacific City
The massive, sprawling headland of Cape Kiwanda is typified by cliffs ravaged and sculpted by sea and wind, resulting in a bevy of interesting shapes and designs. A host of random confluences of elements create this intricate look, one that is part weathered and aged, and somehow part sleek.
It’s also typified by glorious colors if the sun is hitting it just right. The yellow of these sandstone structures lights up in an explosive way, and the sea below becomes a deep blue, creating this perfect balance of dark and light color schemes. Nature, it seems, is still the best interior designer.
Wander a ways northward on top of this headland and you’ll encounter more of the towering dune, but also more stunning views accompanied by more abrupt drops into an oceanic oblivion. Luckily, this area is roped off all along.
Below, numerous strange cliff shapes come into view, like some sort of labyrinth made of deep canyon walls. Down there, the ocean continually explodes with force.
At the northernmost edge, you’re overlooking McPhillips Beach, sort of a hidden beach, in spite of it technically being part of the state park system.
Ever wondered what Cape Kiwanda looked like 100 years ago? Below is a shot of the place around 1920.